Ducks Deluxe

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

Biography

Denizens of London’s 70s’ ‘pub rock’ circuit, Ducks Deluxe was formed in 1972 by Sean Tyla (3 August 1947, Barlow, Yorkshire, England; guitar/vocals) and ex-Help Yourself member Ken Whaley (bass). The line-up was completed by former Brinsley Schwarz roadie, Martin Belmont (b. 21 December 1948, Grove Park, London, England; guitar) and Tim Roper (b. 9 April 1953, Hampstead, London, England; drums), before Whaley was replaced by Nick Garvey (b. 26 April 1951, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England). The reconstituted quartet completed Ducks Deluxe, an exciting, emphatic set drawn from rock’s traditional sources. Andy McMaster (b. 27 July 1947, Glasgow, Scotland; keyboards) expanded the band for Taxi To The Terminal Zone, but dissent over Tyla’s autocratic rule resulted in a split. Garvey and McMasters left in October 1974; they were later reunited in the Motors, while Mick Groom (bass) joined the now-ailing Ducks. Although popular in...

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