Originally recording as the N Betweens, this UK quartet was formed by Noddy Holder (Neville John Holder, 15 June 1946, Walsall, West Midlands, England; vocals/guitar), Dave Hill (b. David John Hill, 4 April 1946, Fleet Castle, Devon, England; guitar), Jim Lea (b. James Whild Lea, 14 June 1949, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England; bass) and Don Powell (b. Donald George Powell, 10 September 1946, Bilston, West Midlands, England; drums). During the spring of 1966 they performed regularly in the Midlands, playing an unusual mixture of soul standards, juxtaposed with a sprinkling of hard rock items. A chance meeting with producer Kim Fowley led to a one-off single, You Better Run, released in August 1966. Two further years of obscurity followed until their agent secured them an audition with Fontana Records A&R head Jack Baverstock. He insisted that they change their name to Ambrose Slade and it was under that moniker that they recorded...
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