The last recordings and drummer changes
|Having lost 2 founding
members in 3 months, The BISHOPS are considering their future. The
very next future is already planned. It's a live session on the Andy
PEEBLES show on BBC RADIO 1 early in July.
They recruit Peter MILES,
an Australian drummer who was in London for some years and had been
playing in some English band. He had also played in various bands in
Australia before moving to England.
This line up didn't tour a
lot. They only did a few gigs around London.
Early in October 1979, The BISHOPS decided to have a trip to
Australia to tour there for 6 weeks and try to negotiate and sort out Paul
BALBI's return in England.
The 6th line up lasted for only a few weeks.
|In Australia, The BISHOPS
found Paul BALBI on drums again. Together they played this 6 weeks
tour of the Australian East Coast.
In Sydney, they were joined
on stage by The COASTERS and jammed on "Poison Ivy".
While in Australia, The
BISHOPS also found some time to record "No Lies" in
Sydney's EMI Studios 301.
This track have been released
in Australia (but also in Benelux and Austria) as a single, with "(Waiting
For) Saturday Night" as B-Side.
Then they flew back to England leaving their founding drummer in
Back in England, The
BISHOPS needed a new drummer.
They recorded "Taste
And Try" live at the Hope And Hanchor with Charles MORGAN
on drums. The song is included on "The London R & B
Sessions", a compilation of 12 bands caught live in this pub
during November and December 1979.
The whole album is recorded
on the Stiff mobile by Barry FARMER who had already worked as a recording
engineer for The COUNT BISHOPS on their first Chiswick recordings.
But The BISHOPS didn't
survive the loss of 2 of their founding members and soon disbanded.
They were a fabulous rhythm
and blues group. They had their roots in the past: in the sixties
(covers of FLEETWOOD MAC, the KINKS, the STANDELLS, ...), in black blues
and early rock (covers of Sonny Boy WILLIAMSON, Willie DIXON, Slim HARPO,
Elmore JAMES, Chuck BERRY, ...) and in soul music (covers of Otis REDDING,
Sam COOKE, SAM & DAVE, ...).
But The COUNT BISHOPS
were not only a cover band. They were also fine composers. They have
written a lot of little jewels. It's a real pleasure to play their records
LOUD and let their music flow
into your ears.
Thanks to all the musicians,
Roger Armstrong and Ted Carroll
for such a pleasure.
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