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 US, and became a minor hit.
Although they released twelve singles on the Pye record label between 1963 and 1966, the Overlanders' only British hit was a cover version of the Beatles' "Michelle". It reached number 1 on the Record Retailer chart (subsequently the UK Singles Chart) in January 1966. In doing so, the single beat off a rival recording of "Michelle" by David and Jonathan, whose version was produced by George Martin 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)
- Laurie Mason – piano, percussion, vocals (born 1 November 1940, Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire)
- Peter Bartholomew – guitar, vocals (born 20 May 1941, Andover, Hampshire)
This line-up was augmented in concert by:
- Rick Wild – vocals, keyboards (born in West Yorkshire)
- Alan Warran – drums
- Terry Widlake – bass (born Harry Terence Widlake, 21 April 1942, Birmingham, Staffordshire)
- Paul Russell - first drummer of band, joined same time as Terry Widlake, was drummer for approx a year, leaving in Jan 1966.
Both Terry and Paul came from "the Sherwoods"
- Brian Middleditch – original drummer
- David Banks – drums
- David Walsh – drums (born 10 August 1947, Birmingham, Staffordshire)
- 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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