Was in the drop zone, but has now dropped out

John Hughes pureneasy at tesco.net
Thu Sep 2 09:06:58 CDT 2004

A chance here for us to bring to the attention of other listers those
musicians and interesting persons who, to misphrase Roger Daltrey, were in
the drop zone, but have now dropped.

I was personally saddened to hear of the death of Carl Wayne, late singer of
the Move, because they were one of the few bands whose live show (I saw them
in 1968 or 68, my, how time flies) was very nearly the equal to the Who's -
and not because they smashed up tv's or cars on stage.

Ballsy, very LOUD rock and beautiful pop songs which I still bellow along to
in the car if they come on the radio.

Here's an obituary from a local newspaper on Carl Wayne

Wayne's world of pop charisma
By John Ogden
Sep 2, 2004, 12:11

It took a lot to match the charisma of Roy Wood, Ace Kefford and Trevor
Burton in the front line of The Move, but Carl Wayne, who died yesterday at
the age of 61, managed it with no trouble at all.

Seeing that band perform in their prime was one of the most thrilling rock
'n' roll experiences of the 1960s, and while the initially shy Roy Wood was
the musical inspiration in the group, "Charlie" was its dynamic leader on

He didn't need to smash up TVs to do it either, though he put an axe to many
a set as the group brought their act to a conclusion - earning yet more
extensive Press coverage. Stage presence alone made sure that once you'd
seen him you'd never forget the experience, and he also had the vocal
talents to cope with Wood's unusual and demanding songs.

For any rock fan in the Midlands, Carl Wayne's abiding memorial will be the
vision of him, Roy, Ace and Trevor advancing as one from the rear of the
stage (where the equally charismatic Bev Bevan reigned as drummer and bass
vocalist) back to the microphones after an instrumental break from Roy, to
renew the magnificent harmony vocals in which the band specialised.

All five were already big stars in the Midlands when they formed themselves
into a supergroup, under the auspices of manager Tony Secunda. But they had
to start all over again in tiny clubs such as Tettenhall Institute - though
such places managed to get them only once, before they became national

A lot of this was due to Secunda's ability to get them endless Press
coverage, whether dressing them as 1920s gangsters or 1960s flower children
(two more unforgettable images). But Carl, as front man, carried it off in
muscular style, also acting as a forthright spokesman for the band.

Most famously he bore the brunt when Secunda, unbeknown to the band,
circulated an obscene sketch of Prime Minister Harold Wilson and his
personal secretary, to publicise their third single, Flowers In The Rain.

The stunt, greeted by instant legal action from Wilson, had shocked the
entire band, but Carl trod the tricky line between apology and defiance in a
manner which Wilson's diplomats must have admired.

The irony was that by then they didn't even need such publicity. Flowers In
The Rain was chosen to launch the BBC's new venture, Radio 1, and they had
already had two Top 10 hits with Night Of Fear and I Can Hear The Grass

Inevitably, in a band featuring five front men, tensions soon became
apparent, and first Ace Kefford left the band, to be followed by Trevor
Burton. Carl stayed long enough to see the band get their only No 1,
Blackberry Way, at the beginning of 1969, but left after recording their
next single, Curly.

It was a disappointment to me when he then went into cabaret, but he proved
a pro through and through, never letting his new audiences down.

He married Crossroads icon "Miss Diane" - actress Sue Hanson - in 1974, and
under her inspiration graduated to theatre, TV and film, returning to rock
by joining The Hollies in the year 2000.

Carl last appeared on stage two weeks ago, battling his cancer to the last.

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