Man

Man was a Welsh jam-rock band that was originally active between the late 1960s and mid-1970s. The band released two albums on Pye in 1969, followed by five studio albums and three live sets on United Artists between 1970 and 1975. An eighth studio album, Welsh Connection, appeared on MCA in 1976 before the band folded. The nameplate was resurrected briefly in the 1980s and for a longer run during the 2000s.

Members: Micky Jones (vocals, guitar, 1968-2005), Deke Leonard (vocals, guitar, 1968-72, 1973-76, 1983-2004), Clive John (keyboards, 1968-72, 1972-73), Ray Williams (bass, 1968-69), Terry Williams (drums, 1969-76, 1986-97), Jeff Jones (drums, 1968-69), Martin Ace (bass, guitar, 1969-72, 1975-76, 1983-present), Phil Ryan (keyboards, guitar, 1972-73, 1975-76, 1998-2000), Will Youatt (bass, 1972-73), Tweke Lewis (guitar, keyboards, 1973), Ken Whaley (bass, 1974-75), Malcolm Morley (keyboards, guitar, 1974), John McKenzie (guitar, 1975-76)


Man evolved from harmony/beatsters The Bystanders, formed in 1962 Merthyr Tydfil. The founding instrumental core comprised guitarist/singer Micky Jones, keyboardist/singer Clive John, bassist Ray Williams, and drummer Jeff Jones. Their original frontman, Gerry Braden, was replaced early by Vic Oakley. (Braden later found fame as comedian Owen Money.) They gigged the Welsh club circuit for six years and issued eight singles between 1965 and 1968, starting with “That’s the End” (b/w “This Time”) on one-press Pylot Records.

In 1966/67, The Bystanders issued five singles on Piccadilly, including “98.6” (made famous by American singer Keith) and the psych-tinged “Pattern People” and “Royal Blue Sunshine Day.” Most of these sides were produced by Sounds Orchestral co-founder John Schroeder, who also produced singles for Glass Menagerie, Scrugg, and the (pre-Status Quo) Spectres. Two further Bystanders singles appeared on Pye in 1968: the Ronnie Scott/Marty Wilde-penned “When Jezamine Goes” (b/w “Cave of Clear Light”) — the a-side covered as “Jezamine” that year by The Casuals — and “This World Is My World” (b/w “Painting the Time”).

In November 1968, Oakley cleared way for ex-Corncrackers singer/guitarist Deke Leonard, who had earlier replaced Oakley in Welsh rivals The Blackjacks. With this move, The Bystanders became Man.


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