1964 – 1968 (4 years)
Beirut, Beyrouth, Lebanon
There are 2 bands known as The Cedars:
1. A four-piece from London, UK combining Folk-Americana with dark, foreboding blues. The Cedars have played a huge variety of shows and festivals including Glastonbury Festival, Reading Festival, Secret Garden Party, The Great Escape, Trowbridge Village Pump, and many more.
The Cedars are
Chantal Hill: Vocals
Jason Moffat: Guitar/Banjo
Pedro Vidal : Acoustic bass
Richard Keenan: Drums (2010 - )
Stephen Coates: Drums (2006 - 2010)
2. A Lebanese rock group from the 1960s. They are most noted for using saz or oud instead of electric guitar on most of their songs, making them one of the best examples of East meets West.
On their first single they went by the name The Sea-ders, but on their second single they switched to The Cedars. This particular single was originally released in Israel, but due to the fact that the Six Days War had just broke out, most copies were destroyed. Soon after, The Cedars moved to London where they recorded two more singles. But after their fourth single, Decca decided to drop the band. Eventually they got into some serious money problems, sold all their instruments and equipment, broke apart and were forced to go back to Lebanon.
In 1969, Decca decided to re-issue this single in Turkey, where it was a big hit. In fact this song was covered by Mavi Işiklar and the B side “Hide If You Want To Hide” was covered by Selçuk Alagöz, both in Turkish (and both are featured on the Grey Past compilation “Turkish Delights“).
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