The Applejacks

Originally called The Crestas, they formed in 1961 in Olton, Solihull. Phil Cash - rhythm guitar, Martin Baggot - lead guitar, Don Gould - organ, and Gerald Freeman -drums had been in the scouts together, they were complemented by Megan Davies on bass guitar, who stood out in the same way that Honey Lantree did in The Honeycombs.

Originally they were an instrumental group covering The Shadows, Tornados and similar (Spotnicks?). Then with the addition of Al Jackson (Real name Harry Llewellyn in 1962 they added the likes of Chuck Berry and Little Richard to the repertoire.

Increased popularity led to a residency at Solihull Civic Hall, and a name change to The Jaguars, which then became The Applejacks in mid 1962 (according to Wikipedia although the article is littered with date anomalies)

They signed to Decca late in 1963 and their first single "Tell Me When" was released in February 1964 reaching umber 7 in the Record Mirror chart (number 5 in the much more influential Melody Maker chart Melody Maker chart listings here) This got them TV appearances on shows like Ready Steady Go, and Thank your Lucky Stars. During this time they met The Beatles and their follow up single was a Lennon and McCartney number "Like Dreamers Do". Released in June 1964 it reached number 17 in the Melody Maker chart (although Guinness Book of Hit Singles uses the less reliable Record Mirror chart which states it got to number twenty)

The Applejacks were booked for the Big Beat Scene Tour along with Millie Small, and Lulu and The Luvvers, all of whom had hits in the charts before The Honeycombs. The latter were a late addition to the bill after their debut single held the number 1 spot for three weeks. The band also appeared in a film "Just For You" and played at the NME poll winners concert at Wembly.

APPLEJACKS ROMANCE

They notched up a highly respectable number 23 with "Three Little Words (I Love You) during that tour but after that things drifted. Arguments with the record label over their next single and general public apathy meant that like many good bands they faded from public awareness, although they continued touring up to the end of the sixties.

In 1965 Megan Davies married drummer Gerry Freeman, making them probably the tightest rhythm section in pop.
See this video from British Pathe.


UK singles

With thanks once again to Paul R. Moy.

UK albums

THE APPLEJACKS LP

TELL ME WHEN / WISHING WILL NEVER MAKE IT SO / OVER SUZANNE / HELLO JOSEPHINE / AS A MATTER OF FACT / TOO MUCH MONKEY BUSINESS / MEM'RIES OF YOU / AIN'T THAT JUST LIKE ME // KANSAS CITY / I WONDER / THREE LITTLE WORDS (I LOVE YOU) / BABY JANE / NO TIME / SEE IF SHE CARES / WHAT'S THE MATTER LITTLE GIRL / WHAT'D I SAY
DECCA LK.4635 OCTOBER 1964

TELL ME WHEN CD

TELL ME WHEN / WISHING WILL NEVER MAKE IT SO / OVER SUZANNE / HELLO JOSEPHINE / AS A MATTER OF FACT / TOO MUCH MONKEY BUSINESS / MEM'RIES OF YOU / AIN'T THAT JUST LIKE ME / KANSAS CITY / I WONDER / THREE LITTLE WORDS (I LOVE YOU) / BABY JANE / NO TIME / SEE IF SHE CARES / WHAT'S THE MATTER LITTLE GIRL / WHAT'D I SAY / LIKE DREAMERS DO / EVERYBODY FALL DOWN / YOU'RE THE ONE FOR ME / I GO TO SLEEP
DERAM 820 968-2 OCTOBER 1990

THE APPLEJACKS CD

TELL ME WHEN / WISHING WILL NEVER MAKE IT SO / OVER SUZANNE / HELLO JOSEPHINE / AS A MATTER OF FACT / TOO MUCH MONKEY BUSINESS / MEM'RIES OF YOU / AIN'T THAT JUST LIKE ME / KANSAS CITY / I WONDER / THREE LITTLE WORDS (I LOVE YOU) / BABY JANE / NO TIME / SEE IF SHE CARES / WHAT'S THE MATTER LITTLE GIRL / WHAT'D I SAY / LIKE DREAMERS DO / (BOOM, BOOM, BOOM, BOOM) EVERYBODY FALL DOWN / YOU'RE THE ONE FOR ME / BYE BYE GIRL / IT'S NOT A GAME ANYMORE / I GO TO SLEEP / MAKE UP OR BREAK UP / I'M THROUGH / WE GOTTA GET TOGETHER / BABY'S IN BLACK
CHERRY RED RECORDS CDMRED411 JUNE 2009
Entire Decca output accompanied by new sleeve-notes featuring quotes from the band's bassist, Megan Davies

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