Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1990s 2000s


After Family’s farewell tour in autumn 1973, vocalist Roger Chapman (Roger Maxwell Chapman, 8 April 1942, Leicester, England) and guitarist Charlie Whitney (b. Richard John Whitney, 24 June 1944, Skipton, North Yorkshire, England), collaborated on Streetwalkers with help from guitarist Bob Tench and members of King Crimson. These were among the ad hoc UK aggregation that backed Chapman and Whitney for a brief promotional tour - and Tench became the nucleus of a more fixed set-up when the pair recommenced operations as ‘Streetwalkers’. With Jon Plotel (bass, ex-Casablanca) and Nicko McBain (drums), the outfit recorded Downtown Flyers which, like its predecessor, was far less self-consciously ‘weird’ than Family’s output had been and, with Chapman’s vibrato moderated, drew much inspiration from R&B and soul stylings. A popular attraction on the college circuit - especially in Germany - the quartet’s Red Card reached the UK...

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