Donald's Encyclopedia of Popular Music
UK R&B singer from Southend who began in that town's burgeoning R&B scene '63 with the Orioles, second most popular local group after the Paramounts (who later went progressive and became Procul Harum). Jupp on piano and vocals with Dougie Shedrake (guitar), Ada Baggerley (bass), Tony Diamond (drums) had repertoire of standards like "Money' and "Wrong Yo-Yo'. By '65 a new lineup of Bob Clouter (drums), John Bobin (bass), Mo Witham (guitar) was equally unsuccessful at finding a record deal despite local fame, and soon split. Off the scene for three years (allegedly because of marital problems), he returned to Southend and formed Legend with Steve Geare, bass; Chris East, guitar; Nigel Dunbar, drums; made three LPs of easy-going R&B, mostly self- composed: acoustic/bluesy Legend '69, Red Boot Album '71, Moonshine '72; best of last two albums plus singles compiled in Mickey Jupp's Legend '78 on Stiff, for which lineup had reverted to Bobin, Witham and (on last LP) Clouter. Success of Southend groups Dr Feelgood (who later covered his "Down At The Doctors' for a UK hit) and Kursaal Flyers (likewise "Cross Country', but no hit), he returned '75 to live work on London pub circuit, record deal with Stiff: Juppanese '78 had Dave Edmunds' Rockpile on one side, session players under ex-Paramount Gary Brooker on the other. He struggled to find consistency on a variety of labels with little reward (though popular in Europe) with different producers: Godley & Creme for Long Distance Romancer '79, Sutherland Bros for Oxford '80, Francis Rossi (Status Quo) for Shampoo Haircut & Shave '83); Some People Can't Dance '82 yielded "Joggin'', used as theme for London Marathon and apt description of easy-going career. Other songs covered by Searchers, Nick Lowe, others; those who passed through bands incl. Bill Fifield, once Legend drummer (on Red Boot) who adopted name Bill Legend in joining T. Rex, Bob Fish (later Darts) in '75 band, girl singer Joy Sarney (hit with "Naughty Naughty Naughty' UK '77).