The Applejacks - Tell Me When (1964) [UK Band]
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The Applejacks were a UK pop and beat group of the 1960s. They were the first "Brumbeat" group (that is, from the West Midlands conurbation) to reach the UK Top 10, and were unusual for having a female bass guitarist, Megan Davies (no relation to the Davies brothers of The Kinks).
All of the Applejacks (except Jackson) were members of the same scout troop as children. Baggott, Cash and Freeman began playing together in a skiffle group named The Crestas in 1961, occasionally performing at a local youth club. Davies joined the group in 1961, Gould the following year. Lacking a vocalist, they were strictly an instrumental band until the addition of singer Al Jackson in '63; they began playing rock 'n' roll songs and secured a residency at Solihull Civic Hall. During that time they changed their name to The Jaguars before finally becoming The Applejacks in July 1962.
Signed to Decca late in 1963, their success was largely due to the strength of their first record, "Tell Me When". Written by Les Reed and Geoff Stephens, "Tell Me When" was released in February 1964 and shot to #7 in the UK. After meeting the Beatles during rehearsals for a TV appearance, John Lennon and Paul McCartney provided the Applejacks with a song which was to be their second single: "Like Dreamers Do". Disappointingly, the record only reached No. 20 in the charts. Their final hit was "Three Little Words", also in 1964, reached #23.
Although Decca continued to issue Applejacks recordings during 1965 (including the first released version of Ray Davies' "I Go To Sleep") they met with little response from the public leading to a rapid return to playing local gigs. After 1966 the group became an act on some of the world's greatest cruise liners, working for Cunard until the end of the decade and frequently aboard the Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Elizabeth 2.
Freeman and Davies were later married, and Davies retired from music to become a nurse.
They were once described as the "Solihull Sound", and one music critic compared their music to the bijou door bells popular in Solihull at the time.
Recently a band called The New Applejacks UK have appeared on the 60's scene led by Alan Taylor from The Casuals and include drummer Arty Campbell from Ian & The Zodiacs and Lee Curtis & The Allstars.
Tracklist: [1-19] 1964  1965
01. Tell Me When
02. Wishing Will Never Make It So
03. Over Suzanne
04. Hello Josephine
05. As A Matter Of Fact
06. Too Much Monkey Business
07. Memories Of You
08. Ain't That Just Like Me
09. Kansas City
10. I Wonder
11. Three Little Words (I Love You)
12. Baby Jane
13. No Time*
14. See If She Cares
15. What's The Matter Girl?
16. What'd I Say
17. Like Dreamers Do*
18. (Boom,Boom,Boom,Boom) Everybody Fall Down*
19. You're The One For Me*
20. I Go To Sleep*
* CD Bonus Tracks
Al Jackson (born 21 April 1945, Birmingham, Warwickshire), lead vocals (from July 1962);
Martin Baggott (born 20 October 1947, Birmingham, Warwickshire), lead guitar (from early 1961);
Don Gould (born 23 March 1947, Solihull, Warwickshire), organ (from December 1961);
Phil Cash (born 9 October 1947, Birmingham, Warwickshire), rhythm guitar (from early 1961);
Gerry Freeman (born 5 May 1943, Solihull, Warwickshire), drums (from early 1961);
Megan Davies (born 25 March 1944, Sheffield, Yorkshire), bass (from early 1961)