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The Musicians  :  Mike SPENSER

Biography before The BISHOPS

 

Mike was born in Brooklyn (U.S.A.). He was singing Doo Wap when he was a boy. 
In 1969, he had his first band: The Belvederes. They played nothing but late fifties and early sixties Doo Wap.

In the early seventies, Mike went to Denmark where he took (as he said) a lot of acid.

When he went back to New York he sang in a series of commercial Doo Wap and Rhythm  & Blues bands.

Then he started a band called (Johnny & ) The Kingbees. Their music was based on the first two Rolling Stones albums.

Around this time, Mike lived in a loft in Manhattan. He drove bands with his van, he was also a roadie for The New York Dolls.

The roadie days

Mike Spenser

The Kingbees broke up when they got regular jobs or got married.

Mike's parents left New York for Florida. Mike remembers : "I lived briefly in Chicago and went to college to get out of the army draft lottery which I drew a lucky 321. I left school next day"

For those like me who don't understand, Mike explains : "In 1970/1971, the US Government created a lottery which combined all 365 days of the year from 1 to 365. When your birthday was picked if the number picked at random was low you would get called up to join the army. If, within one year, your number was not called - like high numbers - you were free for the rest of your life from being called up. They would start a 1 and go up till they filled the quota of men needed to replace those killed or missing."

Then, Mike decided to leave for London.

There he got involved in the musical scene and soon put an ad in the Melody Maker to recruit musicians into rhythm and blues. This led to form Chrome, with Zen De Fleur.

According to Mike, the band only lasted 2 months. Brian Turrington of The Winkies and Tyla Gang fame was around.

 

 

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