Friday, 8 June 2018

Autumn “My Little Gir / Sun Sunshine” 1971 single 7" + “Not The Way She Looks/ Stood Up 1972 single 7” + "Down Down Down/ October" 1973 single 7" + “A Hazy Crazy Day/ Hi Ho Silver Lining” 1973 single 7" UK Psych Pop Rock


Autumn “My Little Gir / Sun Sunshine” 1971 single 7" + “Not The Way She Looks/ Stood Up 1972  single 7”  +  "Down Down Down/ October" 1973 single 7" + “A Hazy Crazy Day/ Hi Ho Silver Lining” 1973 single 7" uK Psych Pop Rock
Autumn “ Heartbreaker” on dailymotion
https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6lbg30

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Keith Parsons - lead vocals (quit in autumn 1972) 
John Court - lead guitar (quit in autumn 1972) 
Dave Charlwood - drums 
Ron Shaughnessy - rhythm guitar (quit in autumn 1972) 
Pete Cramer - bass guitar 
Brian Cornwell -lead guitar (joined in autumn 1972) 
Ivan Beeny - rhythm guitar and lead vocalist (joined in autumn 1972)



Bio
A band from the Brighton district on the South Coast of England. Former members of The Pathfinders from nearby Shoreham-on-Sea, Ron Reed, John Court, Bob Hermans and Ron Shaughnessy formed a group that had no name along with drummer Dave Charlwood, formerly of The Shades. Hermans and Reed quit the group and Keith Parsons became lead vocalist while Dave Charlwood brought in guitarist Pete Cramer (ex-The Shades). With Parsons departure after a few gigs, vocalist Ian McIntyre became his replacement in the group that was initially called Cherry Way, followed by Pattern Brook and finally Harmony Revue. A four nights per week residency at the Top Hat in Littlehampton, followed by the same deal at the Mexican Hat in Worthing, was secured. By 1969, McIntyre decided to leave but stayed with the group until Keith Parsons came back into the band as the lead singer with Dave Charlwood suggesting the name of Autumn for the group. 

One of their first gigs was as a supporting act for Julie Rogers and comedian Derek Roy at the Brighton Top Rank Suite. The band developed a significant reputation for their superior harmonies at venues such as the Bali Hai, the Rex Ballroom, the Carioca Club in Worthing, the Montpellier Rooms in Brighton and The Place in Lancing. While playing the Mexican Hat, former Urchins drummer David Courtney (nee Cohen) approached the group with the proposal of recording a few tracks, since his father Alex Cohen, owner of A&H Motors in Brighton, would pay for the sessions and was advertising for acts to manage. Alex Cohen became their agent and Autumn entered Pye Studios at Great Cumberland Place in London where they were introduced to arranger/orchestra leader/producer Jack Dorsey. Pye records had made arrangements to provide Alshire International, a US based budget label, with finished recordings for release in the States on Alshire. Autumn provided vocals for pre-recorded backing tracks during sessions on Sundays with Jack Dorsey producing the Alshire material. The group were paid ten pounds per song and recorded between five and six songs at each session. 

The band had signed to Alshire in July 1969 with their contract stipulating that one single could be recorded with a release on Pye under their own name, but with production credits listed as ‘An Alshire U.S.A. Production’. Autumn were huge fans of Tony Rivers and played the Harmony Grass song “My Little Girl” from the “This Is Us” album for Jack Dorsey’s approval, with Dorsey agreeing to record it with the group. Although recorded in late 1970, the single, backed with “Sun Sunshine” and composed by bassist Pete Cramer, did not see a release until August 1971. As the 45 began to chart (reaching No. 37 in the UK), Autumn appeared on Top of the Pops on the 16th of October. The group also performed on Lift Off, received frequent airplay on Radio One, attended a session on the Radio One Club and recorded five numbers in three hours at Aeolean Hall, for broadcast on the Dave Lee Travis and Jimmy Young shows. 

Instead of concentrating on promoting their career in the UK, the band were scheduled for a tour of Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia. However, when Autumn arrived in Singapore, the band discovered that they were to remain there for three months with no intentions of their playing Hong Kong or Australia. Their passports were confiscated upon arrival and the members were informed that the law in Singapore forbade hair below the collar or sideburns and if their hair was not cut, they would be deported. The authorities only allowed permits for one month at a time in case the hair grew back over their collars, resulting in the group coming up with the idea of plastering their hair back with Brylcreem (“a little dab’ll do ya!”) and pinning the long pieces underneath. Ron Shaughnessy’s hair came loose and the group were threatened with arrest and deportation by the authorities, but strings were pulled to allow the band to remain for the three months. 

Upon the return to the UK, a follow-up single “Not the Way She Looks” (another 'An Alshire U.S.A. Production’), composed by Bombay, India born Garth Watt-Roy (guitarist and vocalist for Living Daylights and The Greatest Show on Earth with brother Norman), backed by the group composition of “Stood Up” was recorded for release in May 1972, but lacked chart success. For a third release, Autumn intended to release a version of Jeff Beck’s “Hi-Ho Silver Lining” since the group had received considerable praise for their rendition while playing it at Newquay. They recorded the song at Marquee Studios but Jack Dorsey delayed the release date and the Beck original was re-released on RAK Replay (RR 3) in October. Ron Shaughnessy, Keith Parsons and John Court decided to leave the group, with Ivan Beeny being brought in as rhythm guitarist/vocalist along with Brian Cornwell (ex-Count Downe and The Zeros) for a lead guitarist, both recently with the group Black Orchid. The new line-up recorded “Down Down Down”, a group composition, with Pete Cramer’s “October” on the flip-side for a summer 1973 release, again credited as 'An Alshire U.S.A. Production’. 

The group split up in early 1974, with Pete Cramer and Ivan Beeny entering Worthing’s Pebble Beach Studios, with producer Jack Dorsey alongside Dave Ruffel as engineer, to record more material but the sessions ended acrimoniously resulting in Jack Dorsey quitting, leaving Cramer and Beeny to finish the sessions themselves. Tapes were hawked around to the various labels without success, although the duo remained together until the mid-1970’s. In 1999, Keith Parsons, Pete Cramer, John Court and Dave Charlwood re-united to record a CD for release under the Autumn name. Ron Shaughnessy had rehearsed with the group for the project but sadly passed away before the recordings took place. …45 Cat…~



The British from Brighton (East Sussex), formed in 1969, signed a contract with Pye Records, released several singles that brought them fame (though there was not enough success in the charts), but instead of concentrating on promoting their career in the UK, the group planned tour of Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia, returning home began to leapfrog with the composition and the group broke up in 1974….~






Tracklist 
My Little Girl 3:00 
Sun Sunshine 2:42

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A Not The Way She Looks
B Stood Up

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Down Down Down
October

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A Hazy Crazy Day 2:58 
B Hi Ho Silver Lining

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