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The Outlaws
Also known as The Chaps
The Rally Rounders
The Six Shooters
The Admirals
Origin London, England
Genres Instrumental rock and pop
Years active 1960-1965
Labels HMV
Associated acts Joe Meek (producer)
Ritchie Blackmore
Chas Hodges
Bobby Graham
Ken Lundgren
Mick Underwood
Reg Hawkins
Billy Kuy
Roger Mingay

The Outlaws were an English instrumental band that recorded in the early 1960s.[1] One time members included Ritchie Blackmore, Chas Hodges, Bobby Graham, Ken Lundgren, Mick Underwood, Reg Hawkins, Billy Kuy and others.[1]

Their name was originally conceived by Joe Meek, who needed a backing group for Mike Berry's "Set Me Free" in 1960.[1] After that recording, they continued being one of the house bands of his recording studio at 304 Holloway Road, London. As such, they were used for recordings, demos and auditions. Many of their songs were written by Meek and credited to his pseudonym, Robert Duke. They appeared as themselves in the 1963 British film, Live It Up!.

In addition to featuring on three hit singles backing Mike Berry, they also recorded singles in their own right, see discography below.[2 ]





With the line-up : Billy Kuy, Bobby Graham, Chas Hodges, Reg Hawkins

  • "Swingin' Low" b/w "Spring is Near" (March 1961) - UK #46[2 ]
  • "Ambush" b/w "Indian Brave" (June 1961) - UK #43[2 ]
  • "Valley of the Sioux" b/w "Crazy Drums" (September 1961)

With the line-up : Ken Lundgren, Don Groom, Chas Hodges, Roger Mingay

  • "Ku-Pow!" b/w "Last Stage West" (February 1962)
  • "Sioux Serenade" b/w "Fort Knox" (September 1962)

With the line-up : Mick Underwood, Ken Lundgren, Chas Hodges, Ritchie Blackmore

  • "Poppin' Medley Part 1/2" as The Chaps (December 62) Parlophone R4979
  • "Return of The Outlaws" b/w "Texan Spiritual" (February 1963)
  • "That Set the Wild West Free" b/w "Hobo" (August 1963) (note: Underwood does not appear on "Hobo")
  • "The Bike Beat 1" b/w "The Bike Beat 2" as The Rally Rounders (1964) Lyntone LYN 574
  • "Law and Order" b/w "Do Da Day" (January 1964)
  • "Keep a Knockin'" b/w "Shake with Me" (April 1964)

With the line-up : Mick Underwood, Ken Lundgren, Chas Hodges, Harvey Hinsley

  • "Don't Cry" b/w "Only For You" (Thomas; Groom) (February 1965) [Note: United States only, vocal single, produced by Derek Lawrence. The b-side to this release features Mick Underwood, Nicky Hopkins, Chas Hodges, Ritchie Blackmore]


  • Dream of the West (HMV, December 1961)
    • "Dream of the West" / "The Outlaws" / "Husky Team" / "Rodeo" / "Smoke Signals" / "Ambush" / "Barbecue" / "Spring Is Near" / "Indian Brave" / "Homeward Bound" / "Western Sunset" / "Tune for Short Cowboys"

- Billy Kuy (lead guitar), Bobby Graham (drums), Chas Hodges (bass), Reg Hawkins (rhythm guitar).


  1. ^ a b c "Biography by Bruce Eder". Retrieved 7 March 2009.  
  2. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 412. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.  

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