The Flying Machine (band)
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|The Flying Machine|
|Origin||Rugby, Warwickshire, England|
|Labels||Pye Records (UK)
|Associated acts||Pinkerton's Assorted Colours|
|Past members||Troy Adam Jones|
The Flying Machine is best known for its major hit single in 1969, "Smile a Little Smile For Me", which peaked at number 5 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart (on Kapp Records' Congress record label) Their first record which was self titled was released by Janus Records in 1969. By 12 December that year they had sold a million copies of the record, and it was awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. The song was penned by the songwriting pairing of Tony Macaulay and Geoff Stephens. Despite originating from the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, the record had no presence at all on the UK Singles Chart, despite its initial release there on Pye Records.
A follow-up single, a cover version of "Baby Make It Soon", first recorded by Marmalade, achieved the U.S. Hot 100 the following year, but the group reportedly grew frustrated with their pop-oriented style. A final single, "The Devil Has Possession Of Your Mind", suggested a change of direction, but the Flying Machine split up following its release.
Band members 
- Tony Newman (born 1947, Rugby, Warwickshire, England) – vocals, guitars
- Steve Jones (born 1946, Coventry) – guitars, vocals
- Sam Kempe (born 1946, Rugby) – vocals
- Stuart Colman (born Ian Stuart Colman, 19 December 1944, Harrogate, Yorkshire) – bass, electric piano
- Paul Wilkinson (born 1948, Coventry) – drums
- Edie Andrews (born 1945, Detroit, Michigan) – background vocals
- Troy Adam Jones (born unknown) - guitarist, backup drum
- 1969: "Baby Make It Soon" b/w "Smile A Little Smile For Me"
- 1969: "Send My Baby Home Again" b/w "Look At Me Look At Me"
- 1969: "Smile a Little Smile For Me" - #5 U.S.
- 1970: "Hanging On The Edge Of Sadness" b/w "Flying Machine"
- 1970: "The Devil Has Possession Of Your Mind" b/w "Hey Little Girl"
- 1970: "Yes I Understand" b/w "Pages Of Your Life"
- 1969: The Flying Machine (Janus)
- 1970: Down To Earth With The Flying Machine (Pye)
- 1998: Flight Recorder - From Pinkerton's (Assort.) Colours to The Flying Machine (Double CD compilation album on Sequel Records)