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England (1963 – 1968)

There three acts named The Roulettes;

1. An underrated 1960s British quartet made up of John Rogan (bass), Russ Ballard (lead guitar), Peter Thorpe (rhythm guitar), and Bob Henrit (drums), The Roulettes featured future Argent alumnus Russ Ballard on lead guitar. They were originally formed as a backing band for vocalist Adam Faith , who enjoyed a massively successful light rock & roll career in the early ’60s in England. Beginning in 1963 with the start of the rock & roll explosion coming out of Liverpool, the group was somewhat reorganized, and their and Faith’s work together became much more assertive; the result was Faith’s last big hit, “The First Time,” in August of 1963.

The group began recording on their own for EMI in late 1963 and revealed themselves as an above-average group, fully competitive on a musical level with acts like The Searchers and The Hollies. Their records, though fewer in number, display many of the same virtues found on the better-known work of The Beatles and The Searchers, including soaring harmonies behind strong lead vocals, crisp guitar playing, and a good ear for memorable hooks. Ballard and Henrit also appeared on “Concrete and Clay,” a major hit for the acoustic rock outfit Unit 4 + 2, but the Roulettes’ own records stubbornly failed to make the charts. By 1965, they’d split with Adam Faith, but the concentration on their own careers didn’t change the inexplicably lackluster performance of their records.

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  • L57NT

    VVV not just good but also superior to Beatles

    21 Aug 2012 Reply
  • theblazingskulk

    Junk kills it's so f-ing sweet!!

    14 Jun 2009 Reply
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  • Magic_Alex

    bloody good beatles rip-off`s

    2 May 2008 Reply
  • PetriP-TNT

    Bad Time is a great song

    18 Feb 2008 Reply

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