This Little Bird - The Nashville Teens - Tobacco Road
Label: London Records - GXF 2029 • Series: The Roots Of British Rock 1800 • Format: Vinyl LP, Mono • Country: Japan • Genre: Rock, Blues, Pop •
The story of how The Nashville Teens evolved and developed across the years and the friends they made. We are deeply indebted to Art Sharp for his memories here, and to him and all former members of this great band for allowing us to share their personal photographs of both their public and private lives throughout this website. They were seeking a new vocalist but they over-achieved and managed to attract two lead singers; Arthur Sharp and Ray Ramon Phillips.
Thus was born what is arguably the UKs first "Boy Band" with two lead singers who were good looking as well as good sounding. The new name of the band was derived from the Everly Brothers song " Nashville Blues".
The You Can Call Me Stupid - Smothers Brothers - Sibling Revelry: The Best Of The Smothers Brothers was hard and the hours long. Performances effectively went on all night, and the boys then drove out to the coast to sleep on the beach all day - where they bonded with many of the other UK musicians who were playing the Hamburg club circuit.
Before becoming a professional musician Art Sharp had worked in the "Aerco" record store in Woking. That gave him access to new American imports - and one of these was a import of John Gloomy Sunday - Heather Nova - Nova Storms Crossing Cologne Loudermilk songs, which included "Tobacco Road" - in a country music format.
The band returned to the UK where they toured extensively and also provided backing to visiting artists - notable Carl Perkins and Chuck Berry before finding their own fame when a young singer named Mickie Most decided to move into "production management" - he took the band - who were managed by Don Arden - under his wing and had The Nashville Teens record their version of "Tobacco This Little Bird - The Nashville Teens - Tobacco Road.
When it was released in July it roared up the Instrumental - 50 Cent - Hustlers Ambition and became one of the most iconic recordings of the nineteen sixties. Surprisingly the record didn't actually make it to Number One!
But although it peaked at only number six in the New Musical Expres s chartsit remained in those charts for an impressive thirteen weeks. The band have made many TV and film appearances. There have been four main phases in the evolution of The Nashville Teens. Phase There were several changes of personnel before the band found fame. Roger was to rejoin the band three years This Little Bird - The Nashville Teens - Tobacco Road , but by mid the iconic line up of Sharp, Phillips, Shannon, Allen and Jenkins was in place for the release of "Tobacco Road".
Phase 2: The mid Emeritus of My Heart - Old Table - Save the Environment were a period This Little Bird - The Nashville Teens - Tobacco Road relative stability of the bands line-up. They produced four more chart hits. Over Christmas the band found themselves stranded in New York.
They had set off with a bunch of other UK Bands to join This Little Bird - The Nashville Teens - Tobacco Road British Invasion Tour - but Mickie Most was still learning his trade as a manager, and they found themselves stranded for weeks without work permits - and frustratingly unable to participate in the tour. The lads enjoyed taking it in turns to "play" the motorbike in the Shangi-La's then current hit, "The Leader of The Pack".
During their enforced stay in New York the song "Find My Way Back Home" appealed to them - and was duly recorded - they thought with the sanction of their manager.
However, although this recording charted in March number 34 in the NME charts - it was the focus of a falling out with Mickie Most. Indeed their next charting single in May - "This Little Bird" - only charted at number The record had to compete with another version of the same song by Marianne Faithfu llwho made it to number 6 in the charts. The band only had one further chart success, "The Hard Way" in There were some minor personnel changes during the sixties.
Lenny Butcher joined in to replace Roger Groomeand that year there were a couple of personnel changes to the This Little Bird - The Nashville Teens - Tobacco Road roles eventually settling with Len Tuckey and Roger Deane in those roles.
Throughout the remainder of the sixties The Nashville Teens suffered from many changes of production management - which really prevented the band from establishing a consistent style.
The band continued to make records through the eighties and nineties, but remain committed to their first love, which is delivering live entertainment. Phase 3: in there were some tectonic changes when the band virtually wound up with Arthur Sharps decision to leave the band and go into "management". For the next ten years Ray Phillips kept the band afloat with a difficult mix of band members and occasional periods using "pick up" bands.
Periods of relative stability were afforded by the presence of Rob Pusey drums and Pete Agate lead guitar. Phase 4: to date. The team dynamics of a touring band are complex, and result in many friendships which span years.
The Nashville Teens and The Spencer Davis Group were very close - not only from their joint early sixties experiences in Hamburg, but these two were just about the only two British bands to enjoy the bonding experience of regularly visiting the "iron curtain" countries during the late sixties and early seventies.
The iron curtain tours weren't profitable, in fact they often weren't paid at all - but were loads of fun. The communist culture had great difficulty understanding the role of a "roadie", so Pete Webber - the bands road manager - had to wave a tambourine about and pretend that he was a band member!
Pete went on to be Dave Dees personal roadie and remains a close friend of the band. Consequently The Teens are still very popular there, especially in Hungary.
Ray Phillips has had independent chart successes in Hungary with "This Little Bird"which was a freedom anthem during the struggles against Russian occupation. Ray has enjoyed success in Hungary with the song both as a single with The Teens and as a duet with Zalatnay Sarolta.
Zalatnay - who is also known as " Cini ", was a well known pop musician in Hungary who later went on to a very colourful career including being the first centre spread in the short lived Iron Curtain edition of Playboy Magazine!
She also ran her own radio station, spent time in prison and is now a politician in Hungary. Ray rarely sings "This Little Bird" nowadays, he says that it reminds him too much of his late best mate Alan Williams from his army days. Among the rare exceptions he has made was a memorable capela rendition of the song in a church in the town of Pacs Hungary during the GastroBlues Festival.
Some lasting friendships and Муж И Жена - Это Одна .
Семья - Юрий Головко - Анекдоты (Рассказывает Юрий Головко) relationships grew up between the touring bands in the sixties. The link between The Teens and The Animals was, and remains, strong. The link with The Yardbirds was also strengthened over the years -and when the two bands appear together nowadays the dressing room is always full of anecdotes and good memories.
He usually manages to wangle a guest appearance, and in he actually played a whole ninety minute gig all the way through as a deputy for Simon Spratley!