Magic Lanterns

Genres: Pop / Rock
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Decades: 1960s 1970s 1990s
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Formed in the UK and based in the Manchester area, this soft rock band was formed from the Sabres who were in existence around 1962. At one point the Sabres also included Kevin Godley and Lol Creme, later of 10cc and Godley And Creme. After the temporary title of the Hammers, they became the Magic Lanterns. Their founding members were Jimmy Bilsbury (vocals), Peter Shoesmith (guitar), Ian Moncur (bass) and Allan Wilson (drums). While working in a local nightclub they were approached by compere Roy Hastings who liked Bilsbury’s songs and introduced them to his publisher, Mike Collier. Collier arranged for the band to record a new version of Artie Wayne’s US release ‘Excuse Me Baby’, on the strength of which CBS Records signed them and released ‘Excuse Me Baby’ as a single in June 1966. It was a minor hit and was followed by such misses as ‘Knight In Rusty Armour’, ‘Rumplestiltskin’, and ‘Auntie Griselda’,...

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