circa 1963 - 1969
R&B / Freakbeat
Line up 1: Don Maughan (Don Fardon) (vocals), Pip Whitcher (lead guitar), Terry Jukes (rhythm guitar), Phil Packham
Line up 2
Don Fardon - (born Donald Maughn, 19 August 1940, Coventry) - Lead vocals
Philip (Pip) Whitcher - (born 1943, Coventry) - lead guitar and vocals
Philip (Phil) Packham - (born 13 June 1945, Bidford-on-Avon) - bass guitar
Wez Price - (born Wesley Price, 19 July 1945, Coventry) - rhythm guitar
Bruce Finley - (born 20 September 1944, Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland) - drums
Lineup 3 Philip "Pip" Whitcher - vocals, lead guitar / Wez Price - bass / Roger Lomas - guitar / Bruce Finlay - drums
Lineup 4 Chuck Fryers- vocals organ, guitar / Wez Price - bass / Chris Smith - keyboards / Mick Bradley - drums
Let The Love Live / Don't Sing No Sad Songs For Me Apr '66
Pink, Purple, Yellow and Red / My Gal 1967
Verde Rossa Gialli Blu 1967 Italian single
Zabadak 1967 Italian single
Per una donna no! 1967 Italian single (Credited to Chris and the Sorrows)
Hey Hey 1968 Italian single
More Sorrows tracks on You Tube.
Above is the original line up. Maughan had previously been in The Hawks. A hard gigging band, they played blues and beat and secured a twice a week residency at the Pilot in Radford, building up a faithful large following.They also played at Coventry City's Highfield Road ground during half time.
They were signed to Pye's Piccadilly label by producer John Schroeder and released a tough, self-penned a-side for their first single.
Jukes left soon after and was replaced by ex-Unknowns guitarist Wes Price. This line-up recorded the Shuman / Westlake composed second single. Although another good performance, the single failed to sell in the quantities needed to chart and the band were demoralised enough to consider splitting. However they heard a song which was to be their first (and only UK) hit. It was the Boys Blue's version of 'Take A Heart' , written by Miki Dallon (aka Mickey Tinsley).
They recorded a superb moody version of the song and were rewarded by a number 21 position in the UK charts in
The Sorrows music was raucious upbeat frenzied hard aggressive rock with great musicianship and an incredible drum beat.
Pye had already scheduled an album release, and this duly came out at the end of 1965. Although containing a few previously released tracks, it was a great demonstration of their talents and styles mixing R&B, Beat, Folk Rock and raw punk attitude, it nevertheless failed to sell in enough quantites to stop it becoming quickly deleted, and is now one of the more sought after artifacts of the beat era.
The band spent too long following up their successes and this coupled with management problems saw the band famous, but with no money, they toured, but were practically starving and by early 1967 they were out of favour with the fickle mid-'60's pop audience.
Lomas moved back to Coventry in September 1967, Whitcher followed soon after.
Their profile in Italy was such that they were offered a record deal and went back there to record the 'Old Songs, New Songs' album in 1968.
And from Rex Brough
Coventry's greatest 60's band. Their sound was similar to the R 'n B bands like the Kinks and the Pretty things - raw
Wes Price did one tour and a single with Indian Summer. Phil Whitcher after being in the Eggy, was in a short-lived studio group with Roger Lomas and Paul Hooper called the Zips. He later joined joined Torquays "Brummies in Exile" in the 90's. Don Maughn changed his name to Don Fardon. In the early 80's the band reformed without Don Fardon. Tim James played in this line-up. Fardon, however did take part in another brief reunion in the early 90's. Don Fardon had some solo hits including his biggest “Indian Reservation” which Paul Revere and the Raiders covered.
Bruce Finlay - Found!
Bruce Finlay is now in a band in Alaska called ANWR. It is named after the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). He is also the producer of BLACK & TAN RECORDS, ANWR's label. He has toured in other bands in Canada and the United States. I have pasted a web link of your page onto our website. ANWR currently has a single to be released December 2002.
Freakbeat - From Wikipedia - To quote Wikipedia, “Freakbeat is a primarily European rock music genre that peaked between 1966 and 1967. Elements of the freakbeat sound include strong direct drum beats, loud and frenzied guitar riffs, and extreme effects such as: fuzztone, flanging, distortion and compression or phasing on the vocal or drum tracks. Often used to describe the European counterpart to the psychedelic garage rock of American groups like The Seeds, The Thirteenth Floor Elevators, and The Standells, freakbeat is most often applied to music originating in the UK, although many artists on the European continent also contributed to the freakbeat style. Some of the best-known examples of the freakbeat genre include the British hits “Take a Heart” by The Sorrows, “Making Time” by The Creation, and “I Can Hear the Grass Grow” by The Move.”
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