Formed in the early 60s as an instrumental band The Applejacks original members hailed from Solihull in the Midlands and were signed to Decca Records.
They had hits with “Tell Me When”, (written by Les Reed) “Like Dreamers Do” and “Three Little Words”.
After fading from the music scene in 1967, fifty years on, Ray, Dave, Mick, Rob and Dave, all seasoned musicians, have re launched as a tribute to this talented band..
Tribute To The Applejacks
The band has been put together as a tribute to original members Al Jackson, Martin Baggott, Don Gould, Phil Cash, Gerry Freeman, Megan Davis and to the great music they produced. At the same time they are awakening The Applejacks sound to a new audience in 2017.
Ray (drums) has either worked with or alongside the very best bands and artists, including The Small Faces, The Moody Blues, The Fortunes, The Tornados, The Ivy League, Union Gap UK, The Roulettes, Linda Gale Lewis (sister of Jerry Lee Lewis), Marty Wilde, Cliff Bennett, Graham Fenton (Matchbox), Mike Sarne, Mike Berry & The Outlaws and Marty Wilde & The Wildcats. Ray also spent 4 years working as drummer for John Leyton & The Flames until the retirement of John Leyton in 2015.
Rob (lead vocals) has performed in a number of bands – more recently with a Meat Loaf tribute band. He played in a support band to Dr Feelgood in 2005 at the Rocking Beer Festival, now known as the Cambridge Rock Festival. He also performs as a solo artiste under the stage name of Ziggy.
Dave (lead guitar) has performed across the UK and Europe in tribute bands as well as taking on recording and session work, he has appeared in support bands with the likes of Hot Chocolate, Showaddywaddy and Edison Lighthouse.
Mick (keyboard) has worked with or alongside Chris Farlowe, Zoot Money, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Joe Brown, The Platters and the Rockin Berries. He has also performed in bands supporting some of the UK’s top comedians including Roger De Courcey, Duncan Norvelle, Roy Walker, Chrissie Rock, Jimmy Jones and Bobby Davro.
Dave (bass) has worked with or alongside Moonshine with John Payne (vocalist from Asia ’92 – ’06), The Enid, Tygers of Pan Tang, Samson Angelwitch and Wishbone Ash. Has made TV appearances on TOTP and Cheggers Plays Pop and with John Payne, Keith Marshall, Jeff Allen (Hello). He undertook Radio 1 sessions for Friday Rock Show and was signed to Neat Records – recording a single with Valhalla.
Who Were The Original Applejacks?
The Applejacks were an English pop and beat group of the 1960s. They were the first “Brumbeat” group (that is, from the West Midlands conurbation-Birmingham area) to reach the Top 10 of the UK Singles Chart and were unusual for having a female bass guitarist, Megan Davies. (Wikipedia).