The 60's and 70's
1964 saw Frank Allen heading off to join The Searchers and being replaced on bass by Bobby Thompson from Kingsize Taylor and The Dominoes, with Moss Groves being draughted in as a second saxophone player to join Sid Phillips. The band also included members such as Chas Hodges and Mick Burt of Chas and Dave, Roy Young and Nicky Hopkins.
Within three months of being signed by Epstein the band were touring with The Beatles and had secured their first British hit with "One Way Love." Subsequent releases failed to chart until Brian Epstein and The Beatles introduced them to a song they had written for the 'Revolver' album. That song was "Got To Get You Into My Life" which Cliff and the guys recorded produced by Paul McCartney and reached number three in the UK charts in 1966.
A further two hits followed in "I'll Take You Home" and another Beatles song "Back In The USSR" however shortly afterwards the band dissolved and Cliff formed 'The Cliff Bennett Band' which included Frank Farley and Mick Green of The Pirates.
This was followed by 'Toe Fat' who recorded two albums before Ken Hensley and Lee Kerslake left to form Uriah Heep, and 'Rebellion' who released one album. Cliff Bennett's last project was 'Shanghai' formed in 1974 with Mick Green before finally deciding to call it a day.