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The Carpetbaggers

From: N.IRL

Active: late 1960s

Style: pop/psych



The Carpetbaggers were a Northern Irish group active in the late 1960s. They became one of the top northern groups, appearing at all the major venues and supporting visiting groups such as the Hollies, The Troggs, DDDBM&T, etc. They were managed for a time by comedian Jimmy Young. They recorded a single for the Spin label in 1967, a sought after piece of toytown pop-psych which is now quite hard to find. Paul Lyttle (ex John Smith Band) joined the group sometime after the single.

The band moved to London in search of greater success but it was not to be. Film of the band in London and elsewhere exists thanks to Richard Morrow's interest in film making. Some of this footage was aired on BBC NI in recent years. Apparently the band also recorded music on two of Jimmy Young LPs "Young At Heart" (Emerald MLD 16, 1966) and "Young and Foolish" (Emerald MLD 27, 1967) but I have no more details about this.

The band split and Paul Lyttle joined Chips in 1970. Richard Morrow later became a stage hypnotist.


• The Flea Teacher / On Sunday
7" - Spin Records - SP.2006 - UK - 1967
A-side by Alister Stewart

See also: Chips

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