The Count Bishops

Genres: Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": pub rock rock and roll rock 70s Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

This high-energy UK R&B act was similar in tone to peers such as Dr. Feelgood and Eddie And The Hot Rods. Their original line-up was led by vocalist Mike Spenser from Brooklyn, New York, USA. Spenser arrived from the USA and worked as a road manager in London for Chrome. Initially he sang two or three numbers with the band before eventually taking over that platform. After phoning his friend Johnny Guitar (John Crippen), who flew in from the States to join them, they changed their name to the Count Bishops. They signed to the pioneering independent Chiswick Records label in 1975, and their Speedball EP was one of the earliest ‘new wave’ releases. Although Spenser sang on the EP (released in December) he was quickly replaced by the gravel-throated Dave Tice. Spenser would later lead the Cannibals. The dual guitar attack of Zenon De Fleur (d. 17 March 1979) and Johnny Guitar was underpinned by the rhythm section of Pat McMullan (bass) and Paul Balbi...

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