Sunday, March 01, 2015

Eclection: Nevertheless

Eclection were a short-lived Sixties band, perhaps most notable for the fact that Joni Mitchell suggested its name and for what its members went on to do.

Trevor Lucas and Gerry Conway formed Fotheringay with Lucas' girlfriend (and later wife) Sandy Denny.

Perhaps more unexpectedly, Georg Hultgreen was later known as Georg Kajanus, and enjoyed chart success in the mid-1970s with the much poppier Sailor - a sort of very poor man's Roxy Music.

As to Eclection themselves, Rob Young in his Electric Eden describes them as "a fairly pedestrian beat group with shades of Jefferson Airplane or The Byrds". Others have compared them to The Mamas & the Papas.

There is another parallel to be made, particularly because several of the band's members came originally from Australia.

That is The Seekers. They are largely overlooked now, but they were hugely popular in Britain in their day.

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