Alan Bown

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades: 1990s


Trumpeter Alan Bown, formerly of the John Barry Seven, formed this respected group in 1965. Originally known as the Alan Bown Set, the septet - Bown, Jess Roden (vocals), Tony Catchpole (guitar), John Goodsall (saxophone), Geoff Bannister (keyboards), Stan Haldane (bass) and Vic Sweeny (drums) - were stalwarts of London’s R&B and soul circuit and appeared on the era’s seminal selection, London Swings Live At The Marquee CluBy 1967 the unit had abandoned soul music in favour of the emergent ‘underground’ style and truncated its name to The Alan Bown! Outward Bown offered such contemporaneous fare as ‘Toyland’ and ‘Technicolour Dream’, but the group subsequently pursued a heavier, more progressive direction on The Alan Bown! Bown recruited vocalist Robert Palmer (b. Alan Palmer, 19 January 1949, Batley, Yorkshire, England, d. 26 September 2003, Paris, France) from local support act, the Mandrakes. He replaced Jess Roden,...

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