was a band from Northern Ireland
, noted for launching the careers of Henry McCullough
and Ernie Graham
, and for having Jimi Hendrix
play on, and produce, their only album.
Pop outfit The People
- who had evolved out of earlier band 'Tony & The Telstars' - featured singer Ernie Graham
(born Ernest Harold Graham, 14 June 1946, Belfast
), drummer Davy Lutton (born William David Lutton, 1946, Belfast
) and bassist Chris Stewart (born Eric Christopher Stewart, 1946, Belfast
, Co Antrim
), and had also included former Them
keyboard player Eric Wrixon
, They had contributed two songs to the February 1966 compilation album Ireland's Greatest Sounds: Five Top Groups From Belfast's Maritime Club
. In mid-1966 a "browned-off" Eric Wrixon announced the band were moving to England: "We hope it's forever... Nowhere, but nowhere, could be worse than Belfast."
At the time they were using a stand-in guitarist and hoping to recruit Billy Harrison (ex-Them). Very soon afterwards Wrixon defected to another Belfast group resident on the... Read More