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The Californians

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A major Wolverhampton group of the 60’s, The Californians came together in May 1966 as a product of a change in the Sheila Deni & Black Diamonds (she left to go solo). The original Californians comprised the remaining members of the Black Diamonds, Roger Clark lead, Pete Habberley bass and Keith Evans on drums, with John O’Hara as lead vocalist. Later members included Mick Brookes (from the Cobras) who took Roger Clarke’s place, Rob Trevis (from Choice) who replaced Keith Evans, both played the drums standing up which at that time was unheard off. Adrian Ingram (Choice, Gilt Edge, Evolution) who became an extra guitarist and Geoff Parkes (Mathew) who replaced John O’Hara as vocalist. The style of the group was close harmony. The Californians traveled extensively around the UK and the Channel Islands. Because of their Beach Boy/Four Seasons style, The Californians were found performing at all the USAF air bases throughout the UK.

Their first release on Decca was called Golden Apples, other titles included Follow Me, Congratulations, Sunday Will Never Be The Same. Then a label change to Fontana with Mandy, Sad Old Song and the last label change Chapter One records came a slowed down version of the Fortunes’ classic You’ve Got Your Troubles’. All records produced by Irving Martin. While they never reached the Top Twenty, their records sold well, they toured extensively and made a large number of appearances on all the popular Radio One Shows both recorded and live.

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