"Without doubt, it was The
Beatles, The Stones and The Move in that order in England" - Tony Secunda
The Move have rock band credentials that speak for themselves. They can boast being the first band to be played on Radio 1, and have toured alongside The Who and Jimi Hendrix. Without doubt, The Move are one of Britain's most respected bands, having had numerous hit records over the last 30 years including classics such as Flowers In The Rain and Blackberry Way. Minus Roy Wood, but still featuring original members Trevor Burton and Bev Bevan.
The Move, from Birmingham, England, were one of the leading British rock bands
of the 1960s. They scored nine Top 20 UK singles in five years, but were among
the most popular British bands not to find any success in the United States.
Although bassist-vocalist Chris "Ace" Kefford was the original leader, for most
of their career The Move was led by guitarist, singer and songwriter Roy Wood.
He composed all the group's UK singles and, from 1968, also sang lead vocals on
many songs, although Carl Wayne was the main lead singer up to 1970. Initially
the band had 4 main vocalists (Wayne, Wood, Trevor Burton and Kefford) who split
the lead vocals on a number of their earlier songs.
The group evolved from several mid-1960s Birmingham based groups, including Carl Wayne and the Vikings, the Nightriders and the Mayfair Set. The group's name referred to the move various members of these bands made to form the group. Beside Wood, the original five-piece line-up of The Move in 1965 was drummer Bev Bevan, bassist Kefford, vocalist Carl Wayne and guitarist Trevor Burton. The final line-up of 1972 was the trio of Wood, Bevan and Jeff Lynne, who transitioned the group into the Electric Light Orchestra. Since 2007, Burton and Bevan have been performing as 'The Move featuring Bev Bevan and Trevor Burton'.
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