May 14, 2009
PEDDLERS - BIRTHDAY (CBS 1969) Jap mastering cardboard sleeve + 3 bonus
A brief biography again!..
Though short of "teen appeal', this seated, short-haired jazz-styled combo was appreciated by other artists for their stylistic tenacity and exacting technical standards. For much of 1964, the polished jazz pop concoctions of ex-Tornados Tab Martin (b. 24 December 1944, Newcastle, England; bass), ex-Faron's Flamingos Trevor Morais (b. 10 October 1944, Liverpool, England; drums) and the Dowlands' former backing guitarist Roy Phillips (b. 5 May 1943, Parkstone, Poole, Dorset, England; Hammond organ/vocals) were heard nightly at London's exclusive Scotch of St. James" club - and, the following January, their arrangement of Teddy Randazzo's "Let The Sun Shine In", delivered by Phillips in a blues-tinged snort, slipped fleetingly into the UK Top 50. It took over four years for the three to come up trumps again when an invigorating CBS Records contract launched Freewheelers into the album chart. This was the harbinger of a Top 10 strike with the self-penned "Birth", a stunningly innovative composition. The follow-up, "Girlie", was a minor success and the Peddlers fared well in the album lists with Birthday. The long-term benefits of this commercial Indian summer included the broadening of the group's work spectrum - notably in providing musical interludes for television chat-shows - and the command of larger fees for their stock-in-trade cabaret bookings.
After Birthday, the Peddlers returned to Philips Records again. In 1971, Philips issued Georgia on My Mind, followed a year later by Suite London.
Morais left the trio during an Australian tour in 1972, and the Peddlers disbanded in 1976. In 2002, Columbia/CBS released the double album CD anthology, How Cool Is Cool...The Complete CBS Recordings, which contained the songs from their three albums, their singles and B-sides, and a pair of previously unissued tracks.