Sunday, March 09, 2008
St Louis Union: English Tea
This Sunday's video is taken from that seminal 1966 movie The Ghost Goes Gear. Most of the acts featured in the film, apart from the Spencer Davis Group, are pretty ordinary, but the St Louis Union are really rather good. Groovy mod sounds.
St Louis Union were a Manchester band who had already enjoyed a top 20 hit with the Beatles' song "Girl". They had also won the 1965 Melody Maker National Beat Contest, beating - amongst many other groups - something called The Pink Floyd from Cambridge.
And, yes, that is Nicholas Parsons at the start of the clip. The other actor is Jack Haig, later to be a stalwart ("It is I, Leclerc") of 'Allo 'Allo.
Later. The original clip has disappeared and sadly the replacement does not have Parsons and Haig at the start.
Even later. And now there is no clip from the film at all.