Charlie Ainley (Vocals) (and songwriting)
Richard Worthy (Guitar)
Greg Phillips (Vocals/Percussion)
Simon Fraser (Guitar)
Nigel Chappell (Bass)
Charlie & The Wide Boys would become well known on the London pub rock circuit.
Formed by vocalist and songwriter Charlie Ainley the band also came through the foots barn theatre, which also produced Touch The Earth amongst others.
The band were formed by Charlie and Guy Evans, who formally played as saxophonist with Van Der Graaf Generator. After building up a solid repuation in Cornwall in the summer of 1973 they hit the London club scene where their brand of rock and roll drew them to the attention of Anchor Records who signed them up in Early 1974.
They went on to cut an LP's worth of tracks and Anchor put out a promotional EP of material. Despite their success in London they remained loyal to Cornwall and maintained their base in the county. Bands of course needed to remain active in the thriving London scene and generate a solid fan base in the capitol.
Anchor soon lost interest in the band and the proposed album was left in the can. Not long after, around November 1974 the band split up. The material recorded for Anchor would see the light of day two years later when Music For Pleasure released the sessions as Great Country Rockers in 1976. Charlie would go on to released a solo LP, Bang You Door, for EMI in 1978 as well as putting out a couple of singles on the label.
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