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Loz Netto (formerly of Nack ed en (with John Bradbury) in 1970 and later with Sniff and the Tears talks about the band
Moon - to Pete Chambers in a Backbeat - Coventry Telegraph article. 


Loz Netto Site www.loznetto.co.uk/

I don't think Moon were a Coventry band as such but through Loz Netto, Ron Lawrence and Noel McCalla, they had Coventry connections.

Loz - " I got a call from a friend Noel McCalla, also from Coventry. He had got a gig with a new band in London called
Moon and they were holding auditions for a guitar player and bass player. So Ron Lawrence (Formerly with Cov folk band April and later sessioned for the Kinks and many more)and myself went along, got the gig and started playing the London pub scene. 

"We played pretty much every major town in the UK and Wales, travelling up and down the motorways in our bashed up Transit van. We also played The Butts College in Cov and The Lanchester Poly. 

"We were doing lots of live radio shows for John Peel, I guess all that helped us get signed to CBS records. 

"We recorded two albums for the label. We were then doing bigger venues like The Hammersmith Odeon and The Fairfield Halls in London, 

The Glasgow Apollo, Odeon cinemas etc, supporting bands like War, Thin Lizzy, Boxer, Crawler, Gill Scot Heron and many others. 

"I guess the band was together about three years before we called it a day." Sniff 'n' Tears, Drivers Seat, a superb song, does it bug you that it never did the business in the UK? What was the best part of being in the band? "I then got a job as house guitar player for a now defunct label called Imagination records. I did a bunch of albums before becoming one of the original members of a band called Sniff 'n' the Tears. 

"The first single Drivers Seat became an international hit but the UK public were a bit sniffy, excuse the pun. 

"Despite Steve Wright continuously playing it and appearing on Top of The Pops, the single never took off here. 

"The band also played The Old Grey Whistle Test. We did a fair amount of TV in Europe plus tons of touring in Spain, Franc , Germany and the US. We were managed at this point by Bud Prager who was also Foreigner and Bad Company's manager."

Ron Lawrence with his Cov folk rock band April (1970) (Ron Lawrence is 3rd from left).

Noel McCalla (born 4 November 1956 in London, England) is a British rock singer. He was the lead vocalist for the rock
group Manfred Mann's Earth Band from 1991 until September 2009, when his mutually accepted departure was announced. He was replaced as the band's vocalist by Peter Cox, best known for his work as lead singer of Go West (band).

McCalla was born on 4 November 1956, to Hubert Sylvester McCalla, a minister in a gospel church, and Elizabeth Victoria McCalla, in North London, England. There were eight children in the family. He attended Alexandra Park infant school in London, but was withdrawn at the age of nine, as the family moved to Coventry, where he attended Hillfarm Junior School and began studies at Barkers Butts Secondary School.

At 15, McCalla dropped out of school to work with a band called Black and White Notes. They gigged and eventually
supported The Shadows. He then joined Moon, who were signed to Epic Records. After splitting from the band, he stayed with Epic Records, releasing a solo album. In 1972, McCalla left his family in Coventry to move to London.

From 1977, he worked as a backing vocalist for Sniff 'n' the Tears. During this time, he worked as a freelance musician. He sang on Mike Rutherford's solo album Smallcreep's Day and on Morrissey-Mullen's 1985 This Must Be the Place. By 1981, he had decided to form his own band, which he had named Contact. They played a series of gigs, producing a cassette. In 1993, the band's name changed to McCalla, and they released “Push and Pull”, followed by “Hot From The Smoke" in 1995.

Manfred Mann

McCalla first became involved with Manfred Mann's Earth Band in 1990, featuring on the Plains Music album, and thereafter toured extensively with them, also featuring on the studio albums Soft Vengeance and 2006, and the live album Mann Alive.

From mid 2006, he collaborated with jazz band Dave Lewis 1Up.


His fifteen-year-old son Mali Michael-McCalla competed for a place in the fifth series of the UK talent competition X-Factor in 2008, but did not progress to the Live Final stages. Mali auditioned for the 2009 series, but did not get past the 'bootcamp' stage.

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noel_McCalla