Sounds Orchestral

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades: 1990s 2000s


Led by pianist John Pearson (18 June 1925, London, England), Sounds Orchestral was a conglomeration of session musicians who included in their ranks Kenny Clare (ex-drummer with John Dankworth) and bass player/producer Tony Reeves (ex-Colosseum). The orchestral concept was conceived by renowned producer John Schroeder. ‘People are looking for a change from the incessant beat and I intend Sounds to fulfil that demand’, he told the pop press in early 1965. The group went some way towards fulfilling that ambition with their cover of the Vince Guaraldi Trio’s 1960 recording ‘Cast Your Fate To The Wind’. With its melodic arrangement and subtle jazz rhythm, the song took the UK charts by storm in January 1965, climbing into the Top 3. Surprisingly, this unlikely pop hit also reached the US Top 10, paving the way for a number of instrumental hits during 1965, courtesy of artists ranging from Horst Jankowski to Marcello Minerebi and Nini Rosso.

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