Flaming Youth (band)

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Flaming Youth was a British rock group, who recorded one album in 1969 before breaking up. The band is most notable as the first professional band of Phil Collins, then 18 years old.

The band consisted of Brian Chatton on keyboards, (born Brian Charles Chatton, 19 July 1948, Bolton, Lancashire, England), Ronnie Caryl on bass guitar and guitar, Gordon Smith on guitar and bass guitar, and Collins on drums. Toward the group’s end, Rod Mayall briefly joined on organ, and the group became more free-form.[1]

The group released an album, Ark 2, in 1969. In November 1969, the British music magazine, NME, reported that the concept album was the subject of an hour-long television special, which the group had filmed in the Netherlands.[1] The LP was released on the Fontana Records in the UK to some critical but no commercial success. There was also a follow-up single recorded, "Man, Woman, and Child". After a brief tour, the group dissolved.

Collins and Caryl both auditioned for Genesis the following year, although Caryl was not successful.[2] Caryl later played with Collins as his guitarist on his solo tours. Collins also kept in touch with Chatton, playing on at least one song by the band Boys Don't Cry on their second album.


  1. ^ Tobler, John (1992). NME Rock 'N' Roll Years (1st ed.). London: Reed International Books Ltd. p. 204. CN 5585. 

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