The New Vaudeville Band
|Genres:||Jazz Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||oldies pop mondiovision weallgetold doofusgoofus|
|Decades:||1960s 1990s 2000s|
This parodic ensemble initially comprised studio musicians gathered to record a Geoff Stephens (1 October 1934, London, England) composition, Winchester Cathedral, a tale of lost love in deepest Hampshire, England, sung in the style of a Bertie Wooster character complete with megaphone vocals. Stephens could not sing and therefore his place was taken by songwriter John Carter. Carter and Stephens worked together on numerous catchy pop songs in the 60s, including the magnificent My World Fell Down recorded by Sagittarius. The need for a permanent line-up arose when in 1966 this contagious single became an international success, to the bizarre extent of winning a Grammy for Best Rock And Roll Record. Having failed to tempt the nascent Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band into accepting the role, a group was assembled late in 1966 around Alan Klein aka Tristram, Seventh Earl of Cricklewood (b. 29 June 1942; vocals), Henri Harrison (b. 6 June...