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Crazy Cavan & The Rhythm Rockers
Date of Publication -11 January 2010
Submitted by: officialcrazycavanfa
Copyrights: Crazy Cavan
Category: Modern Bands
Country: UK
Band/Artist Website: http://www.crazycavan.com

History

It was during the early sixties that the popularity of Rock 'n' Roll music was at it's lowest. 1960 saw the media pushing sloppy Bobbie and Frankie type crap and watered down Elvis look-alikes, etc., until the explosion of the Liverpool Beat groups came and everything.

Amongst teenagers at this time, to mention even the words "rock 'n'roll", brought scorn. (Ironic really, when you consider that even the Beatles and the Rolling Stones relied on Chuck Berry songs). Teddy Boys were labelled along with the Greasers and the Ton-up boys as "Rockers" for their love of the 50's Rock 'n' roll music, which by now was considered out-dated. If you went to a dance you saw only beatgroups playing the charthits of the time. So if you was an "oddball" who still loved real wild Rock 'n' Roll - it was impossible to find. The answer, as far as five teenage Teddy Boys from Newport, South Wales, were oncerned, was to play it themselves.
"Crazy" Cavan Grogan started out as "Screamin' Count Dracula & the Vampires", along with Lyndon Needs, Terry Walley and Gerald Bishop. Although they loved doing those first early gigs, the band was short-lived due to their young ages and no one having a driving licence. It was a good start though and encouraged by those who went to see them, they knew that, despite the bastard media who wouldn't play it, Rock 'n' Roll wasn't dead and forgotten, and there were still thousands of kids out there who hadn't even heard of Jerry Lee Lewis, Gene Vincent or Johnny Burnette.

Cavan's sound was first heard of as far back as 1964, when cavan Grogan, Lyndon Needs and Terry Walley decided to form a group which at first was called "Count Dracula and the Vampires" and later for a short time was known as "The Sundogs". In 1968 Cavan, Lyndon and Terry teamed up with wild boogie piano player Brian Thomas and bass player Don Kinsella, as "The Sundogs". They were soon knockin' 'em dead in the local clubs. Cavan and the boys were out 'n' out Rock 'n' Roll fans before anything! They played the music because they loved it and not because it was the "in thing".

They got 'Crazy' Cavan Grogan; a dynamic, mean-looking and rubber-legged singer with the longest pair of drainpipes in the business. Lyndon Needs, fresh from school and the guitar shop; ready to play all the flashy leads, and if you gave him an inch of stage he'd leap miles in every direction. Terry Walley, who doffed a rhythm guitar and a cowboy hat and hasn't been seen without either since.

Mike Coffey, a tubs man with a fearful backbeat; who, you might be forgiven for thinking, learned to play drum by sinking piles in Cardiff dockyard single- handed. And, of course, a Mr. Bassman. First it was Don Kinsella, a powerful anchor for six years. Now new boy Graham Price (a fully paid-up Welshman) has slotted in neatly as the four-string backman. A source of inspiration at that time was when Newport Rock 'n' Roll fan, and editor of "Boppin News", "Breathless" Dan Coffey, who had for some time been shipping hundreds of rare, mostly unreleased, and uptill then unheard of Rockabilly records out of the USA into Newport.

When in 1970 this band was joined by Don Kinsella and Mike Coffey it was the start of "Crazy Cavan and the Rhythm Rockers". For four years they build up fame as a semi- professional unit, playing their own music, which, influenced by rockabilly, rock 'n' roll and country music, became known as "crazy rhythm". By the end of 1973 they had acquired a large following and there was increasing demand for a record by the group. It all resulted in the release of a single and an EP on their own label "Crazy Rhythm".The demand far exceeded the supply, however, and very soon these records became collector's items. Even though they did not perform in many countries, fans from everywhere responded to their music.

To reach more people, the band decided to become fully professional and soon bookings flowed in thick and fast. March 1975 stands as a landmark in their development, for then they were top of the bill at the famous "Lyceum" in London, England. Fans from all over often travelled hundreds of miles to this concert, which turned out to be an enormous succes.

Thursday, February 26, 1976: Crazy Cavan 'n' The Rhythm Rockers with faint, nervous smiles on their faces shuffle awkwardly into the Finsbury Park office of their manager, Lee Allan. They congregate in a small room on the first floor, which looks over the noon bustle of the Seven Sisters Road traffic.

Today the band will sign their first major British recording contract with Charly Records.

John Schroeder, their producer who previously worked with Status Quo, is already in the room. He's a quiet, softly spoken gentleman with collar length white hair, and he wears a leather suit. Bleary greetings are mumbled while the band push wooden chairs into a cluttered, tight semi-circle. Then they sit down and nervously wait for their Big Moment. Charly's Chief, Joop Visser, the guy who snatched up the British rights to Hank Mizell's 'Jungle Rock' from the King catalogue, places himself next to the group. On a desk is a thick pile of contracts.

There's an air of nervous anticipation. Muffled Welsh voices idly pass the time of day. Feet scratch over the floorboards while fingers drum relentlessly on knees. Deliberate smiles of reassurance are passed between the band like comics in a dentist's waiting room. Then Lee scoops up the contracts and begins to explain the terms of the deal.

'I think they're the most dramatic band in the country' Joop proudly states.

He'd seen them headlining at the Strand Lyceum, and on numerous other occasions in pubs and clubs throughout the country. He was impressed.

Cavan Grogan is an evil looking dude with a strong, powerful vocal; Lyndon Needs, a fresh faced young fella, leg splits and slides all over the stage while snapping out dazzlingly effective lead licks; Terry Walley (rhythm), Don Kinsella (bass) and Mike Coffey (drums) quietly position themselves behind the two front men, firmly laying down steady rhythms. Their style is simple and direct, influenced by Rockabilly, Country and Rock 'n' Roll, but interpreted by the individual musicians to create a unique musical form which they describe as Crazy Rhythm. Joop has been known to Bop at their gigs. Hopefully, John comments, I can bring out a lot more in them than has been found. The problem I have is to take this group, who're very good live with all the atmosphere and excitement, and transfer that into a studio and capture it on a record. And at the same time produce a commercial record that isn't offensive to their fans. Broaden their appeal without destroying what they are.

One by one the band sign on the dotted line. Lee continually pacifying their last minute qualms.

Pop! Pop!

The bubbly's poured into waiting cups. The Welsh voices rise with cheerful relief. Photos are snapped. Hands shaken. Then somebody passes round a bowl of peanuts. Now that's got to be a joke, coz Crazy Cavan 'n' The Rhythm Rockers are on their way! Perhaps to the top?

Discography

45s
1973
1974
1976
1976
1976
1976
1976
1977
1977
1977
1979
1979
1980
1980
1980
1980
1980
1980
1981
1981
1981
1981
1981
1984
1996
1996
1996
Teddy Boy Boogie/ Bop Little Baby
Teddy Boy Rock 'n' Roll EP
Knock! Knock / Get Yourself a Band
Knock! Knock / Get Yourself a Band
Knock! Knock / Get Yourself a Band
Sweet Litle Pretty Thing / Stompin Shoes
Sweet Litle Pretty Thing / Stompin Shoes
My Little Sister Gotta Motorbike / Teddy Jive
My Little Sister Gotta Motorbike / Teddy Jive
Boppin 'n' Shakin EP
My Little Sister Gotta Motorbike / Teddy Jive
Boppin 'n' Shakin
Knock! Knock / Get Yourself a Band
Knock! Knock / Get Yourself a Band (Reissue)
My Little Sister Gotta Motorbike / Teddy Jive (Reissue)
Boppin 'n' Shakin EP (Reissue)
Stompin Shoes / Tongue Tied Jill
Rockabilly Rules OK! / Both Wheels Left The Ground
Rockabilly Rules OK / Trouble Trouble
Flip Flop And Fly / Pins And Needles
I'll Be There / Johnny's Gone Walking
Put A Light In The Window / Crazy Little Teddy Girl
I'll Be There EP
Taking Care Of My Home / Tear Out My Soul
Rock To The Rhythm / Wake Me Up
Put A Light In The Window / Crazy Little Teddy Girl
Whatcha Gonna Do / Tennesee Border
Crazy Rhythm
Crazy Rhythm
Charly
Charly
Bellaphon
Charly
CNR
Charly
Bellaphon
Charly
Charly/Auvi
Charly/Auvi
Polarvox
Charly
Charly
Charly
Charly/Auvi
Polarvox
Charly
Charly/Auvi
Polarvox
Polydor
Big Beat
Virgin
Crazy Rhythm
Pollytone
King - Ed
CR01
CR02 (EP)
CS1010
2097206
BF18473
CS1021
144535
CS1026
BF18552
CEP118 (EP)
10-2025
1039
RPS132
CYS1010
CYS1026
CEP118(EP)
10-2096
LJS101
CYS1076
SICH258
OY RPS136
200215
BBR0012 (EP)
SA1030
CR03
PEP 102
7-08
UK
UK
UK
France
Germany
UK
Holland
UK
Germany
UK
Spain
Spain
Finland
UK
UK
UK
Spain
Finland
UK
Spain
Finland
Germany
France
France
UK
UK
Germany

LPs
1975
1975
1976
1976
1976
1976
1977
1977
1977
1977
1977
1977
1978
1978
1978
1978
1978
1978
1978
1978
1978
1979
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1979
1980
1980
1980
1980
1980
1981
1981
1981
1981
1981
1981
1981
1982
1982
1982
1982
1982
1983
1983
1984
1985
1985
1986
1987
1987
1987
1988
1988
1988
1988
1988
1988
1988
1989
1990
1990
1993
1996

Crazy Rhythm
Crazy Rhythm
Rockability
Rockability
Rockability
Rockability
Our Own Way Of Rockin'
Our Own Way Of Rockin'
Our Own Way Of Rockin'
Our Own Way Of Rockin'
Our Own Way Of Rockin'
Crazy Rhythm
Crazy Rhythm
Crazy Rhythm
Crazy Rhythm
Rockability
Live At The Rainbow
Live At The Rainbow
Live At The Rainbow
Live At The Rainbow
Red Hot'N'Rockabilly
Red Hot'N'Rockabilly
Live At The Rainbow
Our Own Way Of Rockin'
Best Of Crazy Cavan
Still Crazy
Still Crazy
Still Crazy
Crazy Rhythm
Crazy Rhythm
Rockability
Our Own Way Of Rockin'
Mr Cool (Still Crazy)
Mr Cool (Still Crazy)
Mr Cool (Still Crazy)
Live At The Rainbow
Teddy Jive
Cool and Crazy Rockabilly
Cool and Crazy Rockabilly
Cool and Crazy Rockabilly
Cool and Crazy Rockabilly
Teddy Jive
Hey Teenager!
Live At Pickets Lock
Live At Pickets Lock
Rollin' Through The Night
Live At The Rainbow
Live At The Rainbow
Rollin' Through The Night
Red Hot'N'Rockabilly
Rockability
Cool and Crazy Rockabilly
Rockability
Crazy Rhythm
Our Own Way Of Rockin'
Our Own Way Of Rockin'
Red Hot'N'Rockabilly
Mr Cool (Still Crazy)
Best Of Crazy Cavan (Double LP)
Rough Tough'N'Ready
Crazy Times (Double LP)
Crazy Times (Double LP)
The Way It Was (1968-1972)
It's Wild It's Weird It's Crazy
Rockhouse
Rockhouse
Charly
Bellaphon
Polydor
Marilla
Marilla
Charly
Bellaphon
Polydor
Cnsweesp
Rockhouse
Charly/Auvi
Charly
Bellaphon
Charly/Auvi
Charly
Bellaphon
Charly/Auvi
Marilla
Charly
Charly
Charly
Charly/Auvi
Marilla
Crazy Rhythm
Polarvox OY
Big Beat
Charly
Rockhouse
Charly
Charly
Charly
Charly/Auvi
Oxford
Oxford
Charly
Polarvox OY
Big Beat
Big Beat
Edigsa
Charly/Auvi
Big Beat
Charly/Auvi
Charly/Auvi
Big Beat/Virgin
CSE
CSE
Big Beat/Marconi
Charly
Charly
Big Beat/Marconi
Zafiro/Serdisco
Rockhouse
Zafiro/Serdisco
Zafiro/Serdisco
Zafiro/Serdisco
Zafiro/Serdisco
Big Beat/Pathe
Crazy Rhythm
Instant
Zafiro/Serdisco
Crazy Rhythm
Crazy Rhythm
7510
AZ12432
CRL5001
BBS2518
2445210
MALP1014
CRL 5004
CR3016
CR3027
2933214
651020
7510
77-CR603
CR30156
BBS2545
77-CH26
CR30139
CR3027
77-2052
MALP1019
CR30174
CR30174
CR30139
77-CH15
MALP1036
CRLP01
LJLP1001
BB808
CR30156
7510
CRL5001
CRL5004
CR30203
L7CH256
3223
?????
CFM101
LJLP1005
BBR1007
BBR0020
17LO325
CFM40014
BBR1012
CFM103
CFM105
703122
ES180
30100180
703122
CR30174
CRL5001
?????
30112196
7510
30112193
30112193
30112210
30112209
MA 516591
CRLP02
INSD5029
30512655
CRLP03
CRLP04
Holland
France
UK
Germany
France
Sweden
Sweden
UK
Germany
France
Holland
Holland
Spain
UK
Germany
Spain
UK
Germany
Spain
Sweden
UK
UK
UK
Spain
Sweden
UK
Finland
France
UK
Holland
UK
UK
UK
Spain
Italy
Italy
France
Finland
France
France
Spain
Italy
France
France
France
France
Spain
Spain
France
UK
France
France
Spain
Holland
Spain
Spain
Spain
Spain
France
UK
EEC
Spain
UK
UK

CDs
1988
1989
1990
1990
1990
1991
1991
1993
1996
1996
1999
1999
2000
2001
2001
2002
2002
2003
2003
2003
2004
2006
2008
2008
Best of Crazy Cavan
Best of Crazy Cavan (Double Album)
Crazy Times
Rough Tough'N'Ready
Crazy Rhythm (Inc. 2 Unreleased Tracks)
Hey! Teenager
Rollin' Through The Night
The Way It Was (1968-1972)
Rockabilly In Paris
It's Wild It's Weird It's Crazy
Hey! Teenager (Reissue)
Rollin' Through The Night (Reissue)
Still Crazy (Alternative Version)
Rhythm Rockiní Blues (Feat. Linda Gail Lewis)
Crazy Rhythm (Inc. 2 Unreleased Tracks)
Rockabillity
Our Own Way Of Rockin'
Cool And Crazy Rockabilly
Live At Pickets Lock
Wildest Cats In Town
Rough Tough'N'Ready
The Way It Was (With Unreleased Tracks)
Crazy Rhythm ( With 30 Various Tracks)
C'Mon Let's F***in Rock
Big Beat
Big Beat
Instant
Music/Disc DCA
Rockhouse
Music/Disc DCA
Music/Disc DCA
Music/Disc DCA
Big Beat
Crazy Rhythm
Crazy Rhythm
Crazy Rhythm
Crazy Rhythm
Crazy Rhythm
Crazy Rhythm
Crazy Rhythm
Crazy Rhythm
Crazy Rhythm
Teddy Boy Power
Raucous
Crazy Rhythm
Crazy Rhythm
Snapper
Crazy Rhythm
7904102
2516582
INSD5029
107072
CD7510
107332
107342
110022
BBR00040
CRCD 01
CRCD O3R
CRCD O4R
CRCD 05R
CRCD 07
CRCD 06R
CRCD 08
CRCD 09
CRCD 10
TB1
125
CRCD 11
CRCD 12
SRoll CD 819x
CRCD 13
France
France
EEC
France
Holland
France
France
France
France
UK
UK
UK
UK
UK
UK
UK
UK
UK
Spain
UK
UK
UK
UK
UK



Compilation Solo
1983
1998

Rockfile II (Lyndon Needs * 1 Track)
Friday Nite Rumble Vol 2 (Lyndon Needs * 1 Track)

Magnum Force
Run Wild

MFM015
RW904

UK
USA

Compilation LPs No. Tracks
1976
1978
1978
1979
1979
1979
1980
1980
1980
1980
1980
1980
1981
1981
1981
1981
1981
1981
1981
1981
1981
1981
1981
1981
1981
1982
1984
1984
1984
1985
1985
1987
1987
1989
1990
1994

Rock'N'Roll Is Still Alive
Rockabilly Rules Ok!
Rockabilly Rules Ok!
Best Of British Rockabillies
Best Of British Rockabillies
The Best Of British Rockabilly
Rock'N'Roll Is Still Alive
The Great British Rock'N'Roll Rockabilly Album
The Great British Rock'N'Roll Rockabilly Album
The Great British Rock'N'Roll Rockabilly Album
Rockabilly Forever
Rockabilly Story
Big Beat Records
The Big Beat Show
Great British Rock'N'Roll Rockabilly Album V2
The Great British Rockabilly (Double Album)
Rockabilly Revolution
Just Go Wild Over Rock'N'Roll
Rockabilly Dynamite
Rockabilly Dynamite
Rockabilly Dynamite
Rockabilly Dynamite
Rockabilly Festival
Rockabilly Dynamite II
Shake It
Bop'N'Roll Party (Double Album)
Rockabilly Rebels
Rockabilly Rebels
This Is Rock'N'Roll (4 LP's Box Set)
24 Rock'N'Roll Houseshakers
Rock'N'Roll Gold (Double LP)
Neo-Rockabilly Story Vol. 2
Rockin' 80's
Rock'N'Roll Stars
Neo-Rockabilly Story Vol. 7
Rock'N'Roll& Rockabilly Country Jamboree

6
2
2
2
2
3
6
2
2
2
4
3
1
1
2
4
2
1
1
2
2
2
1
2
2
6
2
2
2
1
?
1
5
3
1
3
Charly
Charly
Bellaphon
Charly
Rockhouse
Tonpress
Charly
RCA
RCA
RCA
Polarvox Oy
K-Tel
Big Beat
Big Beat
RCA
RCA
Carrere
Rockhouse
Bellaphon
Astan
Polarvox
Hafenklang
Polarvox Oy
Astan
Intercord
Big Beat
Pickwick
Pickwick
Innovative
Warwick
Cambra
Rockhouse
Blau
Big Beat/EMI
Rock House
Part
CRL5002
CR30138
CR3026
CRM2002
LPM7901
SX-T20
CRL5002
INTS5042
NL25305
NL25305
LJLP1002
TS4095
BBR0000
BBR1000
INTS5102
NL25366
67803
LPM8101
250 07 009
201026
LJLP 1003
LC7249
LJLP 1008
201027
INT145054
BBR1004/5
SHM 3147
HSC3147
IMP0100
WW2002
CR5155
LPM8706
AO36
7904082
LPM9008
LP350.001
UK
UK
Germany
UK
Holland
Poland
UK
UK
France
Holland
Finland
Finland
France
France
UK
France
France
Holland
Germany
Germany
Finland
Germany
Finland
Germany
Germany
France
UK
France
UK
UK
UK
Holland
Spain
France
Holland
Germany
Compilation CDs No. Tracks
1988
1988
1989
1991
1992
1993
1993
1993
1994
1994
1995
2000
2001
2008
2008
Rock'N'Roll Greats
Jukebox Rock'N'Roll Collection
Rock'N'Roll Stars
Best of British Rockabillies
Neo-Rockabilly Story Part 2
Rock'N'Roll Around The Turn Of The Century
Teddyboy Rock'N'Roll
British Best Rock'N'Rollers
Teddyboy Rock'N'Roll Vol 2
Rock'N'Roll & Rockabilly Country Jamboree
Teddyboy Rock'N'Roll The Next Chapter
Great British Rock'N'Roll& Rockabilly Vol 2
Big Lake Run RíNíR Jamboree 2001
Bike'n'Leathers - Rockin at the Ace
When Rockabilly Ruled OK
2
2
3
2
1
1
1
1
1
3
1
2
5
2
2
Pickwick
Big Beat/EMI
Big Beat/EMI
Rockhouse
Rockhouse
Rockhouse
Pollytone
Rockhouse
Pollytone
Part
Pollytone
Raucous
Big Lake Run
Cherry Pie
Cherry Pie
PWK056
CDN6
7904082
ROCKCD9124
ROCKCD9208
ROCKCD9308
PEPCD104
ROCKCD9302
PEPCD107
CD650.001
PEPCD112
RAUCD067
BLRCD1002
CR PIE 003
CR PIE 004
UK
France
France
Holland
Holland
Holland
UK
Holland
UK
Germany
UK
UK
Sweden
UK
UK


Band Members


Cavan Grogan - Vocals
Lyndon Needs - Guitars
Terry Walley - Guitars
Graham Price - Guitars
Mike Coffey - Drums

Discography



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12 January 2010
Comment by stevenworsfold

you cant go wrong if you hirer this band you no that you will fill a hall, great band,and still touring, all the very best to them....

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