The Peddlers formed in Manchester in April 1964, as a trio of
- Trevor Morais (born Trevor Gladstone Emanuel Morais, 16 October 1943, Liverpool)
- Tab Martin (born Alan Raymond Brearey, 24 December 1944, Newcastle upon Tyne)
- Roy Phillips (born Roy Godfrey Phillips, 5 May 1941, Parkstone, Poole, Dorset).
In 1966, the group began a residency at Annies Room in London also playing the Scotch of St James and The Pickwick where the group's first album Live at the Pickwick, including an introduction by Pete Murray, was recorded.
The trio released six singles and an EP on the Philips record label before joining CBS in 1967. Their cover of "Let the Sunshine In" (1965) charted on the UK Singles Chart. In 1968 they released the album Freewheelers, consisting of standards arranged by Keith Mansfield. The follow-up, 1968's Three in a Cell, included a version of "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever", from the 1965 musical of the same name, which was later sampled for its bass and Hammond organ riff. The third and final CBS album, Birthday, followed in 1969, and brought the band two UK Top 40 singles in "Girlie", and "Birth" which reached No. 17. Following Birthday, the Peddlers returned to Philips, where they released Georgia on My Mind in 1971 and Suite London (1972).
On Philips they released Three for All in 1970 including "Tell the World Were Not In", "Working Again", "My Funny Valentine" and "Love for Sale".
Trevor Morais left the trio during an Australian tour in 1972, and was replaced on drums by New Zealander Paul Johnston. The Peddlers disbanded in 1976. The anthology How Cool Is Cool... The Complete CBS Recordings was released by CBS in 2002.
After the Peddlers
Roy Phillips now lives in Christchurch, New Zealand, and performs live shows around the country. He contributed lead vocals for the track "Closer" on the 2007 Lord Large album, The Lord's First XI.
Paul Johnston returned to New Zealand and became a chiropractor. He died in 2013.
In popular culture
- The Peddlers provided the theme song for the 1968 Hammer film The Lost Continent.
- The song "Tell The World We're Not In" was featured in the 1970 horror film Goodbye Gemini.
- In 2012, season 5 episode 3 ("Hazard Pay") of AMC-TV's Breaking Bad used "On a Clear Day..." as the musical background over a montage of Walt and Jesse's meth manufacturing.
- Live at the Pickwick (1964)
- Free Wheelers (1967), UK No. 27
- Three in a Cell (1968)
- The Fantastic Peddlers (1968) (compilation)
- Birthday (1969), UK No. 16
- Three for All (1970)
- Suite London (1972)
- Live in London (1973)
- How Cool Is Cool... (The Complete CBS Recordings) (2002)
- "Let the Sunshine In" (1965), UK No. 50
- "Birth" (1969), UK No. 17
- "Girlie" (1970), UK No. 34
- "Have You Ever Been to Georgia" / "Manah" (1971)
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