Jokers Wild (band)

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Jokers Wild
OriginCambridge, England
Years active1962–1968
Past members

Jokers Wild were an English Rock band formed in Cambridge in 1962.[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.


The origins of the band go as far as 1962, when they were formed in Cambridge under the name The Ramblers, with Chris Marriott on vocals, his brother Mervin on guitars, John Gordon also on guitars, Dick Parry on saxophone, Richard Baker on bass and Clive Welham on drums. Eventually, other members would join in and others would leave to be replaced by new musicians. As time went by, David Gilmour joined the band, and his brother Peter would sometimes replace Richard Baker on bass, until Tony Sainty came in as a bassist. And then one day they found themselves as a trio, David Gilmour, new bassist Rick Wills and drummer Willie Wilson, so they changed their name to Joker's wild. They went in Paris, France and again changed their name to The Flowers, but as soon as they arrived all their instruments were stolen, they had to borrow new ones and tried to find some places to play there. Luckily, David Gilmour was proposed to sing two songs for a movie soundtrack that was done there in Paris, Two Weeks in september by producer Serge Bourguignon, with Brigitte Bardot, Jean Rochefort, Laurent Terzieff and Murray Head. The songs are called Do You Want To Marry Me? and I Must Tell You Why, and his bandmates also played under the name Bullitt. And then one day, David Gilmour received an offer he couldn't refuse, to replace Syd Barrett in Pink Floyd, so it was the end of his previous band.

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]


Band Members[edit]

  • Mervin Marriott : Guitar
  • Albert « Albie » Prior : Guitar
  • Richard Baker : Bass - Replaced by Tony Sainty – bass guitar, percussion, vocals (left in 1966; born 1943) (1966) and then by Rick Wills – bass guitar (1966–1968)
  • David Gilmour – vocals, guitar, harmonica (1962–1968)
  • David Altham – guitar, vocals, keyboards (1962–1968)
  • John Gordon – guitar, vocals (1965–1968)
  • Chris Marriott : Vocals
  • Dick Parry – saxophone, trumpet (1962–1968)
  • Clive Welham – drums, vocals (to mid-1965; born 1944 died 9 May 2012[2]) (1965) Replaced by Willie Wilson – drums (mid-1965 onwards) (1965–1968)

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.