Biography

There are three bands that use the name “The People.”

The People - Kansas City 1999-2003
The People were a band from Kansas City, Missouri. They began as an early art-rock project by cousins Ben Grimes and Ryan Shank in Springfield, MO in 1999. They independently released one full-length record, “The Premise Is Sound” in 2000, and recorded an unreleased 3 song EP entitled “Japan.” Thom Daugherty left the band to join The Elms in 2000. In 2003, the band signed with Astralwerks Records, releasing one album and one EP under the name The Golden Republic.
The Golden Republic split up in December 2006. Ben Grimes formed the band Soft Reeds. Ryan Shank joined the short-lived band Lovers In Transit with Jeremiah Gonzales from fellow Kansas City band, The Elevator Division. Kenn Jankowski went on to form The Republic Tigers.

The People - Liverpool
The People were a ragtag bunch of mates from Liverpool, famous for their dancey riffs, infectious indie-pop choruses and shambolic, unpredictable gigs. Although on the verge of greatness, they disbanded after an alcohol induced riot in early 2005. The People were: Kieron Clarke, Simon Davie, Al Robinson, Toby Sinclair, Chris Wallbank, and later Kieron was replaced by John Major (not that one).

The People - Irish 60’s Band:
In 1966 guitarist Henry McCullough (formerly of The Sky Rockets Showband and Gene and The Gents) from Portstewart in Northern Ireland teamed up with bassist Chris Stewart[2] (born Eric Christopher Stewart, 1946, Belfast, Co Antrim), singer Ernie Graham (born Ernest Harold Graham, 14 June 1946, Belfast) and drummer Davy Lutton (born William David Lutton, 1946, Belfast) in the psychedelic outfit The People, who initially also included keyboard player Eric Wrixon.[3] ‘The People’ - who had evolved out of earlier band ‘Tony & The Telstars’ - developed a reputation on the Blackpool and Dublin music scenes and contributed to the 1966 compilation album Ireland’s Greatest Sounds: Five Top Groups From Belfast’s Maritime Club.[4]

Edited by A_M_Otero on 7 Dec 2012, 18:10

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