(on Instant, Parlophone)
INSP 004 - "Are You Sampson"
R 5867 - "Venus" c/w "Wool & Water"
Ian Kewley - vocals,
Paul Ford - trumpet
Les Jones - guitar
Norman Findley - Hammond organ [conflict
of spelling with Findlay shown on LP labels]
Les Olbinson - bass
Mike Delaney - drums
six man group originally hailing from Manchester. The group had its
origins in The Rainmakers, which became The Big City Soul Band, with a line-up
including trumpet and French horn. By way of a name change to Baker
Street Limited, in 1969 they signed with the infamous
manager Don Arden and moved south, first to Birchington, Kent (near
Margate) on the south-east coast and adopting the name Samson along the
way. Through Arden's agency, they gigged at places like
the Marquee in London and a recording contract with Immediate subsidiary
label Instant was arranged,
resulting in the "Are
You Samson" album, produced by Paul Korda.
However, the company was in poor financial shape, the album did not get
promoted, nor a single issued from it.
Early in 1970, Immediate was
bankrupt, however Paul Korda kept faith and through his Aquarius Records
production company leased a single to Parlophone; the A-side was a
re-recording (or possibly remix) of a track from the Instant LP. When this failed to raise
interest, the band eventually disbanded, with only Ian Kewley going on
to make a noticeable mark in the music business.
For more information, see here - http://www.manchesterbeat.com/groups/bigcity/bigcity.php