• Bern Elliott and The Fenmen - The Beat Years
    (See For Miles Records  1988  SEE239)
    Matrix No's: A1/B1

    Sleeve in Nr MINT condition

    Vinyl in Nr MINT condition

     

    Bern Elliott and the Fenmen were a British beat group, active between 1961 and 1964, and best known for their 1963 cover version of the song, "Money".

    Bern Elliott and the Fenmen formed in Kent in 1961, and performed over the next two years in clubs in Hamburg, Germany, before being signed to a recording contract with Decca in early 1963. "Money" was released by several artists at the time, but Bern Elliott and the Fenmen were unique as a group in registering a UK Singles Chart Top 20 hit in December 1963. Elliot and the Fenmen's Merseybeat style belied their southern England roots. However, they did appear on the 13 March 1964 episode of the UK television programme, Ready Steady Go!, playing their follow-up hit, "New Orleans".

    In May 1964, Elliot parted company with The Fenmen, and utilised The Klan for a short time as his backing group on one release "Good Times" / "What Do You Want With My Baby" on Decca F11970, which was released on 4 September 1964. The following year two further solo efforts, "Guess Who" and "Voodoo Woman", also failed to chart. The Fenmen continued, issuing further efforts both for Decca and CBS, including "I've Got Everything You Need, Babe" (1965) and "Rejected" (1966).

    Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page recalled:

    "On the BBC, there's a little musical clip that comes on. I think the song's called 'I've Got Everything You Need, Babe.' There's a new version of it right now but, beforehand, when it was originally there, I heard this solo and I said, 'My goodness, that's me!' So I tracked it down and it was Bern Elliott and the Fenmen. So I must have done this session, because it's me, without a shadow of a doubt. I wouldn't have remembered if I did a solo, let alone a song or what was on the session – they were coming fast and furious. You didn't know who you were going in with."

    After the Fenmen themselves disbanded, Wally Allen (aka Wally Waller) and Jon Povey moved on to The Pretty Things.

    "Money" later reached the UK Singles Chart in versions by The Flying Lizards (1979) and The Backbeat Band (1994).

    Band members

    • Bern Elliott - lead vocals (born Bernard Michael Elliott, 17 November 1942, Erith, Kent, England)
    • Alan Judge - lead guitar
    • Jon Povey - drums (born 20 August 1942, London, England)
    • Wally Allen - rhythm guitar (born Alan Edward Waller, 9 April 1944, Barnehurst, Kent, England)
    • Eric Willmer - bass guitar

    Tracklist

    A1

    Bern Elliott & The Fenmen

    Money

    Written-By – Berry Gordy, Smokey Robinson

    A2

    Bern Elliott & The Fenmen

    Nobody But Me

    Written-By – Rudolph Isley

    A3

    Bern Elliott & The Fenmen

    New Orleans

    Written-By – Frank Guida, Joseph Royster

    A4

    Bern Elliott & The Fenmen

    Chills

    Written-By – Gerry Goffin, Jack Keller

    A5

    Bern Elliott & The Fenmen

    I Can Tell

    Written-By – Ellas McDaniel, Samuel Smith (3)

    A6

    Bern Elliott & The Fenmen

    (Do The) Mashed Potatoes

    Written-By – Dessie Rozier

    A7

    Bern Elliott & The Fenmen

    Please Mr. Postman

    Written-By – Brianbert, Georgia Dobbins, William Garrett

    A8

    Bern Elliott & The Fenmen

    Shake Sherry Shake

    Written-By – Berry Gordy

    A9

    Bern Elliott & The Fenmen

    Talking About You (Live)

    Written-By – Chuck Berry

    A10

    Bern Elliott & The Fenmen

    Everybody Needs A Little Love

    A11

    Bern Elliott & The Fenmen

    Shop Around

    Written-By – Berry Gordy, Smokey Robinson

    B1

    Bern Elliott & The Fenmen

    Little Egypt (Live)

    Written-By – Leiber & Stoller

    B2

    Bern Elliott & The Klan (4)

    Good Times

    B3

    Bern Elliott & The Klan (4)

    What Do You Want With My Baby

    Written-By – Mort Shuman

    B4

    Bern Elliott

    Guess Who

    Written-By – Geoff Stephens

    B5

    Bern Elliott

    Make It Easy On Yourself

    Written-By – Bacharach And David

    B6

    Bern Elliott

    Forget Her

    B7

    Bern Elliott

    Voodoo Woman

    B8

    Bern Elliott

    Lipstick Traces

    Written-By – Naomi Neville

    B9

    The Fenmen

    Be My Girl

    B10

    The Fenmen

    Rag Doll

    Written-By – Bob Crewe & Bob Gaudio

    B11

    The Fenmen

    I've Got Everything You Need Babe

    Guitar [Uncredited] – Jimmy PageWritten-By – Al Kooper, Irwin Levine

    B12

    The Fenmen

    Every Little Day Now

    Written-By – Gordon Mills (2)

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    BERN ELLIOTT AND THE FENMEN - THE BEAT YEARS LP - Nr MINT A1/B1 1960's

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