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 - bassDave Rumsey - drums
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).