World of Oz
|The World of Oz|
World of Oz (Dutch TV, May 1968)
|Origin||Birmingham west midlands, England|
|Years active||1968 - 1969|
The World of Oz was an English psychedelic pop band who released a sole self-titled LP in 1968, before fading into relative obscurity, although CD re-issues of the album are now widely available to the public.
The band formed in January 1968 and signed to Deram Records on 13 February 1968. Their song, "The Muffin Man", was a minor hit in the UK and US and reached the Top 10 in a number of European countries, including the Netherlands and Belgium. Publicity for the single in the US was constrained because the marketing budget was limited. The reason being, manager Barry Class left the band to manage his other band, The Foundations.
Despite the lack of a hit US single, the band recorded their only album with changing lineups. They broke up soon after its release in 1969.
They appeared on the BBC2 television program, "Colour Me Pop" on 8th March 1969.  Also in 1969, they were one of the musical acts (alongside Karlheinz Stockhousen, Tristram Carey, Daphne Oram and others) featured in David Buckton's BBC television documentary on electronic music production, "The Same Trade As Mozart", in the "Workshop" series (programme number LMA7125P). Their appearance concerned the multi-track techniques used in one of their recording sessions. This contribution is unacknowledged in the programme's catalogue entry.
- Christopher Robin (vocals/guitar)
- Tony Clarkson (bass)
- David 'Kube' Kubinec (guitar/organ)
- David Reay (drums)
- Geoff Nicholls (organ)
- Rob Moore (drums)
- The World of Oz (March 1969)
- "The Muffin Man" b/w "Peter's Birthday" (May 1968)
- "King Croesus" b/w "Jack" (August 1968)
- "Willow's Harp" b/w "Like a Tear" (February 1969)
- "The Hum Gum Tree" b/w "Beside The Fire" (1969-unissued)
(all of the above singles tracks except for "Peter's Birthday" was from their LP) 
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