Mick Charleton



Mick Charleton stato il primo batterista dei Primitives . Problemi di famiglia gli impedirono di venire in Italia e fu sostituito all' ultimo momento da Pick Withers. Anni dopo si ricongiunse al gruppo sostituendo Robbie McIntosh in quella che fu una delle ultime Line Up  : Dave Sumner alla chitarra , Martin Fisher al basso , Mike Fraser alle tastiere e lui alla batteria.

Purtroppo Mick se n' andato . Riportiamo l' articolo di un giornale Inglese che ne annuncia la scomparsa prematura. Ciao Mick.


 " Mick Charleton, considered by many to be Oxford's greatest drummer, has died.

Mr Charleton, who started his music career playing in The Teen Beats, built up a formidable reputation in the 1960s with his drum solos.

He went on to join another band with old school friend Paul Couling, who adopted the stage name Mal Ryder. Mal and The Spirits was soon formed, with John Hathaway, Tony Merrycorr, Robert Wakely, Pete Relton and Mr Charleton.

The band made four singles between 1963 and 1965 but failed to make it into the charts.

They then went on tour in Germany.

Mr Couling said: "The hours were long, sometimes we were playing up to six hours a night, and after six months we returned downhearted to England and the band broke up."

Mr Couling and Mr Charleton joined another Oxford band, The Primitives, and headed to Norway. Mr Charleton left the band before they were due to play in France and was replaced by David "Pick" Withers, who went on to be the drummer in Dire Straits.

He returned to England and in the mid-1970s set up his own band called Brendon, which went on to have a top 40 hit with the song Gimme Some.

Mr Couling said: "Mick was a great drummer and a good friend and was hands down the best drummer to ever come out of Oxford.

Mr Charleton died on July 24 after losing his battle with bone and pancreas cancer. "