The V.I.P.'s

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For the 1963 film, see The V.I.P.s.
The V.I.P.'s
Also known as The Vipps, Art (1967)
Origin Carlisle, England
Genres R&B, psychedelic rock
Years active 1963–1967
Labels Island, CBS, Star-Club
Associated acts Spooky Tooth
Members Mike Harrison
Greg Ridley
Frank Kenyon
Jimmy Henshaw
Luther Grosvenor
Walter Johnstone
Mike Kellie
Keith Emerson
Notable instruments
Gretsch guitars

The V.I.P.'s were a British R&B musical ensemble formed in Carlisle, Cumberland, (North West England) in late 1963, out of an earlier outfit known as The Ramrods, who had formed in Carlisle in 1960. After a change of personnel in April 1967, the band changed their name to Art, and released the album Supernatural Fairy Tales.


The band members at various times were: Mike Harrison (lead vocals) (ex Dino and the Danubes, The Dakotas, The Ramrods); Greg Ridley (bass guitar) (ex Dino and the Danubes, The Dakotas); Frank Kenyon (rhythm guitar) (1963–67) (born 12 October 1945, Carlisle) (ex The Teenages, The Ramrods); Jimmy Henshaw (lead guitar) (1963–67) (born James Henshaw, 20 October 1941, in Newarthill, near Motherwell, North Lanarkshire, Scotland died 1 May 2007, Carlisle) (ex The Ramrods); Keith Emerson (electric organ) (1966–1967); Luther Grosvenor (lead guitar) (1967); Walter Johnstone (drummer) (1963–67) (born 11 March 1943, Carlisle) (ex The Teenages, The Ramrods); and Mike Kellie (drummer) (1967).

When Emerson left in early 1967, Harrison, Ridley, Grosvenor and Kellie changed their name to 'Art', and released one album, Supernatural Fairy Tales, produced by Guy Stevens, before becoming Spooky Tooth.



  • "She's So Good" / "Don't Keep Shouting At Me" (UK RCA, 1964)
  • "Mercy Mercy" / "That's My Woman" (U.S. only single, produced by Derek Lawrence
  • "Wintertime" / "Anyone" (as The Vipps, CBS)
  • "I Wanna Be Free" / "Don't Let It Go" (Island)
  • "Straight Down to the Bottom" / "In A Dream" (Island)
  • "Sunshine Help Me" (Island - as 'Spooky Tooth')


Compilation albums[edit]


  • Larkin, C: The Virgin Encyclopedia of Sixties Music p18 (Muze Uk Ltd, 1997) ISBN 0-7535-0149-X

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