The Overlanders (band)
Originally playing folk songs, the band found success hard to come by during the beat era, and so converted to a more mainstream sound. In 1964, they had a regional hit in the Chicago area of the United States, and in Australia, with "Don't It Make You Feel Good". That same year, their rendition of Chad Stuart's "Yesterday's Gone" received much airplay in the U.S., and became a minor hit.
Although they released twelve singles on the Pye label between 1963 and 1966, their only British hit was a cover version of The Beatles' song, "Michelle". It reached number one in the UK Singles Chart in January 1966, beating off a rival cover version by David and Jonathan which entered the charts the same week and reached No. 11, and featured arrangements by Tony Hatch.
The original trio were –
- Paul Arnold – lead guitar/vocals (born Paul Arnold Friswell, 18 August 1942, Bretford, Rugby, Warwickshire, England)
- Laurie Mason – piano/percussion/vocals
- Peter Bartholomew – guitar/vocals
later augmented in concert by –
- Rick Wild – vocals/keyboards (born in West Yorkshire)
- Alan Warran – drums
- Terry Widlake – bass
- Brian Middleditch – original drummer
- David Banks – drums
- David Walsh – drums
- David 'Kip' Stewart – guitar
- Andy Scarisbrick-guitar
Rick Wild kept the band touring, and are currently based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.
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