Pinkerton's Assorted Colours

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Pinkerton's Assorted Colours
Also known asPinkerton's Colours
OriginRugby, Warwickshire, England
GenresPop music
Years active1964–1969
LabelsDecca Records, Pye Records
Associated actsThe Liberators, The Flying Machine
Past membersTony Newman
Samuel "Pinkerton" Kempe
David Holland
Barrie Bernard
Tom Long
Stuart Colman
Steve Jones
Paul Bridge-Wilkinson
Michael Summerson
Philip Clough
Peter Robbins
Martyn "Stalky" Gleeson

Pinkerton's Assorted Colours were a mid-1960s pop band from England. They are best known for their 1965 hit, "Mirror, Mirror", which reached No. 9 in the UK Singles Chart.[1]


Formed in Rugby, Warwickshire as 'The Liberators', they became Pinkerton's Assorted Colours in 1965, and scored a Top 10 hit with their first single release, "Mirror, Mirror" written and sung by bandmember Tony Newman. They were managed by Reginald Calvert, and supported by his then radio station, Radio City. Lack of further chart success found them dubbed one-hit wonders.

Stuart Colman, Pinkerton’s one time bassist, went on to become a BBC Radio One DJ, and later a producer for Shakin' Stevens, Cliff Richard and Billy Fury.

After their second single they shortened their name to 'Pinkerton's Colours', then to 'Pinkertons.' In 1969, following several lineup changes, they reformed as The Flying Machine, who also became one-hit wonders, albeit in the United States.[2]

Band member Barrie Bernard later played in Jigsaw. Drummer David Holland left the band in 1968 to form Trapeze, and later became successful as the drummer for Judas Priest.


  • Tony Newman (born 1947, Rugby) - vocals, guitars
  • Samuel "Pinkerton" Kempe (born 1946, Rugby) - vocals, autoharp
  • David Holland (born 5 April 1948, Northampton - died 16 January 2018 in Spain)[3][4] - drums
  • Barrie Bernard (born 27 November 1944, Coventry) - bass guitar
  • Tom Long (born Rugby) - lead guitar
  • Stuart Colman (born Ian Stuart Colman, 19 December 1944, Harrogate, Yorkshire) - bass, electric piano
  • Steve Jones (born 1946, Coventry) - lead guitar, vocals (not to be confused with The Sex Pistols' guitarist)
  • Paul Bridge-Wilkinson (known as Paul Wilkinson) (born 1948, Coventry) – drums, vocals
  • Michael Summerson (born October 1950 - February 2016) - bass guitar, vocals
  • Philip Clough (born November 1947) - lead guitar, vocals
  • Peter Robbins (born February 1959) - drums, vocals.
  • Martyn "Stalky" Gleeson (born February 1955) - drums.



  • "Mirror, Mirror" b/w "She Don't Care" 1965 - No. 9 UK[1]
  • "Don't Stop Loving Me Baby" / "Will Ya" 1966 - No. 50 UK
  • "Magic Rockin' Horse" / "It Ain't Right" 1966
  • "Mum And Dad" / "On A Street Car" 1967
  • "There's Nobody I'd Sooner Love" / "Duke's Jetty" 1968
  • "Kentucky Woman" / "Behind The Mirror" 1968[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "PINKERTON'S ASSORTED COLOURS - full Official Chart History - Official Charts Company". Retrieved 11 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Top Records of 1969" (PDF). Billboard. Cincinnat, Ohio: Billboard Publications, Inc. December 27, 1969. Retrieved July 11, 2017.
  3. ^ "Dave Holland of TRAPEZE & JUDAS PRIEST Fame Dies". 18 January 2018. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  4. ^ "R.I.P. ex-Judas Priest and Trapeze drummer Dave Holland (1948-2018)". 21 January 2018. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  5. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 427. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.

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