Brook Brothers

  • Real Name: Ricky Brook
  • Birth Date: 12th April 1943
  • Birth Place: Winchester, Hampshire
  • Geoffrey Brook
  • 24th October 1940
  • Winchester, Hampshire
  • This British born duet were real brothers who are nowadays sometimes referred to as a kind of UK edition of the Everly Brothers. However, despite the fact that their recorded output largely consisted of covers of American recordings- including 'When Will I Be Loved'- there really wasn't much similarity with Don and Phil. Like so many youngsters of their generation, they had started performing as members of a skiffle group, and from this it became apparent that they sang well together. In fact their first recordings show evidence of this early influence although their first chart showing was straight 'pop'. They were probably fortunate that after the demise of the Top Rank label they moved to Pye where their production gained the magical benefit of Tony Hatch.
    The EP shown on the right appears to be the last that Pye issued for Ricky and Geoff. For some reason every picture of the pair seems to have them in a similar pose to this one.
    Their first chart success was followed by more songs, all sung in a somewhat similar upbeat style. Despite their reputation for producing cover versions, some of their 'B' sides were written by themselves. Sadly, the formula didn't last because their chart entries became intermittent and gained progessively lower positions. By the time that it became evident that 'beat' groups were the fashion, Geoff and Ricky were no longer making the chart at all. Despite changing their name to the more contemporary sounding 'The Brooks', they never had any further success with singles. 

    1950s & 1960s 45rpm UK Discography

    • Upper list include UK 45 singles releases only
    • See Lower list for EP releases
    • Collector's Items are shown In Red

    Top Rank JAR349 1960 Green Fields/ How Will It End  
    Top Rank JAR409 1960 Please Help Me, I'm Falling/ When Will I Be Loved  
    Pye 7N15298 1960 Say The Word/ Everything But Love  
    Pye 7N15333 1961 Warpaint/ Sometimes #5
    Pye 7N15352 1961 Little Bitty Heart/ Tell Her  
    Pye 7N15369 1961 Ain't Gonna Wash For A Week/ One Last Kiss #13
    Pye 7N15387 1961 Married/ Love Girls  
    Pye 7N15409 1962 He's Old Enough To Know Better/ Win Or Lose #37
    Pye 7N15415 1962 Too Scared/ Tell Tale  
    Pye 7N15441 1962 Just Another Fool/ Double Trouble  
    Pye 7N15453 1962 Welcome Home Baby/ So Long #33
    Pye 7N15463 1962 I Can't Make Up My Mind/ Town Girl  
    Pye 7N15498 1963 Trouble Is My Middle Name/ Let The Good Times Roll #38
    Pye 7N15527 1963 I'm Not Jimmy/ Side By Side  
    Pye 7N15570 1963 Crossroads/ Whistle To The Wind  
    Decca F11868  1964 Once In A While/ Poor Poor Man  

    EP Discography

    • Collector's Items are shown In Red
    • See Upper List For Singles releases

    Pye NEP24140 1961 "Brook Brothers Hit Parade" (w. Acc.dir. Tony Hatch)  
    Say The Word/Everything But Love/Warpaint/Sometimes
    Pye NEP24148 1961 "Brook Brothers Hit Parade Vol.2" (w.Tony Hatch Orch.)  
    Little Bitty Heart/One Last Kiss/Tell Her/Ain't Gonna Wash For A Week
    Pye NEP24155 1962 "Brook Brothers" (w. Acc.dir. Tony Hatch)  
    The Trolley Song/Look For A Star/Half As Much/I Wanna Love My Life Away

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