Jokers Wild (band)

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Jokers Wild
OriginCambridge, England
Past members

Jokers Wild were an English Rock band formed in Cambridge in 1964.[1][2] The line-up included guitarist David Gilmour and saxophonist Dick Parry. Gilmour went on to join the band Pink Floyd and Parry went on to become a session musician, playing on three Pink Floyd studio albums and one live album.[1] Parry also went on to join Gilmour's 2006 solo tour.

Recording sessions[edit]

Their only releases were a privately pressed, single-sided studio album (carrying catalogue number RSLP 007) and single (RSR 0031), of which only forty or fifty copies each were made. These were recorded at Regent Sound studio in Denmark Street, London.[1][3] A tape recording of the LP is held by the British Library's British Library Sound Archive.[1][4]

Together with record producer Jonathan King, they recorded what was to have been a UK cover version of Sam & Dave's "Hold On, I'm Comin'", but the original was released in the UK, so Jokers Wild's version was not released.[3]


  • David Altham – guitar, vocals, keyboards
  • David Gilmour – vocals, guitar, harmonica
  • Peter Gilmour – bass guitar, vocals (David Gilmour's brother)
  • John Gordon – guitar, vocals
  • Dick Parry – saxophone, trumpet
  • Tony Sainty – bass guitar, percussion, vocals (left in 1966; born 1943)
  • Clive Welham – drum, vocals (to mid-1965; born 1944 died 9 May 2012[2])
  • Rick Wills – bass guitar (replacing Tony Sainty)
  • Willie Wilson – drums (mid-1965 onwards)

Wills later played with Peter Frampton, Foreigner and Bad Company. Both he and Wilson played on David Gilmour's eponymous first solo album; Parry played on four Pink Floyd records, Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Division Bell and the live double album Pulse and had a career as a session musician.

Wilson later played drums and bass on Syd Barrett's solo albums, The Madcap Laughs and Barrett,[5] the later sessions of which were produced by Gilmour.[6] He also was a surrogate drummer on the live shows and soundtrack for Is There Anybody Out There? The Wall Live 1980–81 which came out in 2000. Between 1973 and 1978 he was a member of Quiver.

Track list[edit]

The album's five tracks, featuring David Gilmour and Dave Altham on vocals, were:[1]

  1. "Why Do Fools Fall in Love"
  2. "Walk Like a Man"
  3. "Don't Ask Me (What I Say)"
  4. "Big Girls Don't Cry"
  5. "Beautiful Delilah"

The single had "Don't Ask Me (What I Say)", backed by "Why Do Fools Fall in Love".[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Mabbett, Andy (2010). Pink Floyd - The Music and the Mystery. London: Omnibus. ISBN 9781849383707.
  2. ^ a b [1]
  3. ^ a b Manning, Toby (2006). "The Early Years". The Rough Guide to Pink Floyd (1st ed.). London: Rough Guides. p. 10. ISBN 1-84353-575-0.
  4. ^ Reference C-625/1,
  5. ^ Manning, Toby (2006). "Set the Controls". The Rough Guide to Pink Floyd (1st ed.). London: Rough Guides. p. 71. ISBN 1-84353-575-0.
  6. ^ Jones, Malcolm (2003). The Making of The Madcap Laughs (21st Anniversary ed.). Brain Damage. p. 8. |access-date= requires |url= (help)