RAY KING SOUL BAND / PACT

RAY KING SOUL BAND / PACT
circa 1966 - 1968 - Source Braodgate Gnome http://www.broadgategnome.co.uk/bands-k.htm

Soul band

Line up: Ray King (vocals), Jim Lang (tenor), Ken Horton (baritone), Terry Leeman (organ), Paul Williams (guitar), Paul Slade (bass), Malcolm Jenkins (drums).

Previously King Size Kings, they were signed to Pye Records' Piccadilly label in January 1967 by Producer John Schroeder, who obviously had the successes of Geno Washington and Jimmy James in mind.

Cut first single "Behold" in February 1967 at Pye Studios in London.

Hard working outfit their residency at the Playboy Club in London resulted in a live album for Direction CBS Records, produced by Phil Smith. Stand By Me was also featured on Direction CBS compilation album. Audiences at the Playboy Club included Lulu, Barry Gibb, George Harrison, Frank Sinatra & Sammy Davis Jnr

After 1968 the band famously lived entirely in hotels for 18 months while they toured - Lands End to Northern Scotland and on to France, Germany, Holland, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Belgium. The band worked Hamburg directly after the Beatles.

Among many appearances alongside the super famous, the Soul Band played with Ike & Tina Turner (with PP Arnold), Solomon Burke, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, Lee Dorsey, Jimi Hendrix (jammed on bass in the Revolution Club and later joined by Paul McCartney), Stevie Wonder.

Leeman left to join The Peeps (later Rainbows) in January 1968.

Jenkins had previously been in The Pickwicks.

Ray went on to play with Pharaoh's Kingdom, Boss, Cyamde (charted in the US R&B listings, reaching Nos 5 & 6 with single and album respectively). He also coached French singer Johnny Halliday to sing in English (he recorded Stand By Me as instructed by Ray), and spent time with Bridgette Bardot).

Singles:

A: Baby I Need You / B: Lonely Boy (Piccadilly 7N ? 1967)

A: Now That You're Gone (and I'm All Alone)/B: ? (Pye 1967)

(And added from Rex Brough - Behold / Soon you'll be gone - 1967 What You Gonna Do - 1978

Album:

Live At The Playboy Club (Direction 8-63394 1968)






Ray Borkowski remembers - 
Ray King formed an 8 piece band sometime in 1972. We practiced for 6 months
but nothing came of the band.
It was though, a privilege to have co written several songs with him. He
was a gifted lyricist and I provided the melodies.

Neville Staples recalls in his autobiography
" Ray king touched the lives of three of the Specials very directly - me,  Lynval Golding and Jerry Dammers but in very different ways. With me he launched Neville Staples on to the Sound System scene as a DJ in his own right. Lynval became part of the well established Coventry soul scene and Jerry ...

Ray came to England from the Carribbean island of  St. Vincent and the Grenadines at the start of the 1960's. he arrived just in time for Cliff Richard and didn't get him at all. What he liked was the sound of Emile Ford and the Checkmates - a Jamaican-led pop group that got to No 1 in the UK charts in 1959 with Why Do you Want to make those eyes at me for?.  Far better in Ray's view than Cliff's efforts.

Ray went from singing on the production line at a Morphy Richards iron factory in Northampton to being talent-spotted and propelled to fame in the 1960's as leader of the Ray King Soul Band. After a long residency at the Playboy Club in London, performing for the likes of Frank Sinatra, recording an album there and dispensing singing tips to French Crooner Johnny Halliday, ray came back to Coventry. he played to a bigger crowd at the Locarno than the Rolling Stones got around the same time."



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