Friday, June 01, 2018

Gene Latter And The Shake Spears ‎– Summertime (196?)

Label:Sounds Superb – 4M034-62069
Format:Vinyl, LP, Album 

Gene Latter was an ex-boxer born in Cardiff, Wales, to Arabic parents. His real name was Arthur Ford, and he came from South William Street, Butetown. He had been a member of a local band called "The Alley Cats" before leaving to seek out his fortune in London. There he met the group "The Shake Spears", who were quite popular in Belgium at the time, and became their vocalist. He stayed with the band from early 1965 to Feb. 1966, and in 1968 recorded a 45 with an outfit called "Gene Latter & the Detours". He then started a solo career and released a number of 45s until the early 1980s.

The Shake Spears originated in Northern Rhodesia (which became Zambia in 1964). Original line up: Chris Kritzinger, Johnny Kreuger, Perry Jordaan and Calvin Coleman. Later members were Alan Escombe-Wolhuter, Gene Latter, Ron Patton, Brian, Chris Stone, and others. After the Shake Spears disbanded, Escombe and Stone formed the prog rock group Fynn McCool.

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