Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The Allusions & The Rayders - Same (1967) & Rack Raid With The Rayders (1965)

The Allusions was an Australian quintet based in Sydney, New South Wales formed in late 1965. Its members were drawn from several other accomplished Sydney groups, and boasted four singers. Their leader, singer/guitarist/composer Mike Morris (9), had previously played with Dennis & The Dellawares; Terry Hearne had been the bassist in popular instrumental group The Dave Bridge Trio. Terry Chapman (2) and Kevin Hughes (5) had both been members of the early 1960's Sydney surf band The Midnighters (3). Terry Chapman quit the band in July 1966, not long before their third single was recorded. Chapman's replacement was Bruce Davis (4), who had worked with Morris in The Dellawares. Mike Morris left the band in late 1967, and he was replaced by John Spence (7). The Allusions continued as a four-piece until October 1968, when Terry Hearne quit to join Digger Revell's backing band. Mike Morris then rejoined, to raise money for an overseas trip, but by this time the momentum of their early success had dissipated, and in the face of changing trends they split for good in early 1969. Artist John Shaw (10) is recorded as a vocalist and playing piano and organ but his exact tenure with the band is unclear. 

It didn’t do Auckland beat group The Seakers any harm to include "Ray" in their name, as they did in 1965 when they became The Rayders to avoid a clash with Australian pop-folk quartet The Seekers.

Ray Columbus and The Invaders had stunned the Australasian pop world with ‘She’s A Mod’ the year before. The Rayders had a legitimate claim to the name in drummer Ray Mullholland, who with guitarist Owen ‘Danny’ Campbell, bass player Lyndsay Mullholland and guitarist Brian McCarthy captured a typical beat/R&B set for release on Auckland’s Zodiac Records as Platterrack Raid With The Rayders.
An ill-fated 1965 trip to Sydney foundered when the club they were to be resident at burned to the ground. Returning to Auckland, they won a resident spot at The Galaxie Ballroom, before moving to Hamilton in 1966 to play The Three Musicians club on Victoria street. Wrote Simon Grigg, "The band's star was fading a little by this stage and they moved from Auckland to Hamilton, which must be one of the oddest career moves of all time." While in Hamilton, The Rayders picked up The Mods’ bass player Kevin McNeil, and released two singles, including the storming Who-influenced ‘Working Man’ sung by Campbell. Clive Coulson, formerly of The Dark Ages, joined that year, and sang on the single ‘It's All Over Now Baby Blue’. 
But The Rayders split at the end of 1966. 

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