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Tony Hall

c. 1971

Tony Hall
Born Anthony Hall, 1944, UK; Died 1 June 2017, UK

Bands:
Peter Nelson and The Travellers / Peter's Faces (c. 1961 - early 1965)
Wainwright's Gentlemen (late Sept 1965 - Feb 1968)
Rupert's Spoon (March 1968 - mid 1968)
The Flower Pot Men (Sept 1968 - early Oct 1968)
Simon K & The Meantimers (early Oct 1968 - Spring 1970)
Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band (Spring 1970 - Jan 1971)
White Plains (mid 1971 - mid 1972)
Uncle Tone & His Magic Sax (1976)
The Frankie Reid Band (1978)
Shakin' Stevens (1979 - 1982)
Flying Fox (c. late 1979/1980 - 1984)
Screaming Lord Sutch (Sessions) (1981)
Sheena Easton (Sessions) (1981, 1982)
Rockleodeon (June 1982)
Dangerfield / Greenie Big Band (unknown dates b/t 1982 - 1990)
Chas & Dave (1985, 1987, 2000s)
Florida Sun (1987)
Stuart (1987)
Cliff Bennett (2002, 2009)
[Various Touring Bands] (2000s)

Peter Nelson and The Travellers / Peter's Faces (c. 1961 to early 1965)
Peter's Faces started out as a Middelsex beat band called Peter Nelson and The Travellers, fronted by future White Plains vocalist, Peter Nelson. It's not known exactly when Tony Hall joined the group, but according to Nick Simper, he met Tony while he was in the band with his good friend, Tony Ross (aka Rupert Ross), which points to a pre-1962 timeframe. By early 1962, bassist Robin Shaw had taken over from Tony Ross, who later went on to join Carter-Lewis and The Southerners. Future Jimi Hendrix Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell briefly took over on drums in the Summer of 1962, while their regular drummer was recovering from a broken arm. Future Eric Burdon and The Animals guitarist Vic Briggs also passed through the band's ranks that year, deputizing for member John MacDonald. In 1963, Robin Shaw temporarily left The Travellers to join Ronnie Wood's band The Rhythm and Blues Bohemians as their lead vocalist. Several news clippings credit Pete Nelson with both vocals and bass during that time. The Travellers toured the country and later that year they played a month-long residency gig at The Star Club in Hamburg. Early in the new year, the band recorded their first single, "Why Did You Bring Him To The Dance?". It was at this time that Producer and Piccadilly A&R man, Ray Horricks, recommended a name change to Peter's Faces. Their debut single was released in March of 1964 to warm reviews. Not long after, Robin Shaw returned to the band, taking over bass duties from Peter Nelson. Two more singles were released that year: "Try A Little Love My Friend" and "(Just Like) Romeo And Juliet". At some point in the Autumn of 1964, Vic Briggs returned to the band, once again taking over from John MacDonald. It's not known how long Vic remained with the band, nor the reason for John's temporary departure. Presumably, John returned before the recording of their last single "De-Boom-Lay-Boom", which saw a release in January of 1965. During these active years, the band performed frequently on radio programs and appeared on several TV shows, including Ready Steady Go!CrackerjackThank Your Lucky StarsScene at 6:30, and One Night Stand. After modest success, but no chart hits, the band called it quits in early 1965.

Members (1961 - 1965):
Peter Nelson - vocals (also bass in 1963)
John MacDonald - guitar
Vic Briggs - guitar (Summer 1962 and Autumn 1964)
Tony Hall - rhythm guitar, sax
Tony Ross (aka Rupert Ross) - bass (up to 1962)
Robin Shaw - bass (1962, 1964-1965)
Peter Coleman - drums
Mitch Mitchell - drums (Summer 1962)

Albums (as Peter Nelson and The Travellers):
Twist At The Star Club, Hamburg, Phillips, UK, 1963
"Please Please Me" (Lennon-McCartney)
"Loop De Loop" (Dong, Vann)
Star-Club Show, Star Club Records, Germany, 1963
"Please Please Me" (Lennon-McCartney)

Singles (UK) (as Peter's Faces):
"Why Did You Bring Him To The Dance?" (Nelson) b/w "She's In Love" (Nelson), Piccadilly, March 1964
"Try A Little Love" (Nelson) b/w "I Don't Care" (Schroeder, King), Piccadilly, 7 Aug 1964
"(Just Like) Romeo And Juliet" (Hamilton, Gorman) b/w "Wait" (Hall, Scrimshaw), Piccadilly, 9 Oct 1964
"De-Boom-Lay-Boom" (Barkan, Heard) b/w "Susie-Q" (Hawkins, Lewis, Broadwater), Piccadilly, 29 Jan 1965

Summer 1962
L to R: Robin Shaw, Peter Nelson, Mitch Mitchell, Tony Hall, and Vic Briggs
Photo from Jimi Hendrix: Inside the Experience book by Mitch Mitchell

c. 1964
L to R: Peter Nelson, Robin Shaw, John MacDonald, Tony Hall, unknown, and Peter Coleman

Pic from Don't Make Promises CD booklet, 2002


Wainwright's Gentlemen (late September 1965 to February 1968)
Wainwright's Gentlemen were a soul group who formed out of West London band, Unit 4, in late 1963. By early 1964, they had secured a residency at the Hayes Beat Club in Middlesex and some coffee bars in London's West End. Future Deep Purple singer, Ian Gillan, replaced Chris Wright on vocals later that year, and was joined by female vocalist Ann Cully. Then in early 1965, future Sweet drummer, Mick Tucker, joined their ranks. The band continued on through 1965, losing vocalist Ian Gillan along the way. In late September, both saxophonist Tony Hall (future White Plains) and vocalist Brian Connolly (future Sweet) were brought on board. Ann Cully left in mid-1966 and the remaining members recorded two demo tracks in early 1967. Frank Torpey (future The Sweetshop) replaced Gordon Fairminer on lead guitar that October. After a gig on 20th January 1968, Frank Torpey was fired from the band and was soon replaced by bassist Jan Frewer's friend, Robin Box. According to Frank Torpey (thesweetweb.com), this didn't sit well with Brian Connolly and Mick Tucker and within two weeks they had left the band to form The Sweetshop with Torpey and Steve Priest from local band, The Army. However, in Steve Priest's autobiography, Are You Ready, Steve?, the reason cited was Mick's impending firing from the band. Brian and Mick had approached Steve after a shared gig at Ealing Townhall, where they relayed to him that there was unrest within the band with Mick Tucker about to be thrown out. Brian Connolly, being a good friend of Mick's, decided he would leave with him. Steve later received a phone call from Brian asking him to join their new band, which would be known as The Sweetshop, later shortened to The Sweet. Future White Plains drummer, Roger Hills, was recruited to replace Mick Tucker. By the end of February 1968, Wainwright's Gentlemen was no more and the remaining members toured Germany for three months under the name Rupert's Spoon.

Members (September 1965 - February 1968):
Ann Cully - vocals (1964 - mid 1966)
Brian Connolly - vocals (Sept 1965 - early Feb 1968)
Gordon Fairminer - guitar (April 1965 - Oct 1967)
Jim Searle - guitar (1962 - mid 1966)
Frank Torpey - guitar (Oct 1967 -  20th of Jan 1968)
Robin Box - guitar (from late Jan 1968)
Jan Frewer - bass (1962 - Feb 1968)
Tony Hall - tenor sax (late Sept 1965 - Feb 1968)
Mick Tucker - drums (until early Feb 1968)
Roger Hills - drums (from early Feb 1968)

For a more detailed history of Wainwright's Gentlemen see thestrangebrew.co.uk

circa January 1968
L to R: Tony Hall, Robin Box, Mick Tucker, Jan Frewer and Brian Connolly
Pic from The Sweet: An Illustrated Biography by Brad Jones **

** Pic is labeled in the book as c. 1967. However, with Robin in the band with Mick & Brian, this would have to be within a two week window between the end of January and beginning of February, 1968.


Rupert's Spoon (March 1968 to mid-1968)
After Mick Tucker and Brian Connolly left Wainwright's Gentlemen to form The Sweetshop, remaining members Jan Frewer, Tony Hall and Robin Box recruited Roger Hills and sauntered on playing at least one gig towards the end of February 1968. By March, Wainwright's Gentlemen were dissolved and the remaining members formed Rupert's Spoon. This band toured Germany for three months and in September of 1968 they were invited to join The Flower Pot Men backing band (sans Frewer), after the exit of drummer Carlo Little and guitarist Mick Stewart.

Members:
Robin Box - guitar
Tony Hall - sax
Jan Frewer - bass
Roger Hills - drums


The Flower Pot Men (September 1968 to early October 1968)
The Flower Pot Men started out as a studio project created by John Carter and Ken Lewis (formerly of The Ivy League). Their best known hit, "Let's Go To San Francisco", peaked at number 4 on the UK charts in August of 1967. In September of 1968, Tony Hall was invited to join the backing band (aka Sundial), along with two of his Rupert's Spoon bandmates, Robin Box and Roger Hills. Robin and Roger would remain with the band through their metamorphosis into White Plains. Sax player Tony Hall, however, would leave in early October to join Simon K & The Meantimers, with sax duties being taken over by Ricky Wolff. In January 1969, Ricky Wolff took over for Neil Landon as a main vocalist, who had departed for the band Fat Mattress. The band, who was now under the production team of Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway, released one last single on 28 March 1969, "In A Moment Of Madness". They continued to tour and in late October they went into the studio to record what would become White Plains' first and biggest hit, "My Baby Loves Lovin'".

Members (Sept 1968 to early October 1969)
Tony Burrows - vocals
Robin Shaw - vocals, bass*
Ricky Wolff - vocals (from Jan 1969 to Oct 1969) and sax, flute, keyboards (from early Oct 1968 to Oct 1969)
Pete Nelson - vocals (also piano from early 1969 onwards)
Neil Landon - vocals (up to Jan 1969)
Robin Box - guitar
Gordon Haskell - bass (up to mid-October 1968)
Tony Hall - sax (up to early October 1968)
Roger Hills - drums

* Gordon originally joined from May to July 1968, with Tex Makins returning to take his place from July to August. He then returned in September, but left again in mid-October to join Cupid's Inspiration [per NME article, 19 Oct 1968]. It's believed that Robin Shaw then took over on bass. By early 1969, the main core of what would become White Plains was established, with three of the main vocalists taking over bass, piano, and rhythm guitar from their former backing band.

The Flower Pot Men, Fabulous 208 Magazine, Nov 1967
L to R: Tony Burrows, Neil Landon, Pete Nelson, and Robin Shaw


Simon K & The Meantimers (early October 1968 to Spring 1970)
The Meantimers (as they were originally known) were a Mod R&B/Soul band formed in London in late 1964. The original lineup consisted of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist, Tony (surname unknown), Rick Thomas on lead guitar, bassist Warwick Rose (future Tangerine Peel), organist Bill Pitt, and drummer Michael Armes. Not much is known about the early history of the band. In early 1967, Tony was replaced on lead vocals by Simon K (aka Kennie Simon). The band was then renamed Simon K & The Meantimers and by the summer a full lineup change had taken place. Brent Scott Carter, along with fellow sax players, Alan Wherry and Ken Hendy were part of this new lineup. A few more changes happened over the next few years, with Sid Phillips replacing Ken Hendy on baritone, ex-Quiet Five member Roger McKew taking over lead guitar from George Teo, and the addition of future White Plains members Tony Hall, Tex Marsh, and Brian Johnston. The band released their only UK single in November of 1969: "Bring Back Your Love (To Me)". The band continued to tour the UK into the new year. In the Spring of 1970, both Tony Hall and Brent Scott Carter left the group to join Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band. By mid-1970, The Meantimers had disbanded. Simon K went on to join The Majors in 1976 and Hot Chocolate in 2010.

Members (October 1968 to Spring 1970):
Simon K (Kennie Simon) - lead vocals (early 1967-1970)
George Teo - lead guitar (mid 1967 - late 1968)
Roger McKew - lead guitar (late 1968 - 1970)
Mick Glyde - bass (June 1967 - May 1969)
Bill Pitt - organ (1964-1967, Autumn 1969-1970)
Terry Vandenburgh - organ (1967-1968)
[Russian organist, name unknown] (c. 1968-1969)
Brian Johnston - organ (Spring 1969 - Autumn 1969)
Brent Scott Carter - tenor sax (mid 1967 - Spring 1970)
Sid Phillips - sax (late 1967 - early Oct 1968)
Tony Hall - sax (early Oct 1968 - Spring 1970)
Ron Carthy - trumpet (1969-1970)
Tony Glyde - drums (mid 1967 - early 1968)
Tex Marsh - drums (Summer 1968 - Spring 1970)

Singles (UK):
"Bring Back Your Love (To Me)" (B. Bell) b/w "You Know I Do" (Colin Giffin), B&C Records, Nov 1969

For a more detailed history of The Meantimers, see garagehangover.com

Thanks to Alan Wherry, Tex Marsh, and Nick Warburton for providing info.

c. late 1967
L to R: George Teo, Brent Scott Carter, Mick Glyde, Simon K, Alan Wherry, Tony Glyde, and Terry Vandenburgh
Photo courtesy of Alan Wherry


Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band (Spring 1970 to early 1971)
The Ram Jam Band were a London Soul outfit formed in 1964 by guitarist Pete Gage and organist Jeff Wright. In April of 1965, Geno Washington, a newly discharged member of the US Airforce, was asked to join the band, replacing Errol Dixon as their lead vocalist. The band were quickly booked for a residency gig at the Flamingo in London, which lasted straight through to September. During this time, the band recorded and released their first UK single, "Shake Shake Senora" on Columbia Records. The band continued to play various UK gigs, with several personnel changes taking place along the way. Geno and the band parted ways in early October 1969, after playing a short tour of Spain. A new lineup was formed in November/December, which included guitarist Alan Griffin, drummer Roy Manderson, organist Phil Lanzon, bassist Tom Duffy, and sax player Don Weller. This lineup toured with Geno until early Spring of 1970. Not long after, with only guitarist Alan Griffin remaining, Geno revived the band with yet another lineup. Joining them were Tony Hall and fellow future White Plains member Brent Scott Carter (who both came from Simon K & The Meantimers), trumpet player Frank Charlton, an organist named Winston*, and an American drummer named Larry*. Bassist Tom Duffy went on to join the band Arc with former members of Skip Bifferty around May of 1970. According to organist Martin Woodward, he followed drummer James Smith (who had been his bandmate in both House of Orange and Aquila) into the band, presumably after the exit of Larry and Winston. By January/February, Geno would once again find himself without a backing band. Between February and June of 1971, Geno toured with the members of Brighton Jazz-Rock band, Affinity (Dave Watts, Mo Foster, Mike Jopp, and Grant Serpell). In 2005, the band became active again with members Geno Washington, Geoff Hemsley, Steve Bingham, Stuart Dixon, Alan Whetton, and Allesandro Carvevali filling out the lineup. Geno and his group still tour today. Between 1965 and 1970, Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band released eleven singles, three EPs, and four albums.

Members (Spring 1970 to January 1971):
Geno Washington - vocals (early 1965 - 1971, 2005-present)
Alan Griffin - lead guitar (Nov 1969 - Jan 1971)
Tom Duffy - bass (Nov 1969 - Spring 1970)
Roger Flavell - bass (Dec 1970 - Jan 1971)
Tony Hall - tenor sax (Spring 1970 - Jan 1971)
Brent Scott Carter - tenor sax  (Spring 1970 - Jan 1971)
Winston (surname unknown)* - organ (Spring 1970 - Dec 1970)
Martin Woodward - organ (Dec 1970 - Jan 1971)
Frank Charlton - trumpet (Spring 1970 - Dec 1970)
Larry (American, unknown surname)* - drums (Spring 1970 - Dec 1970)
James Smith - drums (Dec 1970 - Jan 1971)

* For a more detailed history of The Ram Jam Band, see thestrangebrew.co.uk and garagehangover.com

Thanks to Martin Woodward for providing info.

Italian 45 picture sleeve, 1967
Pic from 45cat.com


White Plains (mid-1971 to mid-1972)
See full biography HERE

In early 1971, vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Ricky Wolff left White Plains to pursue a solo project (of which some tracks were released under the name Crucible) and was replaced by sax player Tony Hall and sax player/flautist Brent Scott Carter. Both Brent and Tony came from The Ram Jam Band, which was going through another personnel shakeup. It's not known exactly when Ricky left and Brent and Tony stepped in, so the members involved in the recording of their May 1971 hit "When You Are A King" remains uncertain. By mid-1972, Tony and Brent had left the band and former Candy Choir member, Ron Reynolds, was brought on board.

Members (early 1971 to mid-1972)
Pete Nelson - vocals, rhythm guitar, piano (1969-1974, 1978)
Robin Shaw - bass, vocals (1969 - late 1973)
Robin Box - guitar, vocals (1969-1974, 1978)
Roger Hills - drums (1969, mid 1970 - mid 1973)
Tony Hall - tenor sax (mid 1971- mid 1972)
Brent Scott Carter - tenor sax, flute (mid 1971 - mid 1972)

Singles (UK):
"Gonna Miss Her Mississippi" (Cook, Greenaway, Hammond, Hazlewood) b/w "I'll Go Blind" (Young, Renshaw), Deram, 27 Aug 1971
"I Can't Stop" (J. Hill, R. Hill) b/w "Julie Anne" (Shaw, Nelson), Deram, 7 Jan 1972

Albums (UK):
When You Are A King, Deram, Oct 1971

L to R: Roger Hills, Tony Hall, Robin Box, Pete Nelson, and Brent Scott Carter
Photo from Israeli music magazine Lahiton, 1971

© Photo by Chris Walter
c. 1971
L to R: Roger Hills, Pete Nelson, Tony Hall, Brent Scott Carter, Robin Box, and Robin Shaw


c. 1971
Clockwise from Left: Robin Box, Pete Nelson, Tony Hall, Roger Hills, Robin Shaw, and Brent Scott Carter
Photo from Record Mirror, 17 July 1971


Uncle Tone & His Magic Sax (1976)
After Zenith, Robin Box and Roger Hills reunited with bassist Robin Shaw and sax player Tony Hall. In late 1976, they recorded their own version of the Christmas classic "Sleigh Ride" on the PVK record label.

Members:
Tony Hall - vocals, sax
Robin Shaw - bass
Robin Box - guitar
Roger Hills - drums
Frankie J. Marshall - keyboards, vocals on B-side

Singles (UK):
"Sleigh Ride" (Leroy Anderson, Mitchell Parish) b/w "Shoes" (Shaw, Box, Hall), PVK, 3 Dec 1976

45 picture sleeve, UK, 1976
Pic from 45cat.com


The Frankie Reid Band (1978)
After the dissolution of his band Powerhouse in 1974, Frankie Reid formed a new group simply named, The Frankie Reid Band. The band played '50s-style Rock 'n' Roll and in 1978 they recorded two tracks for DJ Stuart Colman's BBC Radio 1 series It's Rock 'n' Roll. The tracks were released on a compilation LP that same year, which also included acts such as Memphis Bend, James Booker, and Carl Perkins. 

Members (1978):
Frankie Reid - vocals
Dana Gillespie - vocals
Dave Wendells - guitar
John Hawken (ex-Nashville Teens) - piano
Matthew Fisher (ex-Procol Harum) - piano
Sid Phillips - sax
Tony Hall - sax
Carlo Little - drums

Albums (UK):
It's Rock 'N' Roll Vol. 2, Various Artists, Super Beeb Records, 1978
Tracks:
"Rock 'N' Roll World" (Reid)
"Mystery Train" (Parker, Phillips)

LP cover


Shakin' Stevens (1979 to 1982)
Shakin' Stevens (aka Michael Barratt) is a Welsh singer/songwriter who had a string of UK Top 40 hits in the 1980s. Tony Hall played saxophone on several studio recordings. He was joined in these sessions by his former bandmates, guitarist Roger McKew (ex-Simon K & The Meantimers) and sax player Sid Phillips (ex-Frankie Reid Band).

Albums (UK):
Take One, Epic, 8 Feb 1980
Marie, Marie (aka This Ole House), Epic, 17 Oct 1980 and 27 March 1981
Shaky, Epic, 4 Sept 1981

Session Members:
Shakin' Stevens - vocals
Albert Lee - lead guitar
Mickey Gee - lead guitar, rhythm guitar
Roger McKew - rhythm guitar, lead guitar
B.J. Cole - steel guitar
Eddie Jones - guitar
Stuart Coleman - bass
Geraint Watkins - piano
Sid Phillips - baritone sax
Tony Hall - tenor sax
Howard Tibble - drums

LP cover, 1981


Flying Fox (c. late 1979/1980 - 1984)
Around late 1977, ex-Flower Pot Men drummer Carlo Little formed a rock band called Flying Fox with friends Frankie Reid, Nick Simper (ex-Deep Purple, Warhorse), and Pete Parks (ex-Warhorse). They played cover songs in various venues around West London. In late 1979, vocalist Frankie Reid emigrated to Australia and various singers filled the gap over the next few years. Tony Hall joined the group after Reid's departure, along with his wife, vocalist Marie Dunn. The group eventually split in 1984.

Members:
Frankie Reid - vocals (up to late 1979)
Marie Dunn - vocals
Jimmy Royal - vocals
Ronnie Harwood - vocals
Pete Parks - guitar
Nick Simper - bass
Tony Hall - sax
Carlo Little - drums


Screaming Lord Sutch (Sessions) (1981)
Screaming Lord Sutch was an English musician known for his horror-themed music and wild stage persona. His regular backing band was known as The Savages, which was founded in early 1960 by ex-Flower Pot Men drummer, Carlo Little. Close to twenty singles and four albums were released between 1960 and 1982. Lord Sutch's fourth album Rock & Horror was released in 1982, with the recording sessions taking place between 1979 and 1982. Tony Hall took part in the 1981 recording sessions for four tracks. Tony's frequent recording mate, fellow sax player Sid Phillips, also took part in these sessions.

Session Members (1981):
Screaming Lord Sutch - vocals
Terry Clempson - guitar
Keith Evans - bass
Lou Martin - piano
Sid Phillips - sax
Tony Hall - sax
Brian Juniper - sax
Rod De'Ath - drums

Albums (UK):
Rock & Horror, Ace, 1982
Tracks featuring Tony:
"All Black & Hairy" (Lord Sutch)
"Jack The Ripper" (Stacey, Haggin, Simmonds)
"London Rocker" (Lord Sutch)
"Oh Well" (Lord Sutch)

LP cover


Sheena Easton (Sessions) (1981, 1982)
Well-known Scottish singer, Sheena Easton, released fifteen albums between 1981 and 2000. Her first album Take My Time was released in 1981 and features Tony Hall on saxophone, along with former Pilot keyboardist Billy Lyall, and super-session guitarist Phil Palmer. Tony would again lend his talents on Sheena's 1981 album Madness, Money And Music. This time Tony was joined in session by Whitesnake guitarist Micky Moody.

Session Members (Take My Time LP):
Sheena Easton - vocals
Phil Palmer - guitar
Andy Brown - bass
Billy Lyall - keyboards
David Cullen - keyboards
Derek Austin - keyboards
Ian Lynne - keyboards
Peter Vale - keyboards
Tony Hall - sax 
Frank Ricotti - percussion
Peter Van Hooke - drums

Session Members (Madness, Money And Music LP):
Sheena Easton - vocals
Micky Moody - guitar
Phil Palmer - guitar
Mo Foster - bass
Ian Lynn - keyboards
Bias Boshell - piano
Chris Hunter - brass
Guy Barker - brass
Tony Hall - sax
Frank Riccotti - percussion
Peter Van Hook - drums

Albums (UK):
Take My Time, EMI, 1981
Madness, Money And Music, EMI, 1982

Sheena performing on Australian TV Show Countdown, May 1981


Rockleodeon (June 1982)
Rockleodeon was a studio project put together by members of Sly Fox, along with bassist Rick Brown and guitarist Roger Rettig. Tony Halls' wife, Marie Dunn, handled the lead vocals. They only released one single under this band name in June of 1982.

Members:
Marie Dunn - vocals
Roger Rettig - guitar (on B-side only)
Rick Brown - bass
Tony Hall - sax
Carlo Little - drums

Singles (UK):
"Music, Music, Music (Including I Got Rhythm)" (Weiss, Baum, G. Gershwin, I. Gershwin) b/w "I Got Hitched" (Dunn, Little, Hall), Technical, 18 June 1982

UK 45 picture sleeve featuring Marie Dunn
Pic from 45cat.com


Dangerfield / Greenie Big Band (unknown dates b/t 1982 to 1990)
Musician Tony Dangerfield was involved in several bands in the 1960s and 1970s, namely Screaming Lord Sutch and The Savages, Circles, Roman Empire, Crusaders, Rupert's People, Episode Six, and The Shakers. He had also released a solo single on the Pye label in 1964, after being signed by ill-fated Producer Joe Meek. After Tony's fifth tour with Lord Sutch (a tour in which his band The Shakers served as Sutch's backing band), he formed a band called Dangerfield (aka Greenie Big Band) in early 1982. Not much is known about this band other than the lineup. Tony didn't tour again with Lord Sutch until late 1989, which leaves a gap of seven years. It's possible this band was active throughout those years, but this cannot be confirmed.

Members:
Paul Green - vocals, guitar
Tony Dangerfield - guitar
Peter Parks - guitar
Ian (unknown surname) - bass
Nicky Pentelow - sax
Nicky Payne - sax
Sid Phillips - sax
Tony Hall -sax
Mac Poole - drums


Chas & Dave (1985 to 1987, 2000s)
Chas & Dave were an English duo who performed what they call "Rockney" style music (combination of "rock" and "cockney") with comic flavor. Between 1975 and 1991, Chas & Dave had five Top 20 hits in the UK. It's not known how long Tony Hall toured with the band, nor how many times he's rejoined them over the years. In the 2000s, Tony was brought back into the touring lineup, most notably for their first headlining show at London's Royal Albert Hall in 2014. Chas & Dave released an album of new material in early 2018. Chas Hodges passed away on the morning of 22nd September 2018.

Members (1985, 1987):
Chas (aka Chas Hodges) - vocals, keyboards, guitar
Dave (aka Dave Peacock) - vocals, bass
Jeff Daly - sax
Dave Bitelli - sax
Nicky Payne - sax
Sid Phillips - sax
Tony Hall - sax
Mick Burt - drums, percussion

Albums (UK):
Chas & Dave's Jamboree Bag Number 3, Rockney, 1985
Flying, Bunce Records, 1987

Chas & Dave performing live, 1985


Florida Sun (1987)
Florida Sun was formed around 1984 by drummer Carlo Little. They released three singles on Sparkle Records and a final single on Tembo Records in 1988. In 1987, the band recorded a full-length LP, which features Tony Hall on saxophone.

Members (1987 LP):
Ronnie Harwood - vocals
Pete Kelly - piano
Andrew Whitmore - keyboards
Ian Summers - keyboards
Nigel Jenkins - guitar, bass
Nigel Portman-Smith - bass
Carlo Little - drums, percussion
Ralph Salmins - drums
Jamie Talbot - alto sax
Tony Hall - tenor sax
Paul Eshelby - trumpet, fuget horn
Geraint Watkins - accordian
Tony Rivers - backing vocals
Anthony Thompson - backing vocals
Mick Clarke - backing vocals

Albums (UK):
The Florida Sun Album, Tembo Records, 1987

LP cover


Stuart (1987)
Stuart is a seemingly short-lived synth-pop band fronted by vocalist Stuart Gray. Not much is known about this artist. Stuart's only known single was co-produced by Bari Watts, who had previously worked as the sound engineer on the 1982 solo single of former White Plains member, Robin Box.

Members:
Stuart Gray - vocals, keyboards
Bari Watts - guitar, bass
Tony Hall - sax
Roland (unknown surname) - drums, percussion

Singles (UK):
"Feelin' Lonely" (S. Gray) b/w "Lady" (S. Gray), First Time Records, 1987

45 cover
Pic from discogs.com


Cliff Bennett (2002, 2009)
Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers were a 1960s British R&B group, best known for their UK hits "One Way Love" (1964) and "Got To Get You Into My Life" (1966). The band called it quits in the late 1970s. In 1988, the band was reformed and the lineup included Cliff Bennett, Mark Lundquist, Sid Phillips, Mos Groves, Robin Shaw, and Robin Box. They performed regularly at '60s Shows. In 2002, Tony Hall lent his talents on Cliff's album Loud And Clear, which included re-recordings of his old hits, along with several new tracks. And once more in 2009, on Cliff's last album Nearly Retired. Tony joined his long-time friend and fellow sax player Sid Phillips on tour with Cliff Bennett and The Rebel Rousers in the 2000s.

Members (Loud And Clear Album, 2002):
Cliff Bennett - vocals
Robin Box - guitar
Robin Shaw - bass
Sid Phillips - baritone sax, tenor sax, keyboards
Tony Hall - tenor sax
Bobby Llovett - trumpet
Stuart Reese -trumpet
Darren Bazzoni - drums

Members (Nearly Retired Album, 2009):
Cliff Bennett - vocals
Norman Beaker - guitar
John Price - bass
Bob Lovett - sax
Sid Phillips - sax
Tony Hall - sax
Dave Baldwin - keyboards
Paul Burgess - drums

Albums (UK):
Loud And Clear, Delicious Records, 15 April 2002
Nearly Retired, Wienerworld, 4 May 2009

CD cover, 2009


[Various Touring Bands] (2000s)
Tony Hall toured and played locally with several bands during the early to mid 2000s. These included: John Stapleton Rhythm & Blues Party, Tales From The Woods Band, The Midnight Soul Band, and Power Of Soul. 

If you have any corrections, further info, or photos that can be used, please contact me (Kelly).


posted by Kelly Kinsley

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