Thursday, February 12, 2009

Market Harborough's place in Scottish rock history

Last month I wrote about what Dire Straits owed to Market Harborough. But according to an intriguing snippet on the Scotsman website, the town played a part in Scottish rock history too:

January 1963 ...

The Mark Five, featuring Manny Charlton who later plays in Nazareth, walk from Edinburgh to London, hitching a ride whenever photographers were not present. The walk is a publicity stunt to protest about the lack of record companies coming to Scotland to see Scottish bands, and a ploy to demand a record deal.

They are met in Market Harborough by a record company executive and offered a contract. The Mark Five release a version of the Isley Brothers' Tango but are soon dropped by the label.

There is a little more on the FAME website in a recent article about Nazareth.

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