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Tuesday, 18 October 2016

The Aztecs and The Kinsmen - 1965 - 4 Big Instrumentals


The Aztecs - Smoke And Stack/The Aztecs - Board Boogie/The Kinsmen - The Sphinx Wont Tell/The Kinsmen - The Last Leaf


EP released in 1965 one side has 2 tracks by the Aztecs the other side has 2 by the Kinsmen contrary to the title of the EP  " The Sphinx Won't Tell" is a vocal track.

 The Aztecs originally a four-piece instrumental group who had put out one surfing instrumental, "Smoke & Stack", they formed in Sydney in 1963. With the advent of the Merseybeat sound, they added a lead singer, Billy Thorpe. His powerful voice and showmanship (which made him one of the most popular and respected rock performers in Australian music), completed the original line-up, which consisted of drummer Col Baigent, bassist John "Bluey" Watson and guitarists Valentine Jones and Vince Maloney (who later played with The Bee Gees). Valentine Jones left the band shortly after Billy Thorpe had joined and was later replaced by Tony Barber.

Not to much info on the Kinsmen a Melbourne band who released 2 singles "The Sphinx Wont Tell/ The Last Leaf"  charted at #15 in Melbourne in 1964 and "You Are My Destiny" in 1965. They toured the UK and Europe in 1966. Some of the members were John Lisle Vocals, Bob Gill Guitar, Ron Mizz Guitar, Peter Cohen Bass and Alex Zuere Bass.

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