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Background information
GenresBlues rock, hard rock
Years active1974–1977
LabelsMercury, Reprise, Vertigo, BGO, Swan Song
Associated actsFamily, Bobby Tench, Chapman-Whitney, Iron Maiden, Axis Point
Past membersSee: Band members

Streetwalkers were an English rock band formed in late 1973 by two former members of Family, vocalist Roger Chapman and guitarist John "Charlie" Whitney. They were a five piece band which evolved from the Chapman, Whitney band.

The band was managed by Michael Alphandary and Harvey Goldsmith[1] and were best known for their live performances and their album Red Card (1976). By 1977 their potential to become more important in UK rock history was diminished by changing musical taste, due to the growing influence of punk rock and new wave music on European culture. The band had success in USA and Europe, particularly Germany.[2]


1973 Chapman Whitney Streetwalkers the album[edit]

Chapman and Whitney signed to the Reprise label in 1973 and recorded Chapman Whitney Streetwalkers (1974) with a lineup including other members of Family (co-founder Ric Grech on bass, former bassists John Wetton and Jim Cregan providing bass and backing vocals and backing vocals respectively) and King Crimson (Wetton, plus saxophonist Mel Collins and drummers Ian Wallace and Michael Giles). When writing about the album for Allmusic, Patrick Little commented:

During this period keyboard player Blue Weaver appeared with them at concerts, such as the Reading Festival in the summer of 1974.[4] Bobby Tench from The Jeff Beck Group and Hummingbird was also featured in their fluid, informal touring band line up and appeared at concerts such as in Hyde Park, London, the same year[5]

Concert billing, Rockpalast, Streetwalkers formation and Downtown Flyers[edit]

After recording the album Chapman Whitney Streetwalkers, Chapman and Whitney changed the name of their band to Streetwalkers and Tench joined them as an official band member, when they signed to Phonogram Inc. in 1975. Tench was joined by drummer Nicko McBrain, who would later join Iron Maiden and bass player Jon Plotel. They had previously appeared on a European broadcast for the German TV show Rockpalast with Chapman and Whitney earlier the same year, billed as The Chapman Whitney Streetwalkers.[6] The band's first album, Downtown Flyers (1975) was released in both USA and Europe but did not achieve the anticipated success in USA, although interest in Europe was more encouraging.

Red Card, stadium concerts[edit]

Their second studio album, the groove heavy album Red Card (1976) reached #16 in UK album charts[2] and remains a much respected album.[7] The band performed at a series of concerts entitled Who Put The Boot In appearing at UK Football stadiums, during May and June 1976. The billing for these concerts included The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Little Feat, Outlaws, Widowmaker (UK) and Streetwalkers were the last act to appear before The Who performed.[8] The band also toured the U.S as support to others such as Wings, 10cc and Joe Cocker.[9]

John Peel sessions, final Rockpalast appearance[edit]

On 12 June 1976 they made their first appearance for John Peel on his "Peel Sessions" recorded by BBC radio, with the line-up of Chapman, Whitney, Tench, Plotel and McBrain[10] and were featured by Peel once more as a "Peel session", on 14 March 1977.[11] On 19 April the same year, they made their final appearance on Rockpalast, with a line-up which included Chapman, Whitney, Tench, keyboardist Brian Johnstone, bassist Mickey Feat and drummer David Dowle who later joined Whitesnake.[12]

Vicious But Fair and breakup of band[edit]

By the time their third and final studio album Vicious But Fair (1977) was released, Vertigo had shifted their commercial emphasis to the musical trends of punk rock and new wave music. The euphoria surrounding the band began to diminish and the potential of becoming more established in Europe evaporated. Streetwalkers Live (1977) was their final album and included a rough and ready compilation of poorly recorded tracks, probably released to comply with contractual obligations. In his review of this album for Allmusic, John Dougan mentions the poor quality of the recording and states that: "Chapman tears off a few soulful moments and it can rock".[13] By now the band had broken up and Tench moved on to work with Van Morrisson, along with Feat.

Band members[edit]

Roger Chapman, 1974

Chapman Whitney Streetwalkers musicians 1973-1974[edit]

Streetwalkers musicians 1975-1977[edit]



  • Red Card Repertoire REP 4147-WP CD (2002)[2]
  • Downtown Flyers BGO (2002)[2]
  • Vicious but Fair See for Miles SEECD 352(1994)[2]
  • Live at the BBC Windsong 61 (1994)
  • Streetwalkers Live BGO (2004)


  • Red Card/Vicious but Fair BGO BGOCD 606 (2005)


  • "Roxianna"/"Crack" Reprise K14357 (1974)[2] taken from Chapman-Whitney Streetwalkers album
  • "Raingame"/"Miller" Vertigo 6059 130 (1975)[2] taken from Downtown Flyers album
  • "Daddy Rolling Stone"/"Hole In Your Pocket" Vertigo 6059 144 (1976)[2] taken from Red Card album
  • "Chilli Con Carne"/"But You're Beautiful" Vertigo Europe from Vicious but Fair album


  1. ^ Stark, David & Dexter, Jeff (1974-06-29). Hard Rock Calling: Forty years of hard rock in Hyde Park.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Joynson, Vernon. The Comprehensive guide to British Music of the Beat, R&B, Phychedelic and Progressive Eras 1963-1976. Borderline Productions (2008). p. 819.
  3. ^ Little, Patrick. "Chapman Whitney Streetwalkers". Retrieved 2009-05-28.
  4. ^ "Chapman and Whitney at Reading Festival". Retrieved 2009-05-28.
  5. ^ "Hyde Park Free Festival". 1974-06-29. Retrieved 2010-04-27.
  6. ^ "Chapman Whitney Streetwalkers, Rockpalast archive July 1975". Retrieved 2009-05-28.
  7. ^ Roberts, David. British Hit Singles & Albums. Guinness World Records Ltd. p. 536.
  8. ^ "Who Put The Boot In". Retrieved 2009-02-14.
  9. ^ "Streetwalkers anInterview with Jon Plotel". Retrieved 2018-02-19.
  10. ^ "Streetwalkers BBC Peel Sessions June 1976". Retrieved 2009-04-23.
  11. ^ "Streetwalkers BBC Peel sessions March 1977". Retrieved 2009-04-23.
  12. ^ "Chapman Whitney Streetwalkers, Rockpalast archive". 1997-04-19. Retrieved 2009-05-28.
  13. ^ Dougan, John. "Live Streetwalkers". Retrieved 2009-05-27.
  14. ^ Roberts, David. British Hit Singles & Albums. Guinness World Records Limited. p. 536.


  • Joynson, Vernon. The Tapestry of Delights - The Comprehensive Guide to British Music of the Beat, R&B, Psychedelic and Progressive Eras 1963-1976. Borderline (2006). Reprinted 2008. ISBN 1-899855-15-7
  • Roberts, David. British Hit Singles & Albums (19th edition). London: Guinness World Records Limited(2006). ISBN 1-904994-10-5.

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