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The Tremeloes

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Dagenham, Essex, England (1958 – present)

The Tremeloes are an English beat group founded in 1958 in Dagenham, Essex, England, and still active today. The group began as Brian Poole & the Tremoloes, the name soon being changed to Brian Poole & The Tremeloes thanks to the spelling mistake of a local newspaper. They were initially cast in the Buddy Holly & The Crickets mould. Decca notoriously chose them over The Beatles, whom they had auditioned on the same day. They first charted with a version of “Twist and Shout” (1963), which owed much to the Beatles’ version, followed by a chart topping cover of The Contours’ U. S. million-seller “Do You Love Me” in the same year. Before they parted company with Brian Poole in 1966, their covers of Roy Orbison’s B-side, “Candy Man” and The Crickets’ B-side ballad, “Someone Someone” (both 1964) entered the UK singles chart Top Ten, with the latter peaking at number two.

Once Poole had left, and after a couple of near misses, rhythm guitarist and keyboard player Alan Blakely took over leadership of the group, and Len ‘Chip’ Hawkes (father of 1990s hitmaker Chesney Hawkes) replaced bassist Alan Howard. They started an even more successful hit run in 1967 with Cat Stevens’ “Here Comes My Baby”; “Suddenly You Love Me”, “Hello World”, and “My Little Lady”, and their number-one recording of an old Four Seasons’ B-side “Silence Is Golden”. Both this last single and “Here Comes My Baby” also entered the U.S. Top Twenty. All members shared vocals, though most of the songs featured either Hawkes or drummer Dave Munden as the lead singer.

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  • cyberpalawrence

    The lyrics speaks for itself. I like the song, the singer, and the group. I express our feelings. Tremeloes is a great group in my personal History.

    11 Feb 5:26pm Reply
  • TimSwag

    All 3 version of 'Silence is Golden' kicks but

    3 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Elzhivago

    bring back memooooo.....

    22 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Lowbacca

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3iCXu70FtA

    12 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Lowbacca

    NEW IMAGES UP

    12 Nov 2011 Reply
  • ilsonowl

    Help sort out the pictures on the Amen Corner ... it's been hijacked by some death metal band !

    25 May 2011 Reply
  • CruelMel0dy

    The Beatles were rejected by Decca Records in 1961, less than a year before Beatlemania swept the UK. After recording fifteen tracks for the now infamous Decca Audition, the Fab Four was told that “guitar groups are on their way out” and “the Beatles have no future in show business.” Famous last words! Decca instead chose a group called the Tremeloes, who were local and would not cost as much money.

    16 Feb 2011 Reply
  • tmanrocker

    how could they choose these guys over the beatles..... no sense

    3 Dec 2010 Reply
  • davidgeorgea

    This one is great !!!and moves along like a train

    7 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Retro_Saiyan

    @Salt_The_Fries Actually, some of their late-1960s/early-1970s singles were written/co-written by group members.

    23 Sep 2010 Reply
  • tangerman

    milina810: These great old songs exists everywhere! :-)

    25 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Lionheartattack

    Silence Is Golden, and great too!

    24 Sep 2009 Reply
  • jayakiran

    This was the band Dick Rowe (A&R, Deccan Records) chose to sign, turning down The Beatles. I'm sure he felt stupid later.

    22 Jun 2009 Reply
  • milina810

    Старенькая песня и есть на русском

    3 Apr 2009 Reply
  • siwy2jozek

    TO JEST PIEKNE MOLODIA MOJEJ MLODOSCI, NIEWIELE WIEM O KOMPACH ALE TERAZ NIE WIEM JAK MOZNA BYLO ZYC BEZ KOMPOW I INTERNETU???

    20 Mar 2009 Reply
  • rikemama

    lovely lovely lovely!!

    28 Jan 2009 Reply
  • rodney47

    Golden

    19 Dec 2008 Reply
  • Richex

    SHUSH!...SILENCE IS GOLDEN....LISTEN.

    4 Dec 2008 Reply
  • opalmaker

    That was real Dancingmusic, great !

    7 Oct 2008 Reply
  • zippped

    I live in Tremelo, Belgium :D

    30 Sep 2008 Reply
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