This article is about the UK band.
Also known as The Chaps, The Rally Rounders, The Six Shooters, The Admirals
Origin London, England
Genres Instrumental rock, pop
Years active 1960–1965
Associated acts Joe Meek (producer)
Past members Chas Hodges
Edward Watson Ray (Biffo) Byhart rhythm guitar.
The Outlaws were an English instrumental band that recorded in the early 1960s.[One-time members included Chas Hodges, ( bass ) , (born Charles Nicholas Hodges in 1943), Bobby Graham (born Robert Francis Neate in 1940), Ken Lundgren, Ritchie Blackmore (born Richard Hugh Blackmore in 1945), Mick Underwood (born Michael John Underwood, 1945), Reg Hawkins (born Reginald Hawkins, in 1942), Billy Kuy (born William John Kuy Jnr., 12 December 1940) and others.
Their name was originally conceived by Joe Meek (born Robert George Meek in 1929), who needed a backing group for Mike Berry's "Set Me Free" in 1960 , after , according to Meek Biographer , John Repsch , Meek had fired Berry's original backing group , The Statesmen . After that recording, they continued being one of the house bands of his recording studio at 304 Holloway Road, London. As such, they were used for recordings, demos and auditions. Many of their songs were written by Meek, and credited to one or other of his pseudonyms, either Robert Duke or Peter Jacobs; the latter of which he used on The Outlaws' "Shake with Me".
They appeared as themselves in the 1963 British film, Live It Up!.
In addition to featuring on three hit singles backing Mike Berry (born Michael Hubert Bourne in 1942), they also recorded singles in their own right. One of these , ' Bike Beat ' , for Raleigh Bicycle Company , ( see below ) , even had dance instructions created especially for it , printed on the picture sleeve , with bicycle references : "Grab a girl at random , make like a tandem " .
In 1990 , all of their 1960's singles were issued on ' The Outlaws Ride Again ( the Singles A's and B's ) ' , on the See For Miles Label , SEE CD 303 .Catelo
Dream of the West (HMV, December 1961)
Re-released , with additional tracks :- Swingin' Low; Valley of the Sioux; Crazy Drums: and John Leyton and Mike Berry recordings :'Dream of the West The Outlaws ' : Coronet CCD2002, in 2012.
Ty To Original Sharer
"I hope for nothing, I fear nothing, I am free"