The British Beat Boom

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Personnel included :-

Mike Cotton - trumpet/harmonica (born August 12th 1939, London)

Johnny Crocker - saxophone

Tony Pitt - lead guitar

Stu Morrison - bass guitar

Dave Rowberry - keyboards

Jimmy Garforth - drums


Formerly the leader of a jazz band, the groups only hit was released under the name Mike Cotton's Jazzmen, but Cotton would change his musical style towards R&B with the coming of beat music.

They started the sixties playing Trad Jazz with a female vocalist and ended them as a soul band backing Zoot Money. In between, they had been, at varying times, a rock 'n' roll, blues and r'n'b band.

During their era they were one of the busiest groups in the country, running their own career alongside backing visiting American acts such as Solomon Burke, Stevie Wonder, the Four Tops and Gene Pitney. Additionally, they somehow managed to find time to squeeze in another role, that of session musicians for other popular performers.

They later concentrated their efforts on session work.


Jun '63

Swing That Hammer/Heartaches

Columbia DB 7029


Oct '63

Midnite Flyer/Pne Mint Julep

Columbia DB 7134


Apr '64

I Don't Wanna Know/This Little Pig

Columbia DB 7267


Oct '64

Round And Round/Beau Dudley

Columbia DB 7382


Feb '65

Zulu Warrior/The Tinker

Columbia DB


Jun '65

Make Up Your Mind/I've Got My Eye On You

Columbia DB 7623


Aug '66

Harlem Shuffle/Like That

Polydor BM 56096


Apr '67

Step Out Of Line/Ain't Love Good, Ain't Love Proud

Pye 7N 17313



Mar '65

Zulu Warrior/Theme For Harry/Theme For Josie/The Tinker

Columbia SEG


May '64

The Mike Cotton Sound - Watermelon Man/Chinese Checkers/Love Potion No. 9/So What?/How Long Can This Go On?/Moanin'/Night Train/This Little Pig/Pretty Thing/Walk On The Wild Side/I Don't Wanna Know

Columbia 33SX 1647