The Marbles (duo)

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The Marbles
Origin London, England, UK
Genres Soft rock, baroque pop
Years active 1968 (1968)–1970 (1970)
Labels Polydor, Cotillion
Associated acts Bee Gees, The Blue Sect, Rainbow
Members Graham Bonnet
Trevor Gordon

The Marbles were an English rock duo, consisted of Graham Bonnet and Trevor Gordon, operating between 1968 and 1969. The only well-known singles were "Only One Woman" (#5 in UK) and "The Walls Fell Down". (#28 in UK, #3 in Netherlands)

Biography[edit]

Graham Bonnet (born 23 December 1947) and Trevor Gordon (born Trevor Gordon Grunnill, 5 May 1948; died 9 January 2013)[1] are cousins. They were born in Skegness, Lincolnshire, England, although his webpage In Memory Of states Gordon was born 18 May 1948, in Blackpool, Lancashire. While Bonnet stayed in England, Gordon grew up in Australia where he met the Bee Gees for the first time in 1964, on which Gordon recorded "House Without Windows" and "And I'll Be Happy" (both songs were written by Barry Gibb), In 1965, Gordon recorded another Barry Gibb compositions: "Little Miss Rhythm and Blues" and "Here I Am". In 1967, Bonnet founded a group called The Blue Sect, and Gordon followed a request to join this band. In 1968, they became the Marbles, and signed a recording contract with the Australian record label impresario, Robert Stigwood.[2] They were befriended by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb and Maurice Gibb who wrote six songs for them, and provided some background vocals.

The Marbles were typical one-hit wonders because "Only One Woman" became their one and only major hit. It reached Number 5 in the UK Singles Chart in November 1968.[3]

Following the release of the group's debut single, Bonnet made a remark to a reporter as to "Only One Woman" being a bit boring, angering Barry.[4] Their second single "The Walls Fell Down" only reached Number 28 in the same chart.[3] But in the Netherlands it was more successful, where it reached Number 3 in their Top 40 in April 1969.

By 1969, the Marbles had split. While Gordon retired from the music industry, Bonnet started a lengthy solo career. From 1978 to 1980 he was the lead singer with Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow.

Trevor Gordon died in 2013 in London.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • The Marbles (1970)

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Positions
UK NL AU
1968 "Only One Woman" 5 23
1969 "I Can't See Nobody"
"The Walls Fell Down" 28 3 71
1970 "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Trevor Gordon has died
  2. ^ "Biography by Whitney Z. Gomes". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 25 February 2009. 
  3. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 348. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ Joseph Brennan. "Gibb Songs: 1969". 

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