Aztecs

The Aztecs were an Australian rock band from Sydney formed in 1963 by guitarist/vocalist Vince Melourney, who quickly made way for rising star Billy Thorpe. The band released a string of beat recordings on Linda Lee and Parlophone between 1964 and 1966. The tenure of guitarist Lobby Loyde heralded a move toward blues-psych jams, as heard on the 1971 release The Hoax Is Over. Subsequent releases on Atlantic and Infinity paved the way for Thorpe’s subsequent solo career.

Members: Vince Melouney [aka Vince Maloney] (lead guitar, vocals, 1963-65), Val Jones (rhythm guitar, 1963-64), John “Bluey” Watson (bass, 1963-65), Colin Baigent (drums, 1963-65), Billy Thorpe (vocals, guitar, 1964-76, 1977, 1993-95), Tony Barber (guitar, vocals, 1964-65), Col Risby (lead guitar, 1965-67), Mike Downes (rhythm guitar, vocals, 1965-67), Jimmy Taylor (piano, 1965-67), Teddy Toi (bass, 1965-67, 1973-75, 1976, 1977), Johnny Dick (drums, 1965-67, 1968, 1974), Tony Buchanan (saxophone, 1966-67), Mick Liber (guitar, 1968), Paul Wheeler (bass, 1968-73, 1993-95), Jimmy Thompson (drums, 1968-70), Lobby Loyde (guitar, 1968-70), Kevin Murphy (drums, 1970-71), Warren Morgan (piano, vocals, 1970-71, 1973-75, 1976, 1977, 1993-95), Gil Matthews (1971-76, 1977, 1993-95), Bruce Howard (keyboards, 1971-73), Derek Griffiths (lead guitar, 1975-76), John LeVine (keyboards, 1975-76), Billy Kristian (bass, 1975-76)

Discography:

  • Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs With Poison Ivy and Introducing Johnny Noble (1964)
  • Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs (1965 • Billy Thorpe and The Aztecs)
  • Don’t You Dig This Kind of Beat? (1966 • Billy Thorpe and The Aztecs)
  • The Hoax Is Over (1971)
  • Live (1971)
  • Aztecs Live! at Sunbury (1972)
  • More Arse Than Class (1974)
  • Steaming at the Opera House (1975)
  • Pick Me Up and Play Me Loud (1976)

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