The Overlanders (band)
Originally playing folk songs, the band found success hard to come by during the beat era, and so converted to a more mainstream sound. In 1964, they had a regional hit in the Chicago area of the United States, and in Australia, with a cover of "Don't It Make You Feel Good", a song written and recorded by The Shadows in UK. That same year, their rendition of Chad Stuart's "Yesterday's Gone" received much airplay in the U.S., and became a minor hit.
Although they released twelve singles on the Pye label between 1963 and 1966, their only British hit was a cover version of The Beatles' song, "Michelle". It reached number one in the UK Singles Chart in January 1966, beating off a rival cover version by David and Jonathan which entered the charts the same week and reached No. 11, and featured arrangements by Tony Hatch.
The original trio were –
- Paul Arnold – lead guitar/vocals (born Paul Arnold Friswell, 18 August 1942, Bretford, Rugby, Warwickshire, England)
- Laurie Mason – piano/percussion/vocals
- Peter Bartholomew – guitar/vocals
later augmented in concert by –
- Rick Wild – vocals/keyboards (born in West Yorkshire)
- Alan Warran – drums
- Terry Widlake – bass
- Brian Middleditch – original drummer
- David Banks – drums
- David Walsh – drums
- David 'Kip' Stewart – guitar
- Andy Scarisbrick-guitar
Rick Wild kept the band touring, and are currently based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.
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