Cupid's Inspiration

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Cupid's Inspiration
Genres Pop music, rock music
Years active 1968 (1968)–1978 (1978)
1985-2010
2010-present
Website http://www.cupidsinspirationuk.com Bob Poole's Cupid's Inspiration
http://www.cupidsinspiration.co.uk Terry Rice-Milton's Cupid's Inspiration
Members
  • Paul Shanahan
  • Roger Gray
  • Paul Thomas
  • Bob Poole
Past members
  • Terry Rice-Milton
  • Laughton James
  • Garfield Tonkin
  • Wyndham George
  • Bernie Lee
  • Gordon Haskell
  • Roger Gray
  • David Morris
  • Derek Needham
  • Martin Cure
  • Jim Batty
  • Andy Chaplin
  • Eamonn Carr
  • Paul Brooke
  • Keith Hancock
  • Ted Duggan

Cupid's Inspiration are a British pop group, active with various line up changes since 1968 when they had two hit singles. The band are currently on the road with original drummer Roger Gray re joining the veteran line up of Paul Shanahan and Bob Poole with Paul Thomas on vocals.

Career[edit]

Originally from Stamford, Lincolnshire, the band were at first called The Ends[1] (no relation to The End).

The group scored two Top 40 hits on the UK Singles Chart in 1968. "Yesterday Has Gone", originally a hit for Little Anthony and The Imperials,[1] reached #4 in June of that year, and "My World" went to #33 in October.[2] In 1970, lead singer Terry Rice-Milton the voice on the Hit singles left, replaced by John Lynch and then Martin Cure, who added several musicians from Leamington to the line-up so none of the hit making band remained after theses changes.

Rice-Milton had his third hit with "You're my World" in 1970 (a song that had previously been a hit for Cilla Black),[1] while bass player Gordon Haskell later joined King Crimson.[1]

By 1978 the band were tired of their "one hit wonders" tag and began writing and recording heavier rock songs. These were performed under a different name, initially '4 Wheel Drive', which they soon changed to 'Chevy', to avoid alienating Cupid's Inspiration fans. They recruited Steve Walwyn, later of Dr. Feelgood to give a "twin guitar" sound. As 'Chevy' they toured supporting bands such as Alvin Lee, Hawkwind and Gillan.<[3] Chevy recorded two BBC In Concert Programmes, issued three singles: “Too much loving"/"See the light“, “The Taker"/"Life on the run” and ”Just another day"/"Rock on” and one album The Taker, released in September 1980.[4]

In the 1990s and early 2000s, some of the original group played reunion shows with other bands from the era.

In 2010 Bob Poole returned from 18 years in Germany and together with Paul Shanahan, ex Peppermint Circus vocalist Paul Thomas, and ex Ben E King and Barbara Dickinson drummer Rick Medlock reformed Cupid's Inspiration later replacing Rick Medlock with Roger Gray, the original band drummer who played on all the records who had left in 1972.

In September 2012, founder members Terry Rice-Milton and Laughton James, together with Bernie Lee, who was a member during 1968/69, and drummer Tony Peck from The Ends played a reunion concert in their home town of Stamford, which they are hoping to repeat in 2014.

The band's hit single, featuring Terry-Rice Milton, "Yesterday Has Gone" (written by Teddy Randazzo[5] and Victoria Pike) has featured on many compilation albums, including Sixties Power Ballads - The Greatest Driving Anthems in the World... Ever! (2007) as well as their original Album "Yesterday Has Gone"(1969)

Members[edit]

  • Terry Rice-Milton (born Terence 'Terry' Bull, 5 June 1946, Stamford, Lincolnshire - lead vocals (to 1970)
  • Laughton James (born James 'Jimmy' Laughton, 21 December 1946, Stamford, Lincolnshire) - bass guitarist (to October 1968)
  • Garfield Tonkin (born John Sharpe, 28 September 1946, Stamford, Lincolnshire) - keyboards (to 1969)
  • Wyndham George (born Alec Laughton, 20 February 1947, Stamford, Lincolnshire) - guitar (to October 1968)
  • Bernie Lee (born July 1943, North Wales) - lead guitar (October 1968 to 1970) (ex-Umbrella)
  • Gordon Haskell (born Gordon Hionides, 27 April 1946, Verwood, Dorset, England) - bass (October 1968 to 1969)
  • Roger Gray (born 29 April 1947, Stamford) - drums (to 1972 and 2014)
  • David Morris (London) - electric organ (1969 onwards)
  • Derek Needham (born 10 October 1945, London) - bass (1969–71)
  • Martin Cure - lead vocals (1970 to 2008)
  • Paul Shanahan - lead guitar/vocals (1970 to 1985 and 2010 to 2014)
  • Jim Batty - guitar (1985 to 2008)
  • Bob Poole - bass guitar/vocals 1970 to 1985 and 2010 to 2014)
  • Andy Chaplin - drums (1970 to 1981)
  • Eamonn Carr - guitar/vocals ( 1972 )
  • Paul Brooke - drums (1981 to 2008)
  • Keith Hancock - bass (1987 to 2008)
  • Ted Duggan - drums (1987 to 2008)
  • Paul Thomas - vocals (2010 to 2014)
  • Rick Medlock - drums (2010 to 2013)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Larkin C 'Virgin Encyclopedia of Sixties Music' (Muze UK Ltd, 1997) ISBN 0-7535-0149-X p137
  2. ^ Search for "Cupid's Inspiration" performed at Everyhit.com database on April 24, 2008.
  3. ^ Poole, Bob. "The Chevy Story". Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Credits for Chevy's The Taker". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  5. ^ Allmusic discography - songs

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