The Koobas Biography

Formed in Liverpool, England, in 1962 and initially known as the Kubas, this superior beat group was comprised of two ex-members of the Midnighters - guitarists Stu Leatherwood and Roy Morris - alongside Keith Ellis (bass) and Tony O’Riley (drums), formerly of the Thunderbeats. The Koobas enjoyed a role in Ferry Across The Mersey and in 1965 supported the Beatles on a national tour. The group secured a contract with Pye Records and their debut, ‘Take Me For A Little While’ (1965), showed considerable promise. Following ‘You’d Better Make Up Your Mind’ (1966) the Koobas switched to Columbia Records for the exceptional ‘Sweet Music’. A misguided version of Gracie Fields’ ‘Sally’ (1967) undermined the group’s growing reputation, as did the equally insubstantial ‘Gypsy Fred’. However, they closed their singles career with a superb rendition of Cat Stevens’ ‘The First Cut Is The Deepest’, before completing The Koobas. The content of this excellent album ranges from a rendition of Erma Franklin’s ‘Piece Of My Heart’ to the musically complex ‘Barricades’, one of the finest songs of its era. The band had actually disbanded prior to its release, after which Ellis joined Van Der Graaf Generator.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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