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Cliff Bennett

 

Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers was the first London band to be signed by The Beatles manager, Brian Epstein. Their innovative brass sound introduced British youth to soul music. Within three months of Epstein's management, the band had their first UK hit single with "One Way Love" and a tour of Germany with The Beatles. They were the first British band to be signed to the Motown label.

Cliff crowned his success with The Rebel Rousers in 1966 with a song written exclusively for him by Lennon & McCartney - "Got To Get You Into My Life" which reached No. 3 in the UK charts, creating a unique British soul sound. Their other hits include: "Back In The USSR", "One Way Love" and "I'll Take You Home"

The Rebel Rousers, named after a Duane Eddy number, were initially born in the mid 50's by Cliff Bennett and various friends performing skiffle numbers and Rock & Roll covers wherever they could find space to rehearse. By the turn of the decade the band had stabilized to its first professional line up of Cliff Bennett, Mick King, Frank Allen, Sid Phillips and Ricky Winters. It was during this time that they were discovered by legendary producer Joe Meek who took them into his studio and recorded such great songs as "Poor Joe" amongst others.

Whilst the Joe Meek era produced no hits it did get the band noticed enough to secure tours of the Hamburg clubs in Germany and it was here that Cliff Bennett and The Rebel Rousers were spotted and signed up by The Beatles Manager Brian Epstein.

With the demise of the Rebel Rousers in 1969 Cliff formed 'Toe Fat' who recorded two albums before Ken Hensley and Lee Kerslake left to form Uriah Heep

Over recent years Cliff has found a new generation of fans enjoying his soulful music once again and has toured with The Manfreds, Alan Price, Georgie Fame, Chip Hawkes, The Animals, Zoot Money, Dave Dee and Colin Blunstone. He has also gained a new lease of life in Denmark where he is currently a regular on the tour circuit.

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