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Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers

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Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers were a 1960s beat group, who had two Top 10 hits with “”One Way Love” (#9 UK, 1964), and “Got to Get You into My Life” (#6 UK, 1966).

In 1959 Bennett put together the first version of the Rebel Rousers, his backing band. They were good enough to attract the attention of audio engineer and aspiring record producer Joe Meek, with whom they recorded several singles leased to Parlophone. During this period he used to visit a record store in Hayes, Middlesex called Rowley`s Gramophone Records, it was here that he enjoyed cups of coffee with owner Mr John Rowley and listening to the latest single releases. Even after he became famous, Cliff would still visit the shop. It was Mr Rowley that helped Cliff change management to Brian Epstein.

Bennett continued recording for Parlophone, including cover versions of “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me” and “Got My Mojo Working”, but failed to make any impact. They were signed by Brian Epstein to a management contract in September 1964, and soon after, on their seventh release, “One Way Love” backed with “Slow Down”, they finally charted. But their next record, “I’ll Take You Home” b/w “Do You Love Him” only got to #42.[2]

Finally, in early 1966, they were booked as an opening act on The Beatles’ last European tour. During those shows, Lennon/McCartney gave Bennett the first hearing of “Got to Get You into My Life”, a song that was going to be on their Revolver album later that year, but not to be released as a single. Bennett and company saw their opportunity and took it, with Paul McCartney producing the session. The result was a #6 hit, and that was a double triumph for Bennett, as his own original song “Baby Each Day” graced the B-side.

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