White Plains (band)
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White Plains were a British pop music group, that existed from 1969 to 1976. They had an ever-changing role of musicians and five UK hit singles, all on the Deram Records label, in the early 1970s.
White Plains evolved from the late 1960s pop/psychedelic band The Flower Pot Men, composed of Tony Burrows, Pete Nelson, and Robin Shaw together with Neil Landon (who went to Fat Mattress). The band was primarily a studio project led by John Carter. The last single of the Flower Pot Men for Deram Records was composed by Roger Greenaway and was an attempt at a hit single in the style of the then popular Love Affair called "In A Moment of Madness". The single did not chart and for the next single the band's name was changed to White Plains. The band's songs were mainly produced and written by Greenaway and Roger Cook.
White Plains released several hit songs, including 1970's "My Baby Loves Lovin'" (number 13 on the U.S. charts and number 4 in Canada), and 1971's "When You Are A King" (number 13 on the UK Singles Chart) that was translated to Hebrew and covered by the Israeli singer, Shlomo Artzi. "Lovin' You Baby" reached number 35 in Canada. White Plains kept changing their line-up during its relatively short existence. Burrows was the band's original lead singer. At the same time Burrows did studio work, singing on hits by The Brotherhood of Man, The Pipkins (again with Roger Greenaway), and Edison Lighthouse. Dave Kerr-Clemenson also left Edison Lighthouse in 1973 to join White Plains.
The group's top-selling song "My Baby Loves Lovin'", was recorded on 26 October 1969, and was released on 9 January 1970 on the Decca Records imprint, Deram Records. The song has been featured on many CDs, including a White Plains compilation and The Voice of Tony Burrows, a compilation of hits sung by Burrows under the various group names. The full-length album version of "My Baby Loves Lovin'" has never been featured on any CD.
"I've Got You On My Mind" was a UK hit, reaching number 17. The 1973 hit "Step into a Dream" was used in the British television commercials for Butlins' holiday camps. Burrows, Nelson, and Shaw met again in 1974 in First Class, another John Carter project that scored worldwide with their single, "Beach Baby".
- Tony Burrows, vocals (left after the 1969 recordings)
- Pete Nelson, piano
- Robin Shaw, bass (born Robin George Scrimshaw, October 6, 1943, Hayes, Middlesex)
- Neil Landon, guitars
- Ricky Wolff, guitars, keyboards, flute, saxophone (up to 1973) (born 8 July 1945)
- Ron Reynolds, organ (1973 onwards)
- Robin Box, lead guitar (born 19 June 1944)
- Roger Hills, drums
- David Kerr-Clemenson (bass guitar/vocals) (1973 onwards)
- Roger (Tex) Marsh (percussion) (1973 onwards)
UK singles discography
Note: All singles are on the Deram label except where noted.
- "My Baby Loves Lovin'" - 1970 - number 9
- "I've Got You On My Mind" - 1970 - number 17
- "Loving You Baby" - 1970
- "Julie Do Ya Love Me" - 1970 - number 8
- "Every Little Move She Makes" - 1971
- "When You Are A King" - 1971 - number 13
- "Gonna Miss Her Mississippi" - 1971
- "I Can't Stop" - 1972
- "Dad You Saved the World" - 1972
- "Step Into A Dream" - 1973 - number 21
- "Does Anybody Know Where My Baby Is" - 1973
- "Julie Anne" - 1973
- "Ecstasy" - 1974
- "Summer Nights" - 1976 (Bradley Records)
- "Dance With You" - 1978 (PVK Records)
- "Wanna Fall in Love" - 1978 (PVK Records)
US singles discography
- "My Baby Loves Lovin'" - 1970 - number 13
- "Lovin' You Baby" - 1970 - number 82
Canadian singles discography
- "My Baby Loves Lovin'" - 1970 - number 9
- "Lovin' You Baby" - 1970 - number 35
UK albums discography
- "White Plains" (retitled "My Baby Loves Lovin'" in the US) - 1970
- "When You Are a King" - 1971
UK compact discs discography
- My Baby Loves Lovin' - 1993 (includes entire first LP "My Baby Loves Lovin'", followed by 11 A-side singles and 1 B-side single)
- The Deram Records Singles Collection - 2015 (contains all 13 Deram A-side singles and their respective B-sides, many of which make their CD debut)
- Stephen Thomas Erlewine (2015-03-03). "The Deram Records Singles Collection - White Plains | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-05-17.
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 599. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.