Hedgehoppers Anonymous

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Hedgehoppers Anonymous
Origin Peterborough, England
Genres Beat music, pop
Years active 1963–1966
Labels Decca
Past members Mick Tinsley
John Stewart
Alan Laud
Ray Honeybull
Leslie Dash

Hedgehoppers Anonymous were a 1960s beat group from the United Kingdom. They formed in November 1963 as The Trendsetters, and became The Hedgehoppers the following year.[1] Jonathan King took over their record production in 1965, and added Anonymous to their name.[1]

Their major success was the King produced and written "It's Good News Week", issued on Decca.[1][2] This song has also been used as the theme music for Good News Week, a satirical news-based comedy quiz show on Australian television which ran from 1996 to 2000 and was revived in 2008.[1] The group released four other tracks before breaking up.[1] Lack of further chart activity leaves them labelled as one-hit wonders.

Band members[edit]

Apart from Alan Laud (sometimes spelled Ladd), the band members were Royal Air Force personnel based at RAF Wittering, near Peterborough, England (Hedgehoppers was RAF slang for low-flying planes).[1]

Laud is retired and living in Norfolk. Tinsley is still singing and recording. Glenn Martin is still drumming, playing regularly with the Surrey Jazz Orchestra.

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Positions Label
UK AU
1965 "It's Good News Week" 5[2] 8 Decca F 12241
"Don't Push Me" - 28 Decca F 12298
1966 "Baby (You're My Everything)" - - Decca F 12400
"Daytime" - - Decca F 12479
"Stop Press" - - Decca F 12530

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Biography by Steven McDonald". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 20 March 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 249. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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