The Silkie

Genres: Folk
Descriptive "tags": 60s pop 60s rock paul mcartney george harrison john lennon psychedelic folk male vocalists beatles bob dylan folk pop psychedelic pop folk rock british british invasion english folk Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1960s 1990s
Links online: Wikipedia


Sylvia Tatler (vocals), Mike Ramsden (Michael John Ramsden, 21 June 1943, Totnes, Devon, England, d. 17 January 2004, Totnes, Devon, England; guitar/vocals), Ivor Aylesbury (guitar/vocals) and Kevin Cunningham (double bass) were students at Hull University, England, when they were ‘discovered’ by the Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein. They took their unusual name from ‘The Great Silkie’, a Hebridean song about a seal that they performed. The Silkie’s folk credentials were established with their debut single, ‘Blood Red River’, but they achieved a commercial success with ‘You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away’, which clipped the UK Top 30 in October 1965 but more impressively reached the US Top 10. This engaging release was produced by its composers - John Lennon and Paul McCartney - but the band was unable to repeat its charm with subsequent singles ‘Keys To My Soul’ and ‘Born To Be With You’ and...

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