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Carl Wayne (1943-2004)

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Carl Wayne, the lead singer of influential 1960s pop group the Move, has died at the age of 61. He had hits with songs such as “Flowers in the Rain” – the first song to be played on BBC Radio 1 when it began in 1967 – and achieved major success with a series of Top 10 hits that included “I Can Hear The Grass Grow”, “Blackberry Way”, “Curly”, “Fire Brigade” and “Night Of Fear”.

Wayne died peacefully at home on Tuesday morning after battling cancer. He was born on 18 August 1943 in Dudley Road Hospital, Birmingham.

After the Move, and a varied solo career, he enjoyed success with the Hollies, joining them in 2000. Their drummer Bobby Elliot said, “Carl was one of the music business’s great characters. He was a fearless performer and a powerhouse singer. It has been an honour to work with him. I shall remember his five years with The Hollies with great pride and affection.”

Carl had a great voice, and if you’ve never heard the Move’s Shazam album, you’ve missed perhaps the best sounding rock LP before Who’s Next. While his departure made room for Jeff Lynne (and the eventual development of ELO), Carl Wayne’s two albums with the group provide evidence of one of the best British bands never to make an impact in the USA.

More infornation and links to Carl Wayne and Move websites.

Some nice tributes here, as well.

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  • In a nutshell, the founding members were Roy Wood, Bev Bevan, Carl Wayne, Trevor Burton and Ace Kefford. Ace nearly became a Syd Barrett style casualty, and Trevor Burton also left before the second album. So, Rick Price came aboard to play bass on Shazam. Then Carl Wayne left to pursue a cabaret career, and Jeff Lynne was recruited from the Idle Race for Looking On. Rick Price couldn’t afford to do nothing as the band became a studio project, so he wasn’t around for the recording of Message From The Country, a few final Move singles (collected on the US Split Ends LP) and the first Electric Light Orchestra album.

    The original 5 piece band recorded the Something Else from the Move live EP at the Marquee. The Wayne, Wood, Price and Bevan group did a three show tour of the USA after Shazam was released, and a CD from the Fillmore West gig is planned. (“Scheduled” is a difficult word to apply to anything Roy Wood is involved in these days.) I’ve been waiting for a clean copy of the opener from that concert, the Nazz’s “Open My Eyes” since hearing a muffled and noisy tape thirty years ago…

  • Eric Olsen

    thanks Dave, sad but very interesting: I didn’t know there WAS a Move without Jeff Lynne. When did Roy Wood come in?