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Cliff Bennett - vocals (born 1940)

Dave Wendells - lead guitar

Maurice Groves - saxophone

Sid Phillips - saxophone

Roy Young - keyboards

Frank Allen/Bobby Thompson - bass guitar

Mike Burt - drums


Cliff Bennett, who had been singing at small venues around London since his mid-teens, put the first line-up of the Rebel Rousers together in 1959. Most of the members were already veterans of the music scene. Bennett had worked with a variety of little-known groups in the late 50s, and Roy Young had been in the houseband on BBC TV's first rock show, "6.5 Special". At this time the group's bassist was Frank Allen, who left to join The Searchers in 1964

Hailing from Slough, Bennett and the Rebel Rousers came to the attention of Joe Meek, at that time an aspiring independent producer. With Meek at the controls the group cut four singles between 1961 and the summer of 1963, all of which sank without trace. Much of '62 and '63 was spent playing in Germany at venues such as the Star Club in Hamburg. Indeed, during one of the Hamburg trips he struck up a friendship with the Beatles which would prove beneficial a few years later. After Allen decamped to the Searchers, Bennett brought in Bobby Thompson from Kingsize Taylor & the Dominoes. Liverpool's renowned saxophonist, Howie Casey, was also with the band for a time.

In 1964 they were signed by Brian Epstein's NEM's agency on the recommendation of the Beatles and reached the Top Ten with "One Way Love". Subsequent releases flopped despite powerful vocal performances from Bennett himself.

Early in 1966 their paths crossed with the Beatles again when they were booked as an opening act on the fab four's final European tour. During that tour, the Beatles introduced Bennett to one of their new songs "Got To Get You Into My Life", which was going to be included on the "Revolver" album to be released later that year. Paul McCartney produced Bennett's version of the song. Released in the summer of '66 and reaching No. 6 in the British charts, the record was both the biggest and the last hit that Cliff Bennett & the Rebel Rousers had.

There followed numerous personnel changes before the band dissolved in 1968. Bennett then formed The Cliff Bennett Band. This outfit comprised of Bennett (vocals), John Bennett (trombone), Alan Drover (saxophone), Stuart Hamer (trumpet), Mick Green (guitar), Robin MacDonald (bass) and Frank Farley (drums). Green and Farley had earlier been members of Johnny Kidd & The Pirates and, together with MacDonald had been members of Billy J. Kramer's backing group, the Dakotas.

In the 70s Bennett formed Cliff Bennett's Rebellion and sang with Toe Fat and Shanghai before eventually retiring from music temporarily in the late 70's.

By the mid 80's, Bennett was leading a new version of the Rebel Rousers.


Jul '61

You've Got What I Like/I'm In Love With You

Parlophone R 4793


Oct '61

That's What I Said/When I Get Paid

Parlophone R 4836


Mar '62

Poor Joe/Hurtin' Inside

Parlophone R 4895


Jul '63

Everybody Loves A Lover/My Old Stand By

Parlophone R 5046


Nov '63

You Really Got A Hold On Me/Alright



Mar '64

Got My Mojo Working/Beautiful Dreamer

Parlophone R 5119


Sep '64

One Way Love/Slow Down

Parlophone R 5173


Jan '65

I'll Take You Home/Do You Love Him?

Parlophone R 5229



Three Rooms Of Running Water/If Only You'd Reply

Parlophone R 5259


Aug '65

I Have Cried My Last Tear/As Long As She Looks Like You

Parlophone R 5317



You Can't Love 'Em All/Need Your Loving Tonight

Parlophone R 5406


Jun '66

Eyes For You/Hold On I'm Coming

Parlophone R 5466


Aug '66

Got To Get You Into My Life/Baby Each Day

Parlophone R 5489



Never Knew Lovin' Could Be So Doggone Good/Don't Help Me Out

Parlophone R 5534


Feb '67

I'm Sorry/I'll Take Good Care Of You

Parlophone R 5565


May '67

I'll Be There/Use Me

Parlophone R 5598




Try It Baby - I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby/Shoes/Try It Baby/Do It Right

Parlophone GEP 8936

Oct '66

We're Gonna Make It - My Sweet Woman/Whole Lotta Woman/We're Gonna Make It/Waiting At The Station

Parlophone GEP 8955



Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers - I Can't Stand It/Sweet And Lovely/Make Yourself At Home/You've Really Got A Hold On Me/Ain't That Lovin' You/Sha La La/One Way Love/Steal Your Heart Away/It's Alright/Beautiful Dreamer/Mercy Mercy/Talking About My Baby/The Pick-Up

Parlophone PMC 1242

Nov '66

Drivin' You Wild - Three Rooms With Running Water/Baby Baby Baby/You Made Me Happy/Sweet Sorrow/I Have Cried My Last Tear/Another Saturday Night/Drivin' Me Wild/That's Why I Love You So/Who Cheatin' Now?/I'll Be Doggone/Strange Feeling/I'll Take You Home

Music For Pleasure MFP 1121

The Cliff Bennett Band - Singles


Take Your Time/House Of A Thousand Dolls

Parlophone R 5666



You're Breaking Me Up/I Hear Her Voice

Parlophone R 5691



Lonely Weekends/Good Times

Parlophone R 5711



Back In The USSR/This Man

Parlophone R 5749



One More Heartache/Nobody Runs Forever

Parlophone R 5728



Memphis Streets/But I'm Wrong

Parlophone R 5792


The Cliff Bennett Band - LP


Cliff Bennett Branches Out -

Parlophone PMC/PCS 7054



Best Of The EMI Years - You've Got What I Like, I'm In Love With You, That's What I Said, When I Get Paid, Poor Joe, Hurtin' Inside, Everybody Loves A Lover, My Old Standby, Love Is A Swinging Thing, Got My Mojo Working, Beautiful Dreamer, One Way Love, I'll Take You Home, Something You've Got, It's All Right, Three Rooms With Running Water, You Can't Love 'em All, Need Your Lovin' Tonight, Got To Get You Into My Life, Ain't Love Good Ain't Love Proud, 634-5789, I'm Not Tired, C.C. Rider Blues, I'll Take Good Care Of You, Lonely Weekends, Good Times, Said I Weren't Gonna Tell Nobody, I Take What I Want, One More Heartache, Back In The USSR, Red Bus



Drivin' You Wild - I Can't Stand It, Sweet And Lovely, Make Yourself At Home, You've Really Got a Hold on Me, Ain't That Loving You Baby, Sha La La, One Way Love, Steal Your Heart Away, It's All Right, Beautiful Dreamer, Mercy Mercy, Talking About My Baby, Pick-Up, Three Rooms With Running Water, Baby Baby Baby, You Make Me Happy, Sweet Sorrow, I Have Cried My Last Tear, Another Saturday Night, It's Drivin' Me Wild, (That's Why) I Love You So, Who's Cheatin' Who, I'll Be Doggone, Strange Feeling, I'll Take You Home


At Abbey Road - She Said Yeah/Always/Another Saturday Night/Got My Mojo Working/Try It Baby/Who's Cheating Who/I Can't Stand It/One Way Love/Strange Feeling/Something You've Got/Waiting At The Station/Got To Get You Into My Life/Good Times/I Take What I Want/You're The One For Me/Roadrunner/Hold On, I'm Comin'/When Something Is Wrong With My Baby/Ain't Love Good/I'll Take Good Care Of You/634-5789/Don't Help Me In, Help Me Out/Use Me/I'm Not Tired/Don't Knock It/Ain't Nobody Home/Back In The USSR/Somebody Help Me


25 Greatest Hits - You've Got What I Like/I'm In Love With You/That's What I Said/When I Get Paid/Poor Joe/Hurtin' Inside/Everybody Loves A Lover/My Old Stand By/Love Is A Swingin' Thing/Got My Mojo Working/Beautiful Dreamer/One Way Love/I'll Take You Home/Something You've Got/It's Alright/Three Rooms With Running Water/Need Your Lovin' Tonight/Got To Get You Into My Life/Ain't Love Good/6345-789/I'm Not Tired/CC Rider Blues/I'll Take Good Care Of You/Good Times/Back In The USSR