Spud Ward – Double bassist, bass guitar, songwriter – born Albert James Ward, 2 November 1940, "Do You Know" / "Angie" (HMV POP 1206, September 1963), "Promise You'll Tell Her" / "It's So Right" (HMV POP 1327, August 1964), "It Isn't There" / "One of These Days" (HMV POP 1375, December 1964), "Make Me Know You're Mine" / "I've Got a Girl" (HMV POP 1409, March 1965), "Sandy" / "I'm Gonna Have You" (HMV POP 1533, June 1966), "Rumours, Gossip, Words Untrue" / "Now the Summer's Gone" (HMV POP 1564, November 1966), "Tremblin'" / "Something's Coming Along" (HMV POP 1596, July 1967), This page was last edited on 15 October 2020, at 12:53. And in that guise, a name change to the Swinging Blue Jeans, they not only won over German audiences but earned a coveted recording contract with EMI’s HMV imprint, under producer Walter J. Ridley. When Les Braid died in 2005, Peter Oakman took over on bass guitar/vocals. Colin Manley – Guitarist – born Colin William Manley, 16 April 1942, Old Swan, Liverpool – died 9 April 1999, John Ryan – Drummer – born 5 April 1953, Pinehurst Avenue, Liverpool – 1980–1983, Mike Gregory – Bass guitarist – born Michael Gregory, 7 November 1946, Liverpool Maternity Hospital, Liverpool – 1967–1972, Michael Pynn – 1972–1975 lead guitar, vocals, recorded two albums & toured Scandinavia, Keith Dodd - lead guitar former member of Ricky Gleason and the Topspots, he can be seen playing with them on Wheeltappers and Shunters club, Phil Thompson – Drummer – born 18 October 1947, Liverpool; joined the band in 1983. The quintet's first recording, "It's Too Late Now", which was written by Ennis, made the British Top 30. 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Manley died in April 1999 and Lovell became a permanent member of the band as lead guitarist/vocalist. In December 1963, a cover of the song "Hippy Hippy Shake" took the band to Number two on the British charts and established them as stars.. Please note that we cannot provide valuations. Ralph Ellis later joined on guitar, and Ward subsequently moved over to Rory Storm ‘s band, and …  The Swinging Blue Jeans had the standard Shadows line-up of two guitars, a bass guitar and drums and achieved local fame with their appearances at the Mardi Gras Club and the Cavern Club. 31 in the UK Singles Chart, but the group never charted again. Like voting is closed. Select the portrait of interest to you, then look out for a Buy a Print button. It's So Right (as Kuhlke) Various - The Golden Era Of Beat (Comp) 2 versions EMI Electrola , Hörzu Exclusiv , Hörzu Exclusiv 66601 6, 66 601-6, 1C 054-32416 M The skiffle group lineup also included Bruce McCaskill on guitar and vocals, Tommy Hughes on banjo, Norman Kuhlke on washboard, and Spud Ward on oil drum bass. Search over 215,000 works, 150,000 of which are illustrated from the 16th Century to the present day. By 1962, they were working full-time and playing the same venues in Liverpool as rival bands such as the Beatles, Gerry & the Pacemakers et al, and also performed for the first time at the Star Club in Hamburg late in the year. Ray Ennis – Vocalist / lead guitarist – born Raymond Vincent Ennis, 26 May 1940. Norman Kuhlke (1942-), Musician; drummer for The Swinging Blue Jeans. Can you tell us more about this person? We digitise over 8,000 portraits a year and we cannot guarantee being able to digitise images that are not already scheduled. Shaking Time (1964) Blue Jeans a'Swinging (1964) Professional ratings; Review scores; Source Rating; Allmusic: Blue Jeans a'Swinging is the first UK studio album by British beat band The Swinging Blue Jeans, released in November 1964 on HMV The National Portrait Gallery will NOT use your information to contact you or store for any other purpose than to investigate or display your contribution. Contributions are moderated. Following this the band made a switch to rock & roll, trading in their acoustic instruments for their electric equivalents. Ralph Ellis later joined on guitar, and Ward subsequently moved over to Rory Storm’s band, and eventually Les Braid took over the bassist spot. Career. You can buy a print of most illustrated portraits. Subsequent singles released that year and the next made no impression. The result was a skiffle sextet called “the Bluegenes”, the latter a misspelling of “blue jeans” that remained unchanged for a couple of years. If you require information from us, please use our Archive enquiry service. In 1967, the band's producer Ridley decided to try and transform Ennis into a solo star, cutting the disc "Tremblin'" with session musicians and backing vocals by Madeline Bell and Kiki Dee, but it was ultimately released under the band's name. The skiffle group lineup also included Bruce McCaskill on guitar and vocals, Tommy Hughes on banjo, Norman Kuhlke on washboard, and Spud Ward on oil drum bass. After the departure of Moss, the band became a quartet. “Hippy Hippy Shake”, a cover of an obscure ’50s rocker was their only Top 30 entry in the U.S.. Ennis then decided to challenge Lovell for the ownership of the trademark but a Court decision ruled that Lovell had exclusive legal rights to the name. We would welcome any information that adds to and enhances our information and understanding about a particular portrait, sitter or artist. Thanks for Liking. Your contributions must be polite and with no intention of causing trouble. Les Braid – Bassist / keyboardist – born William Leslie Braid, 15 September 1937, West Derby Road, Ralph Ellis – Guitarist – born 8 March 1942, Liverpool – 1958–1966, Norman Houghton – Washboard – born 18 September 1940, Liverpool – 1957, Kenneth Metcalf – Lead vocalist, guitar – 1957, Tommy Hughes – Banjo – 1958–1959 – born 7 May 1938 – died 21 September 2013, Paul Moss – Banjo – 1959–1963 - born 1942. John E. Carter – Singer, guitarist – born 21 May 1938, Liverpool. Sylvester left at the end of 1968 to replace Graham Nash in The Hollies. If you have information to share please complete the form below. National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HESwitchboard: +44 (0) 20 7306 0055, Find out more about the Inspiring People project, National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE Initially Lovell declined but subsequently registered the trademark of the name "The Swinging Blue Jeans" without Ray Ennis's knowledge. Ralph Ellis later joined on guitar, and Ward subsequently moved over to Rory Storm's band, and eventually Les Braid took over the bassist spot.  The band eventually retired to the cabaret circuit.. All contributions are moderated. Prices start at £6 for unframed prints, £25 for framed prints. Sometimes we have not recorded the date of a portrait.  They switched to rock and roll, and with a name change to reflect their attire, to the Swinging Blue Jeans. Early in 1999 Alan Lovell deputised for guitarist Colin Manley due to his deteriorating health. Please could you let us know your source of information. By ticking permission to publish you are indicating your agreement for your contribution to be shown on this collection item page. And “You’re No Good” followed two months later, and soared to number three in the U.K.. That string of successes led to their debut album called Blue Jeans A’ Swinging, issued in July of 1964. Please Like other favourites! Carter came from HyKatz Skiffle Group in 1959, before leaving for Canada in June 1961. Sheet music cover for 'The Hippy Hippy Shake' by The Swinging Blue Jeans, published by Ardmore & Beechwood Ltd, after Unknown photographerhalftone reproduction, published 1963NPG D48575. If you tick permission to publish your name will appear above your contribution on our website. Besides guitarist/vocalist McCaskill, the original line-up also included banjo player Tommy Hughes, washboard player Norman Kuhlke, and oil drum bass player Spud Ward. Sort by . The Bluegenes were heavily jazz influenced, and stayed away from trying to cover songs associated with Elvis Presley and other American rock & rollers, preferring instead to try and emulate the horn and sax parts that they heard on their guitars. List Thumbnail. Phil Thompson (drums) was unable to continue with band due to personal reasons so in June 2010, two new musicians joined; Graham Hollingworth (drums) and Jeff Bannister (keyboards/vocals). The Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. Their second single, “Do You Know,” released in the fall of 1963, failed to sell, but in December of that year they broke through to stardom in with their rendition of “Hippy Hippy Shake.” They rode that record’s success all the way to the number two chart spot in England, right behind the Dave Clark Five’s “Glad All Over,” and earned a place on the first-ever broadcast of Top of the Pops in the bargain. In 1966, their version of Burt Bacharach and Hal David's "Don't Make Me Over" peaked at no. A subsequent appeal was lodged but was also dismissed. The Swinging Blue Jeans continue to perform today, with no original members, under the leadership of Lovell. If you wish to license an image, please use our Rights and Images service. With the departure of banjo player Paul Moss soon after, they were left as a quartet comprised of Ray Ennis (rhythm guitar, vocals), Les Braid (bass, keyboards), Ralph Ellis (lead guitar), and Norman Kuhlke (drums). An album Blue Jeans a-Swinging was released in 1964 by HMV; a contemporaneous American LP composed of 45 and EP tracks, Hippy Hippy Shake included the released-in-the-US-only instrumental, "Wasting Time". Besides guitarist/vocalist McCaskill, the original line-up also included banjo player Tommy Hughes, washboard player Norman Kuhlke, and oil drum bass player Spud Ward. They made their recording debut — still as a quintet — with a Ray Ennis original, “It’s Too Late Now,” which made the British Top 30. Hughes and McCaskill later left, the former for the army and the latter over personal disagreements, replaced by Johnny Carter and Paul Moss, respectively. The Swinging Blue Jeans are a four-piece 1960s British Merseybeat band, best known for their hit singles with the HMV label; "Hippy Hippy Shake", "Good Golly Miss Molly", and "You're No Good", issued in 1964.