Of all the Manchester, England-based bands to emerge in the late 80s, the Charlatans rise was undoubtedly the swiftest and their continuing career proves it was no fluke. Originally formed in 1988 by Baz Ketley (vocals/guitar), Martin Blunt (21 May 1964, England; bass, ex-Makin Time, the Gift Horses), Jon Brookes (b. 21 September 1968, England; drums) and Rob Collins (b. 12 June 1965, Sedgley, Staffordshire, England, d. 22 July 1996, Wales; keyboards), the quartet recorded a number of demos before parting company with Ketley. Tim Burgess (b. Timothy Allan Burgess, 30 May 1967, Salford, Lancashire, England; vocals, ex-Electric Crayons) and John Baker (guitar) were subsequently added to the line-up. The new look quintet fused 60s melodies, Hammond organ riffs and a generally loose feel that was instantly adopted by those taken with the Stone Roses and the Happy Mondays. The bands stage presentation was boosted by the recruitment of veteran...
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