Formed in London during 1965, this mod-influenced group initially comprised Steve Marriott (30 January 1947, London, England, d. 20 April 1991, Essex, England; vocals, guitar), Ronnie Lane aka Plonk (b. Ronald Frederick, Lane, 1 April 1946, Plaistow, London, England, d. 4 June 1997, Trinidad, Colorado, USA; bass/vocals), Jimmy Winston (b. James Langwith, 20 April 1945, Stratford, London, England; organ) and Kenny Jones (b. Kenneth Thomas Jones, 16 September 1948, Stepney, London, England; drums). Fronted by former child actor Marriott, the group signed to Don Ardens Contemporary Records management and production and their product was licensed to Decca Records. Their debut, Whatcha Gonna Do About It, an in-house composition/production by Ian Samwell (formerly of Cliff Richards Drifters) was a vibrant piece of Solomon Burke -influenced R&B that brought them into the UK Top 20. Within weeks of their chart entry, organist Winston...
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