|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
Songwriters Patrick Campbell-Lyons (Dublin, Eire) and George Alex Spyropoulos (b. Athens, Greece) met in La Gioconda, a legendary coffee bar in Denmark Street, London. Prior to that Campbell-Lyons had been a member of the Teenbeats and had covered the familiar territory of seedy clubs in Holland and Germany. Spyropoulos was working at Kassners music publishers, also in Denmark Street. Having established an instant rapport, the duo formed a group, adding Ray Singer (guitar), Brian Henderson (bass), Michael Coe (viola, French horn) and Sylvia Schuster (cello). The quintet, dubbed Nirvana, secured a recording contract with Island Records after impressing producer Jimmy Miller who in turn influenced Chris Blackwell. They made their official debut in 1967, supporting Traffic, Jackie Edwards and Spooky Tooth at the Saville Theatre, London (owned at that time by Brian Epstein).
Their exotic debut, The Story Of Simon Simopath, was an episodic...