1965 The Fortunes – Here It Comes Again
Robin Hood and his Merrie Men were a group in England in the early sixties made up of lead singer Mike West and three vocalists: Rod Allen, Glen Dale, and Barry Pritchard. Mike left and in 1961 the Merrie Men added three men on instruments and they became the Fortunes. The group worked with an instrumental group called the Clifftones and together they recorded the single Summertime, Summertime in 1963.
The three vocalists subsequently learned to play guitars themselves and split from all the other musicians. They added two new players (Andy Brown on drums, and Dave Carr on keyboards) and recorded the song Caroline in 1964. The single did not fare too well, but it became a theme song for the pirate radio station, Caroline.
Another pair of singles also failed to chart, but they found a hit with their next recording. The team of Roger Greenaway and Roger Cook wrote the song You’ve Got Your Troubles, I’ve Got Mine. The single reached #2 in the UK and #7 on the US Hot 100 in 1965.
The group’s next release was Here It Comes Again, a song written by the British team of Barry Mason and Les Reed (Les also wrote songs with both Greenaway and Cook). The single again reached the top five in the UK, but peaked at only #27 on the Hot 100.
The group struggled after that when three of their next four singles failed to even reach the UK chart. In a moment of irony, Reginald Calvert, the group’s manager, was killed in a dispute over the pirate radio station Caroline in 1966.
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