Amen Corner

  • Real Name: Andy Fairweather-Low
  • Birth Date: 8th August 1950
  • Birth Place: Hengoed, Wales
  • Derek Weaver (Blue)
  • 3rd March 1949
  • Cardiff
  • Neil Jones
  • 25th March 1949
  • Llanbradach, Wales
  • Allen Jones
  • 6th February 1947
  • Swansea
  • Dennis Bryon
  • 14th April 1949
  • Neath
  • Clive Taylor
  • 27th April 1949
  • Cardiff
  • Mike Smith
  • 4th November 1947
  • Neath
  • This South Wales band first played together at Christmas 1966 though all had experience with other bands previously. They had been disappointed with their hitherto lack of success and descended on London early in 1967. They proved to be a popular stage act and were given the chance to record with Decca's new offshoot, Deram. Their first four singles for the label all reached healthy chart positions, but after some management dispute the group defected to Andrew Oldham's 'Immediate' where they immediately achieved a #1 with '(If Paradise Is) Half As Nice'.

    The group split up shortly after the release of their final hit single and the promise of future reconstitution finally faded. Andy Fairweather-Low, Blue Weaver, Clive Taylor and Neil Jones formed 'Fairweather' before Andy found fame as a solo artist. Weaver became part of 'Wynder K. Frog' before moving into the 'Strawbs'.

    Andy Fairweather-Low has long since become a veteran of the Eric Clapton band. The fact that the legendary guitarist only gathers great musicians about him speaks volumes about the quality of Fairweather-Low's expertise on the guitar.

    Sadly, most of Amen Corner's output was on record labels that didn't tend to issue many EPs. So if you want something in a nice shiny picture sleeve then you'll have to settle for a 12inch album like the one shown here. The only good thing about this is that it means I don't have to spend much time writing up their EP discography!

    1950s & 1960s 45rpm UK Discography

    • Listings include UK 45 singles releases only
    • Collector's Items are shown In Red

    Deram DM136 1967 Gin House Blues/ I Know #12
    Deram DM151 1967 The World Of Broken Hearts/ Nema #26
    Deram DM172 1968 Bend Me Shape Me/ Satisnek The Job's Worth #3
    Deram DM197 1968 High In The Sky/ Run Run Run #6
    Deram DM228 1969 World Of Broken Hearts/ Gin House Blues  
    Immediate IM073 1969 (If Paradise Is) Half As Nice/ Hey Hey Girl #1
    Immediate IM081 1969 Hello Suzie/ Evil Man's Gonna Win #4
    Immediate IM084 1969 Get Back/ Farewell To The Real Magnificent Seven  

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