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Red Lambert - guitar/vocals

Alan Watson - saxophone

Gil Lucas - piano (died 199?)

Lenny Blanche - bass guitar

Mike Felix - drums/vocals

The Migil Five were originally a jazz group who turned to pop and released "Mockingbird Hill" at the peak of the "blue-beat" craze.

Felix, Blanche and Lucas formed a jazz trio together in 1961 and spent the next two and a half years working pub gigs in London backing the blind singer Lennie Peters. Peters left for a solo career and with the advent of "beat" music in 1963, they decided to switch to pop and added Lambert on guitar, and called themselves The Migil Four. Towards the end of the year the quartet release a single, "Maybe".

At the time of the singles' release the group were resident at the Tottenham Royal Ballroom, having succeeded the Dave Clark Five in the gig, when they came to the attention of Kenny Ball. On his advice, they acted a saxophonist to the line-up - Alan Watson who had formerly been with Georgie Fame's Blue Flames. "Mockingbird Hill" scraped into the top ten in the summer of 1964, but, apart from a minor hit with the follow-up, "Near You", further success eluded them. The group eventually reverted back to their jazz roots and worked the cabaret circuit before disbanding in 1968.


The Migil Four - Single


Maybe/Can't I?

Pye 7N 15572



The Migil Five - Singles

Mar '64

Mockingbird Hill/Long Ago And Far Away

Pye 7N 15597


May '64

Near You/Don't Wanna Go On Shakin'

Pye 7N 15645


Aug '64

Boys And Girls/I Saw Your Picture

Pye 7N 15677


 Jan '65

Just Behind The Rainbow/Seven Lonely Days

Pye 7N 15757


Jun '65

One Hundred Years/I'm In Love Again

Pye 7N 15874


Jan '66

Pencil And Paper/Nevertheless

Pye 7N 17023






Meet The Migil Five - Brush Those Tears From Your Eyes/Unchain My Heart/Cry/Heartaches





Mockingbird Hill - Big Blue Beat/Jesse James/Just Like A Woman/I Saw Your Picture/Glad Rag Doll/Your Cheatin' Heart/Mockingbird Hill/Long Tall Sally/Beg Your Pardon/That Lucky Old Sun/Humpty Dumpty/First Taste Of Love/Molly Malone

Pye NPL 18093