When ‘Westminster’ became ‘Winchester Cathedral’,
pop single master Geoff Stephens struck gold when his 1920’s styled
track became an international no.1. It even won a Grammy award beating
the Beach Boys ‘Good Vibrations’!Voiced in a session by John Carter, Stephens then hastily assembled a live band to continue the promotion.During
an eighteen month peak (1966/1967) the band were managed by Peter Grant
, released two LPs (recorded by a mixture of band members and session
musicians) , scored 4 hit singles, and played residencies in Las Vegas
to thousands. Musically rivaling contemporaries the Bonzo Dog Doo
Dah Band, The New Vaudeville Band dressed in 1920’s outfits and adopted
the 1920’s swing time style to their perky 60’s pop brand. It fitted in
perfectly with the Carnaby Street fashions of the time.Collected
here are the complete recordings credited to The New Vaudeville Band,
including unreleased tracks and song writing demos (including John
Carter’s demo of ‘Winchester Cathedral’). The package includes input
from Stephens, Carter, and band members Henry Harrison and Alan Klein.
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