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Les Fleur de Lys
Origin Southampton, England
Genres psychedelic music
Years active 1964-1968
Labels Immediate
Members
Frank Smith (g, voc)
Gary Churchill (b)
Alex Chamberlain (key)
Keith Guster (dr)
Gordon Haskell (b/voc)
Phil Sawyer (g)
Pete Sears (key)
Bryn Haworth
Tony Head (voc)
Tago Byers (b)
Former members
Chris Andrews

Les Fleur de Lys were a British band originally formed in late 1964, in Southampton, Hampshire, England. They recorded singles beginning in 1965 in the mod-psychedelic music genre, later known as freakbeat. Known for their varied line-ups, only drummer Keith Guster was a member throughout their history. They finally disbanded in 1969. Keyboardist Pete Sears went on to play with Jefferson Starship.

Les Fleur de Lys were managed by Atlantic Records' Frank Fenter, who had also discovered Sharon Tandy, the first white artist to record for Stax Records. Together, they produced a string of near-chart hits which later became collectable discs. They also recorded "Reflections of Charles Brown" under the name "Rupert's People". This single, heavily reminiscent of Procol Harum's "A Whiter Shade of Pale", failed to chart despite receiving airplay but is now considered a collectable item according to Record Collector Magazine (Issue c. 1992).

Jimmy Page produced their first single and co-produced their second release with Glyn Johns. They are featured on Hip Young Guitar Slinger and other reissues of 1960s British rock. A compilation of their work was issued in 1996 under the name Reflections.

They backed John Bromley on his only L.P.

Discography

  • 1965 - Moondreams (Petty) / Wait For Me (Page) - (Immediate IM 20)
  • 1966 - Circles (Townshend)/So Come On - (Immediate IM 32)
  • 1966 - Mud In Your Eye/I've Been Trying - (Polydor 56124)
  • 1967 - I Can See A Light/Prodigal Son 1967 - (Polydor 56200)
  • Feb 68 - Gong With The Luminous Nose/Hammer Head (Polydor 56251)
  • 1968 - Stop Crossing The Bridge/Brick By Brick (Atlantic 584 193)
  • 1969 - You're Just A Liar/One City Girl (Atlantic 584 243)
  • 1996 - Reflections (CD-Compilation FDL 1005)
  • Graham Dee has worked with the band.

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Les Fleur de Lys
Origin Southampton, England
Genres Psychedelic rock, freakbeat
Years active 1964–1969
Labels Immediate, Polydor, Atlantic
Associated acts Rupert's People, Sharon Tandy
Former members
Frank Smith
Gary Churchill
Alex Chamberlain
Keith Guster
Gordon Haskell
Phil Sawyer
Pete Sears
Bryn Haworth
Tony Head
Tago Byers
Chris Andrews

Les Fleur de Lys were a British band originally formed in late 1964, in Southampton, Hampshire, England. They recorded singles beginning in 1965 in the mod-psychedelic music genre, later known as freakbeat. Known for their varied line-ups, only drummer Keith Guster was a member throughout their history.[1] They finally disbanded in 1969. Keyboardist Pete Sears went on to play with Jefferson Starship.

Les Fleur de Lys were managed by Atlantic Records' Frank Fenter, who had also discovered Sharon Tandy, the first white artist to record for Stax Records. Together, they produced a string of near-chart hits which later became collectable discs. Sweet Feeling's manager, Howard Conder recruited the band to record the song "Reflections of Charles Brown", which was the rework of "Charles Brown", under the name 'Rupert's People'.[1][2] This single, heavily reminiscent of Procol Harum's "A Whiter Shade of Pale", failed to chart despite receiving airplay but is now considered a collectable item according to Record Collector Magazine (Issue c. 1992). The band recorded a B-side, "Hold On" which was their last work with Conder.[2]

Jimmy Page produced their first single and co-produced their second release with Glyn Johns. They are featured on Hip Young Guitar Slinger and other reissues of 1960s British rock. A compilation of their work was issued in 1996 under the name Reflections.

They backed John Bromley on his only album.

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Discography

Singles

  • 1965 - "Moondreams" (Petty) / "Wait For Me" (Page) - (Immediate IM 20)
  • 1966 - "Circles" (Townshend) / "So Come On" - (Immediate IM 32)
  • 1966 - "Mud In Your Eye" / "I've Been Trying" - (Polydor 56124)
  • 1967 - "I Can See A Light" / "Prodigal Son 1967" - (Polydor 56200)
  • 1968 - "Gong With The Luminous Nose" / "Hammer Head" - (Polydor 56251)
  • 1968 - "Stop Crossing The Bridge" / "Brick by Brick" - (Atlantic 584 193)
  • 1969 - "You're Just A Liar" / "One City Girl" - (Atlantic 584 243)

Compilation albums

  • 1991 - Les Fleurs de Lys (FDL 1005)
  • 1996 - Reflections (Blueprint BP256CD)

EPs

  • 2009 - The Two Sides of The Fleur De Lys EP (Acid Jazz AJX225S)

References

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