Donald's Encyclopedia of Popular Music
Blues-based UK pop band formed in Liverpool '60 as the Nomads, then followed the Beatles playing at the Cavern, other local venues: vocalist Stu James (b 14 July '45), bassist Keith Alcock (b 3 Oct. '44), guitarist Nicky Crouch (b 9 Feb. '43), Terry O'Toole on keyboards (b 20 Dec. '41), drummer Bob Conrad (b 14 Aug. '44). Signed during Merseybeat boom, enjoyed biggest hit "Everything's Alright' in top 10 '64, minor hits incl. "Seven Daffodils', written by Lee Hays of the Weavers. Toured with Dave Clark, Rolling Stones; like many lesser groups faded when the fad burst. Appeared in pop film Every Day's A Holiday '65 with Freddie And The Dreamers, persevered until '67; personnel briefly incl. Aynsley Dunbar on drums and bassist Lewis Collins (b '46), who switched to acting and found fame in TV's The Professionals '70s. David Bowie covered their hit in Pin-Ups '73.