Wimple Winch Biography

UK psychedelic pop band Wimple Winch comprised Lawrence Arendes (drums), Barrie Ashall (bass), Dimitrious Christopholus (vocals/guitar) and John Kelman (lead guitar). Formed in Liverpool, Merseyside, England, in the mid-60s, they were originally known as the Four Just Men. The name change resulted in a shift of musical perspective. At this time they were signed to a management contract by Mike Carr, who was in the process of turning his coffee bar into a venue, The Sinking Ship in Stockport. On the basis of their performances there as house band the group secured a recording contract with Fontana Records which resulted in the release of their debut single, ‘What’s Been Done’, in 1966. Two subsequent singles, ‘Save My Soul’ and ‘Rumble On Mersey Square South’ (backed by the esoteric ‘Typical British Workmanship’) sold well locally but not nationally, leading to a break from Fontana. On top of this the Sinking Ship burnt down, taking all their equipment with it. They did regroup and record an unreleased debut album in the summer of 1967, but found no takers when they offered it around the major record labels. By early 1968 they had disbanded. Arendes adopted the new surname King and joined the jazz/progressive rock group Bronze, who later evolved into Pacific Drift. Christopholus made his name in a slightly different arena, appearing in several West End stage musicals such as Jesus Christ Superstar, Hair and Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Despite their lack of success, Wimple Winch are still championed by many as purveyors of three of the finest singles of the entire psychedelic pop era, an opinion hardened by the fact that all six of their released recordings regularly crop up on compilations surveying the period.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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