Sunday, November 1, 2009

SCARECROW

"In the summer of '71 Clive, Dave and John were playing together in a five piece when their lead guitarist went home from a gig one night never to be seen again. This sudden departure dropped them in it as they were due in the Channel Islands the following week. Nothing daunted, they went round to see Bill, who had gone into hibernation studying classical guitar and dragged him back on stage to play electric so that hey could meet their commitments until a permanent replacement could be found.
However, before they got anything sorted out, their lead singer set fire to himself, during his fire-eating act, and reduced them to a four piece....and someone had to sing. They all looked to John who surprised everyone, including himself, by revealing a hidden talent in this department." - this is a part of Scarecrow presentation written for a charity gig held in January 1973 at Notre Dame Hall, London.
The four boys were:
Bill Puplett - lead guitar
Clive Yeats - bass
Dave Rumsey - drums
John Stewart - lead vocals and guitar
and they had a fruitful 10 years career together. Young, talented, charismatic, the boys played all over England and Europe. In London they had gigs at Oxford Tavern, The Brecknock, The Telegraph, Thomas a Beckett, The Lord Palmerston, etc, to nominate only few. Also, they did most of the clubs, including The Marquee and many universities as Westfield College, Goldsmiths College, Chiswick Polytechnic, etc. They made heard their music not only in London and surroundings but as well in Scotland and Wales followed everywhere by their faithful fans. And they didn't stop here, they travelled in Germany, Holland and Austria being welcomed and maybe better appreciated.
Managed by Hun ans Sul Enterprises they released a record called "Lovely to see you" before becoming the well known four piece Scarecrow, a live album was recorded at different venues and to this day has been seen on ebay selling for over £3oo.
John's special voice, Clive's remarkable technique, Bill's amazing lead guitar and Dave's timming on drums made these four boys a unique pop-rock group in musical circles from Europe. They loved to perform, they enjoyed to create a different sound and promote their own music. As a recognition they started to play at the openings of Jimi Hendrix concerts or YES, or Uriah Heep. Even Garry Moore used to come down to some of the London pubs where the boys were playing to jam with them, being a good friend of Bill. Appreciated, loved but not famous enough, always bridemaid but never bride, after 10 years of intense musical life, one by one, decided to go there own way and Screcrow came to an end.
But their name is still whispered as their fame never faded, their record can still be found, their music can still be listen, I found it here:
Now, Dave is retired living in Devon with his wife; John lives in East London and he never ceased to compose music; Bill lives in Harrow Wild repairing all the famous guitars; Clive (who told me the story) lives in Gibraltar and still plays in a blues band, called Strange Brew(they have a page on Facebook and Fandalism).

8 comments:

  1. What a beautiful memories!! We loved the music "bird". And we are happy to get to know Clive better!

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  2. Thank you very much, was Dana's idea to blog about my old band Scarecrow and yes it did bring back lots of memories as I really dont talk about it much and not too many people here know.
    Again thank you........Clive xx

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  3. Top band, used to see them at the Brecknock. Still treasure & play the LP , also bought the cd that turned out to be a bootleg, however saves wearing out the vinyl.

    Steve

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  4. The Brecknock...I remember that pub, great little venue. Thanks for your comment Steve, nice to know you still have the LP, I brought the CD too and yes it was a bootleg. The LP has been seen on ebay selling for £300. I'm still playing, in a blues band,,,EastSide Blues Band. Visit our site www.eastside-blues.com.

    Again thank you.
    Regards Clive.

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  5. it did bring back lots of memories as I really dont talk about it much and not too many people here

    Work From Home India

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  6. I remember seeing Scarecrow many times at the Lord Nelson, Brecknock and the Wellington Archway Road. I have the LP too, and it is no where near as good as they were live! There were so many regular fans at those venues! I wonder what ever happened to Shirley H****er from Crouch End? She was always after Bill I remember.

    Thanks. Richard.

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  7. Im still living in Spain ,but in the seventies saw this band 500 times maybe, where s Steve and Tracey and Vesna and so many others gosh how do you explain seeing a band 3 times a week and never getting bored, they had magic,and fantastic songs love a reunion i would fly ovr at a jiffy,thanks guys hppe to see you again somewhere, Steve i still have the tapes you made for me Cheers Robert Mills

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  8. Thank you very much for your comment, Clive was thrilled about it, it's always nice to know you're appreciated.
    We're living in Gibraltar, and Clive still plays in a band; you can get in touch with him via Facebook.
    Thank again, take care.

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