Crew (band)

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The Crew (band) 1971.jpg
Crew, 1971
Background information
Origin London, England
Genres Rock music, funk
Years active 1965–1972
Labels Plexium, Vergara, Decca

Crew, the band, was formed in 1965 in London, England, by John Wright as lead vocalist and percussionist specializing on congas.

In 1969, the songs "Marty" and "Danger Signs", written by Richard Hartop, were recorded and released on Plexium and, in 1970, the band recorded a ska version of Paul Simon's "Cecilia" and "1970" by Jonathan King released on Decca.

In 1971, John reformed the band with, lyricist Jon Newey (bongos, claves, congas, maracas), John Chichester (electric guitar and vocals), Ian Rutter (bass guitar), Tony Perry (organ and vocals) and songwriter Martin Samuel (drums and percussion).

The band then signed with The Space Agency, in Chelsea, London, for management and representation and worked consistently including at such notable London venues as The Marquee Club and The Roundhouse. Signed to the same agency, Crew often performed as part of the Emperor Rosko International Roadshow.

The Crew, known as a funking good band for their style of original percussive-led progressive rock funk music, broke up in 1972.


  • Crew
  • Crew at 45Cat
  • Crew at Plexium Record Co.
  • Crew at Decca Record Co., UK
  • Crew at Decca Record Co., Italy
  • Crew at Decca Record Co., Kenya
  • Crew at Vergara Record Co., Spain

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  • Martin Samuel - Crew (band) songwriter and drummer 1971-1972.
  • Jon Newey - Crew (band) lyricist and percussionist 1971-1972.
  • Crew 45Cat
  • Discogs