Brian Poole & The Tremeloes

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

Formed in 1958 and fronted by vocalist Brian Poole (2 November 1941, Barking, Essex, England), this UK pop group were initially known as Brian Poole And The Tremilos when they made their debut at the Ilford Palais in 1960. Poole was originally known as a Buddy Holly imitator and even went as far as wearing spectacles filled with plain glass. After his backing musicians reverted to the title Tremeloes, the entire ensemble successfully auditioned for Decca Records on 1 January 1962 and were signed in favour of the Beatles. A cover of the Isley Brothers’ ‘Twist And Shout’ brought them a UK Top 10 hit the following year. The follow-up, a reading of the Contours’ ‘Do You Love Me?’, hit number 1 in the UK and 15 other countries. American success, however, remained frustratingly elusive. Appropriately, the group’s manager Peter Walsh recruited Buddy Holly’s former mentor Norman Petty to play piano on two further UK smashes, the...

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