10 July 1941, Woking, Surrey, England. This former Dorset public schoolboy enjoyed fleeting success in North America when the continents fascination with UK pop peaked in 1964. While a student, at Dublins Trinity College in Eire, he fronted Bluesville who recorded Soho, a harmonica-led instrumental. During a summer holiday in the states, he secured the US release of Soho through Zoom, a Capitol Records subsidiary. To the rest of Bluesvilles consternation, only Whitcombs name was printed on the record label. His follow-up - an arrangement of the skiffle standard, This Sporting Life - slipped briefly into the Hot 100. During a session for the next a-side, the intended No Tears For Johnny, a Hal Shaper protest song, was rejected in favour of an off-the-cuff blues shuffle topped by Whitcombs stammering falsetto. Titled You Turn Me On, it missed at home but, thanks to saturation...