Skip Bifferty

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 2000s

Biography

Mickey Gallagher (keyboards) and Tommy Jackman (drums), were members of beat group the Chosen Few. They linked up with John Turnbull (guitar/vocals) and Colin Gibson (bass) who were together in another Geordie R&B group the Primitive Sect. Both were based initially based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England. Vocalist Graham Bell was added to the line-up which assumed the name Skip Bifferty in the spring of 1966. The quintet made their energetic debut in August the following year with the excellent ‘On Love’, a song from their previous incarnation’s repertoire. It was followed by two memorable examples of pop psychedelia, ‘Happy Land’ and ‘Man In Black’, which was produced by the Small Faces team of Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane. Skip Bifferty’s first album continued the melodic craftsmanship of those singles. Bell’s assured voice soared over a rich tapestry of sound, resulting in one of the late 60s’ most rewarding...

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