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SIMON DUPREE AND THE BIG SOUND
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Simon Dupree and the Big Sound were a British pop band formed by the three brothers Shulman. They started as The Howling Wolves and then became The Road Runners, playing R&B around the Portsmouth area, becoming Simon Dupree and the Big Sound in early 1966. 'Simon Dupree and the Big Sound' came about in the course of their search for a flashy name. They only broke through at the end of 1967 with the psychedelic "Kites", a Top 10 hit in the UK Singles Chart. Regarding themselves as blue-eyed soul brothers, they hated it as it was so unrepresentative of their usual style. A then unknown keyboard player by the name of Reginald Dwight was hired to fill in for an ill Eric Hine and he joined them on a 1967 tour in Scotland. They were asked to allow him to stay on, and he was almost recruited as a permanent member. They politely rejected the chance to record any of his compositions (although they did ultimately record "I'm Going Home" as the B-side of their final single, and laughed when he told them he was adopting the stage name of Elton John. On 5 April 1968, Simon Dupree and the Big Sound appeared alongside Amen Corner, Gene Pitney, Don Partridge and Status Quo at The Odeon Theatre, Lewisham, London, on the first night as part of a twice nightly UK tour. In early 1969 they were booked to appear at the Lanchester Polytechnic in Coventry, but did not turn up. Their support act Raymond Froggatt played the entire evening. Late 1968, they released a single We Are The Moles (part 1)/(part 2) under the moniker The Moles. Released on the Parlophone label, the single did not give any hint towards the identity of the artists, claiming that both songs were written, performed and produced by The Moles. Rumours began to spread that it was an obscure output by The Beatles, who also were under contract at Parlophone, with Ringo Starr on lead vocals. When interest began to rise concerning the release, Syd Barrett stated that Simon Dupree & The Big Sound were the faces behind The Moles. Confronted with this, the band admitted. Frustrated as being seen as one-hit wonders being pushed by their record label as a pop group rather than the soul band they had always intended to be, they disbanded in 1969 and the Shulman brothers went on to form the successful progressive rock group Gentle Giant.

MEMBERS:

Phil Shulman - Sax, Trumpet and Vocals
Derek Shulman aka Simon Dupree - Vocals
Ray Shulman - Guitar, Violin, Trumpet and Vocals
Tony Ransley - Drums
Peter O'Flaherty - Bass
Eric Hine - Keyboards

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Broken Hearted Pirates
She Gave Me The Sun
France
Odeon 2C006-04034
Value: 15

Broken Hearted Pirates
She Gave Me The Sun
Germany
Odeon 1C006-04034
Value: 15

Broken Hearted Pirates
She Gave Me The Sun
Holland
Parlophone R 5757
Value: 30

Day Time, Night Time
I've Seen It All Before
Holland
Parlophone R 5594
Value: 25

For Whom The Bell Tolls
Sleep
Germany
Odeon O 23 773
Value: 20

Kites
Like The Sun Like The Fire
France
Odeon FO 108
Value: 30

Kites
Like The Sun Like The Fire
Holland
Parlophone R 5646
Value: 20

Kites
Like The Sun Like The Fire
Italy
Parlophon QMSP 16420
Value: 40

Kites
Like The Sun Like The Fire
Japan
Odeon OR-1862
Value: 55

Kites
Like The Sun Like The Fire
Norway
Parlophone R 5646
Value: 35

Kites
Like The Sun Like The Fire
Sweden
Parlophone R 5646
Value: 30
YELLOW SLEEVE

Kites
Like The Sun Like The Fire
Sweden
Parlophone R 5646
Value: 30
ORANGE SLEEVE

Kites / For Whom The Bell Tolls
I See The Light / Reservations
UK
EMI 2893
Value: 15
REISSUE

Kites / Like The Sun Like The Fire
For Whom The Bell Tolls / Sleep
Israel
EMI EPOC 40041
Value: 35

Kites / Like The Sun Like The Fire
For Whom The Bell Tolls / Sleep
Singapore
EMI EPEA 1003
Value: 35

Kites / You Need A Man
Like The Sun Like The Fire / Reservations
Portugal
Parlophone LMEP 1294
Value: 60

Part Of My Past
I See The Light
France
Odeon FO 125
Value: 15

Part Of My Past
The Story Never Ends
Holland
Parlophone R 5697
Value: 20

Reservations
I See The Light
Germany
Odeon O 23 542
Value: 30

Reservations
You Need A Man
Holland
Parlophone R 5574
Value: 25

The Scaffold: Thank U Very Much / Ide B The First
Simon Dupree And The Big Sound: Kites / Like The Sun Like The Fire
Israel
Parlophone EBLF 40043
Value: 60

Thinking About My Life
Velvet And Lace
France
Odeon FO 135
Value: 25

Thinking About My Life
Velvet And Lace
Germany
Odeon O 23 905
Value: 35

Thinking About My Life
Velvet And Lace
Holland
Parlophone R 5727
Value: 40

Thinking About My Life
Velvet And Lace
Sweden
Parlophone R 5727
Value: 30

We Are The Moles Part 1
We Are The Moles Part 2
France
Odeon FO 145
Value: 50
AS THE MOLES
  

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