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London, United Kingdom (1967 – 1973)

Honeybus were a 1960s pop group formed in April 1967, in London, UK. They were best known for their 1968 UK Top 10 hit single, “I Can’t Let Maggie Go”. Since their heyday, have often been pigeonholed as a “one-hit wonder”, a tag which many say belies the rich legacy of material left behind by the band.

The best known line-up consisted of:
* Pete Dello — (vocals, keyboards, guitar)
* Ray Cane — (vocals, bass, keyboards)
* Colin Hare — (rhythm guitar, vocals)

* Pete Kircher — (drums, vocals)
* Jim Kelly — (guitar / vocals)

Material was written by the band’s main resident composers, Dello and Cane. Critics, amongst them Kenny Everett, compared the band to the Rubber Soul era of Beatles. Yet Honeybus never had the commercial success of many other artists of time, and only once in their history did they connect with the public for a major hit with 1968’s “I Can’t Let Maggie Go”. However, this song was so popular that it earnt the band a cover photo on the popular music magazine Disc and Music Echo, where they posed somewhat appropriately on a Red London Bus.

“I Can’t Let Maggie Go” reached Number 8 in the UK Singles Chart, staying in the Top 40 for over two months, but any chance of future success was shattered when Dello resigned during the single’s chart run. He had been willing to play live on radio and television appearances or a special concert showcase, but abhorred the live scene and the idea of touring America. Jim Kelly came in on guitar and vocals, whilst Cane, whose talents and instincts were a close match for Dello’s, took over most of the songwriting.

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  • JonnyAG

    I liked the most popular tune. Can't be bad band

    19 Jan 2013 Reply
  • clockwisecarrot

    Fucking Beatles rip offs

    3 Jul 2010 Reply
  • fbelmont

    Story LP is a piece of heaven.

    10 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Codyke

    Perfect 60s pop/rock. I can't understand how these guys didn't become huge. Scarlet Lady is amazing.

    7 Jan 2010 Reply
  • ottosox

    Honeybutts

    21 Dec 2009 Reply
  • Lucifer-Sam

    Just got Story it great so far

    9 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Timmaniac

    i listened to story on my mp3 player the whole summer :) Highly recommended to zombies and beatles afficiandos with a weak spot for folkrock :P

    28 Aug 2009 Reply
  • sandysays

    too cute :) i think their songs are really good!

    25 Feb 2009 Reply
  • psycheceri

    Just bought a copy of 'Story' and it's amazing - love the album version of 'delighted to see you' with its slide-whistle riff and kazoo solo!

    15 Jan 2009 Reply
  • bazza85

    Story is one of the Top Five albums EVER!!

    9 Jun 2008 Reply
  • Hrma

    she's out there!!

    4 Jun 2007 Reply
  • summersunday

    honeybus ♥

    27 May 2007 Reply
  • obladi-oblada

    Great songs, very underrated band :O Very Beatlesque :D

    2 Apr 2007 Reply