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Friday, 5 November 2010

Mac Poole (drums)


BANDS:
  • Youngblood
  • Marsha Hunt Band
  • Warhorse
  • Gong
  • Hungry Fighter
  • Magill
  • Broken Glass
  • Nightlife
  • Oval Exiles
  • Mickey Jupp Band
  • Screaming Lord Sutch Band
  • Nick Simper´s Fandango
  • Jack Green Band
  • Orkestra
  • Paul Lucas Band
  • Tony Dangerfield Band
  • Solid Gold
  • Rockin´ Horse
      • Warhorse (Casual band - 1 gig)
  • Alan Warner Band
  • The Honeycombs

BIOGRAPHY:

Talented and veteran drummer, he has played with fantastic musicians along a long career. He was born in 1946 in Birmingham, Warwickshire.

He was asked to join Led Zeppelin, but he turned down the offer.


YOUNGBLOOD


Mac Poole joins Youngblood sometime in 1968 to replace Cozy Powell:

YOUNGBLOOD #2
1968
Ken Aston
vocals
Roy Black
bass
Pete Ball
keyboards
Mac Poole
drums

Other info on members of Youngblood (I know up to 6 members)
Old pages (1): Cozy Powell
To be covered (1): Keith Smart
Not enough info (3): Ken Aston, Pete Ball, Roy Black


MARSHA HUNT BAND


Around 1969, this was the Marsha Hunt Band, with Mac Poole replacing the departing Pete Phillips:

MARSHA HUNT BAND #?
1969-1970
Marsha Hunt
vocals
Ged Peck
guitar
Nick Simper
bass
Mac Poole
drums
Warhorseê
Screaming Lord Sutch Bandê
Warhorseê

As the band wasn´t playing many gigs, Simper left to rejoin Lord Sutch in 1969, but he wasn´t replaced. Finally, in 1970, the whole backing band left Marsha and formed a new combo, Warhorse.

Other info on members of Marsha Hunt Band (I know up to 9 members)
Already covered (2): Ged Peck, Bobby Stignac
To be covered (5): Elton Dean, Marsha Hunt, Pete Phillips, Nick Simper, Roger Truth
Not enough info (1): Joe Breen


WARHORSE


Warhorse promotional photo, 1970 - from left to right: Ashley Holt, Ged Peck, Nick Simper at the front, Frank Wilson, and Mac Poole - copyright of the photo: Ged Peck

Warhorse was formed (with the original working name of Iron Horse) in 1970 from the ashes of Marsha Hunt Band, with a promising young keyboardist, none other than Rick Wakeman:

WARHORSE #1
1970-Mar 70
êMarsha Hunt Band
êMarsha Hunt Band
êScreamin´ Lord Sutch Band
êMarsha Hunt Band
Ashley Holt
vocals
Ged Peck
guitar
Nick Simper
bass
Rick Wakeman
keyboards
Mac Poole
drums
Strawbsê

Rick and Ged used to do all the arrangements. But Rick Wakeman left soon, in March 1970, as he got an offer from The Strawbs.

Frank Wilson is the new keyboardist in Warhorse:

WARHORSE #2
Mar 70-1971
Ashley Holt
vocals
Ged Peck
guitar
Nick Simper
bass
Frank Wilson
keyboards
Mac Poole
drums

Their first album was Warhorse, released in November 1970. But things weren´t going well inside the band, and finally, Ged left them in mid 1971.

Peter Parks replaces Ged Peck in Warhorse:

WARHORSE #3
1971-1972
Ashley Holt
vocals
Peter Parks
guitar
Nick Simper
bass
Frank Wilson
keyboards
Mac Poole
drums
Gongê

Their 2nd album was called Red sea, released in 1972. Both albums have been reissued in the late 90s, with extra material.

The band split when they were making the initial recordings for a third album (although Mac Poole had already left, being replaced by Barney James - I´m not sure who plays in those recordings). All those songs are features as bonus in the CD reissue of Red sea.

Other info on members of Warhorse (I know up to 8 members)
Already covered (1): Ged Peck
To be covered (6): Ashley Holt, Barney James, Peter Parks, Nick Simper, Rick Wakeman, Frank Wilson


GONG


In April 1972, Mac Poole joined Gong:

GONG #?
Apr 72-Jun 72
êWarhorse
Daevid Allen
vocals, guitar
Gilli Smyth
vocals
Christian Tritch
bass
Didier Malherbe
sax
Mac Poole
drums

But Mac left them after just 3 months, in June 1972.

Other info on members of Gong (I know up to 28 members)
Already covered (2): Brian Godding, Rob Tait
Old pages (1): Allan Holdsworth
To be covered (15): Laurie Allan, Daevid Allen, Tim Blake, Bill Bruford, Graham Clark, Brian Davison, Doni Harvey, Charles Hayward, Steve Hillage, Pete Lemer, Pierre Moerlen, Pip Pyle, Dave Stewart, Diane Stewart, Theo Travis
Not enough info (9): Chris Cutler, Miquette Giraudy, Mike Howlett, Didier Malherbe, Francis Moze, Gilli Smyth, Chris Taylor, Christian Tritch, Gwyo ZePix


HUNGRY HEART


Around 1973, Hungry Heart is formed with famous players:

HUNGRY HEART #1
1973
Dave Walker
vocals
Danny Kirwan
guitar
Andy Silvester
bass
Paul Raymond
keyboards
Mac Poole
drums

But they sadly split after just one gig.

I have a confusion here. Some sources state Hungry Heart as the band name. But Dave Walker, in an interview, said the band was Hungry Fighter, formed in 1974, and it only lasted for 1 gig with the mentioned musicians. But, as far as I know, the band also had Dave Bidwell on drums in 1974, and also Tom Farnell on drums. Can someone help me with info, please?

Other info on members of Hungry Heart (I know up to 5 members)
To be covered (4): Danny Kirwan, Paul Raymond, Andy Silvester, Dave Walker


MAGILL


In 1973, Mac Poole joined Huw Lloyd Langton in a new band called Magill:

MAGILL #1
1973
Huw Lloyd Langton
guitar, vocals
Rob Rawlinson
bass
Pete Scott
Mac Poole
drums

But it was a short-lived band, as Huw soon moved to different projects.

Other info on members of Magill (I know up to 4 members)
To be covered (2): Huw Lloyd Langton, Rob Rawlinson
Not enough info (1): Pete Scott


BROKEN GLASS


Around 1976, Stan Webb (leader of Chicken Shack) starts a new project, Broken Glass with his bandmate Robbie Blunt:

BROKEN GLASS #1
1976-1977
êStan Webb Band
êStan Webb Band
Stan Webb
guitar, vocals
Robbie Blunt
guitar, vocals
Rob Rawlinson
bass
Mac Poole
drums
Chicken Shackê
Chicken Shackê

They released a self-titled album, Broken Glass, with help from Miller Anderson (who also guested on some gigs), and produced by Tony Ashton. But in 1977, Stan Webb resurrected Chicken Shack (again with Blunt), so Broken Glass split.

Other info on members of Broken Glass (I know up to 4 members)
Already covered (1): Robbie Blunt
To be covered (2): Rob Rawlinson, Stan Webb


NIGHTLIFE


Nightlife was a band formed by Jim Roche and Ian Ellis at the end of the 70s:

NIGHTLIFE #?
?
Jim Roche
guitar
Ian Ellis
bass, vocals
Mac Poole
drums

I don't know how much time they stayed together.

Other info on members of Nightlife (I know up to 3 members)
Old pages (1): Ian Ellis
To be covered (1): Jim Roche


OVAL EXILES


In 1978, Mac is part of a band called Oval Exiles:

OVAL EXILES #?
1978
Pete Gosling
guitar
Vic Young
bass
Geraint Watkins
keyboards
Mac Poole
drums
Mickey Jupp & The Treatmentê
Mickey Jupp & The Treatmentê
Mickey Jupp & The Treatmentê
Mickey Jupp & The Treatmentê

Soon after, they teamed with Mickey Jupp, rebaptizing themselves as Mickey Jupp And The Treatment.

Other info on members of Oval Exiles (I know up to 4 members)
To be covered (3): Pete Gosling, Geraint Watkins, Vic Young


MICKEY JUPP & THE TREATMENT


This is Mickey Jupp´s new band in 1978, baptized Mickey Jupp & The Treatment:

MICKEY JUPP BAND #?
1978
êOval Exiles
êOval Exiles
êOval Exiles
êOval Exiles
Mickey Jupp
vocals
Pete Gosling
guitar
Vic Young
bass
Geraint Watkins
keyboards
Mac Poole
drums

But this association was short-lived.

I don´t know if Mac played with Mickey Jupp again in 1980. Does anybody know?

Other info on members of Mickey Jupp Band (I know up to 34 members)
Already covered (3): Dave Bronze, Terry ´Tex´ Comer, Mick Grabham
Old pages (1): Pat Donaldson
To be covered (29): Paul Atkinson, Dave Barnes, The Big Figure, John Bobin, Mick Brownlee, Bob Clouter, Ed Deane, John Denton, Ian Duck, Bob Fish, John Gordon, Lester Gordon, Pete Gosling, Joe Jones, Mickey Jupp, Dennis Masterton, Dave Mattacks, Colin Maxwell, Frank Mead, Paul Mitchell, Phil Mitchell, John Pugh, Joy Sarney, Ron Telemacque, Pete The Hat,... up to 29 musicians.


SCREAMING LORD SUTCH BAND


Around 1979, Lord Sutch starts using The Shakers (Antinori / Dangerfield / Irvine) as his backing band:

SCREAMING LORD SUTCH BAND #
?
Screaming Lord Sutch
vocals
Angi Antinori
guitar
Tony Dangerfield
bass, vocals
Jack Irvine
drums
OR
Mac Poole
drums

This happened on and off until 1982.

Other info on members of Screaming Lord Sutch Band (I know up to 137 members)
Already covered (3): Clive Edwards, Ged Peck, Harry Reynolds
Old pages (6): Herbie Armstrong, Jeff Beck, Rick Brown, Jimmy Jewell, Micky Waller, Dave Wendells
To be covered (127): Mick Abrahams, Dave Adams, Neil Ainsby, Avid Andersen, Larry Anderson, Angi Antinori, John Banks, Johnny Bedder, Sid Berry, Neil Besmoori, Ritchie Blackmore, Derek Bond, Bob Burgos, Jim Byers, Johnny Casanova, Jerry Chapman, Fred Cheeseman, Vic Clark, Stuart Colman, Pete Cowling, Frogman Curtis, Brad Dallaston, Tony Dangerfield, Spencer Davies, Derek Davis,... up to 127 musicians.


NICK SIMPER´S FANDANGO


In 1980, Mac Poole rejoins Nick Simper in Nick's new band, called Nick Simper´s Fandango:

NICK SIMPER´S FANDANGO #?
1980
Jim Proops
vocals
Peter Parks
guitar, vocals
Nick Simper
bass, vocals
Mac Poole
drums

They released the album Future times in 1980, but the band didn´t go ahead apart from recording that album. Many years later, it was reissued as a 2CD set with a previous album Slipstreaming (where Mac didn't play).

Other info on members of Nick Simper´s Fandango (I know up to 5 members)
To be covered (2): Peter Parks, Nick Simper
Not enough info (2): Ron Penny, Jim Proops


JACK GREEN BAND


This was the Jack Green Band, probably around 1980:

JACK GREEN BAND #?
?
Jack Green
vocals, guitar
Ian Ellis
bass
Mac Poole
drums
+ others unknown to me

Can someone help me with the missing members, please? Maybe Jeff Banister?

I don´t know if there were more lineups with Mac Poole aboard...

Other info on members of Jack Green Band (I know up to 4 members)
Old pages (1): Ian Ellis
To be covered (2): Jeff Bannister, Jack Green


TONY DANGERFIELD BAND


This was the fantastic lineup for the Dangerfield / Greenie Big Band, but I haven´t been able to trace the period where they played together (my guess is late 70s or maybe early 80s - help please!!):

TONY DANGERFIELD BAND #?
?
Tony Dangerfield
vocals
Paul Green
guitar, vocals
Peter Parks
guitar
Ian X
bass
Nick Pentelow
sax
Nick Payn
sax
Tony Hall
sax
Sid Phillips
sax
Mac Poole
drums


AND THEN...


And then, I have a gap in Mac Poole´s activities from 1980 to 1987. If someone can provide info, it would be very appreciated.


PLAYER / ORKESTRA


In March 1987, two former members of ELO, Kelly Groucutt and Mik Kaminski, form a new band, Orkestra (originally they were called Player), and Mac joins them, as they were old friends:

ORKESTRA #1
Mar 87-Jan 88
êELO
êELO
Kelly Groucutt
vocals, bass
Clive Poole
guitar
Terry Pardoe
keyboards
Chris Tew
keyboards
Mik Kaminski
violin
Mac Poole
drums

But Mac left Orkestra in January 1988 after a tour (being replaced by Simon Fox).

Other info on members of Orkestra (I know up to 7 members)
To be covered (3): Simon Fox, Kelly Groucutt, Mik Kaminski
Not enough info (3): Terry Pardoe, Clive Poole, Chris Tew


PAUL LUCAS BAND


In 1993, we find Mac Poole playing in Paul Lucas band:

PAUL LUCAS BAND #?
1993-1994
Paul Lucas
bass
Mick Wayne
guitar
Jeff Bannister
keyboards
Mac Poole
drums
+ another keyboardist, unknown to me

Sadly, the great Mick Wayne died in June 1994, in Michigan, in a house fire, so I guess the band split.


TONY DANGERFIELD BAND (again)


This was the Dangerfield Band around 1999:

TONY DANGERFIELD BAND #?
?
Tony Dangerfield
vocals
Paul Green
guitar
Gavin Barnett
bass
Harvey Ellison
sax
Mac Poole
drums

Other info on members of Tony Dangerfield Band (I know up to 21 members)
Old pages (2): Mike Kellie, Nick Pentelow
To be covered (13): Martin Barre, Johnny Bedder, Bev Bevan, John Bonham, Tony Dangerfield, Harvey Ellison, Paul Green, Tony Hall, Jeff Lynne, Peter Parks, Nick Payn, Sid Phillips, Richard Tandy
Not enough info (5): Gavin Barnett, Mike Benson, Ron Blackie, Neil Norman, Ian X


SOLID GOLD


Paul Green replaces Alan Lovell in Solid Gold:

SOLID GOLD #?
?
Paul Green
guitar
Dave Glover
bass
Jeff Bannister
keyboards
Andy Hamilton
sax
Mac Poole
drums

Don´t know if Mac Poole played in other lineups of the band. Can someone help me here, please?

Other info on members of Solid Gold (I know up to 6 members)
To be covered (4): Jeff Bannister, Dave Glover, Paul Green, Andy Hamilton
Not enough info (1): Alan Lovell


ROCKIN´ HORSE


In 1996, Mac forms Rockin' Horse, a quartet playing inside a rock and roll show called ´Oh Boy! It´s only rock´n´roll´. They were also the houseband for the whole show. But I don't know the other members in the lineup. Help, please! Is the same band featuring Billy Kinsley?


WARHORSE (again)


20 years later after their separation, Warhorse plays one more gig in March 2005, as a special celebration for Mac Poole´s 60th birthday:

WARHORSE #?
Mar 05
Ashley Holt
vocals
Peter Parks
guitar
Nick Simper
bass
Frank Wilson
keyboards
Mac Poole
drums


ALAN WARNER BAND


Around 2009 (maybe before?), Alan Warner assembles a trio for backing sixties artists:

ALAN WARNER BAND #?
?
Alan Warner
guitar
Bob Morledge
bass
Mac Poole
drums

They played gigs backing Jet Harris, Mike Berry, Billie Davis and Tony Sheridan.

Other info on members of Alan Warner Band (I know up to 4 members)
Not enough info (3): Derek Mandel, Bob Morledge, Alan Warner


THE HONEYCOMBS


As far as I know, this is the latest incarnation of 60s band The Honeycombs:

THE HONEYCOMBS #
Tony Harte
vocals, guitar
Paul Green
guitar, vocals
Colin Fox
bass
Mac Poole
drums

They have a released a new album, Beyond the storm in 2009.

Other info on members of The Honeycombs (I know up to 14 members)
To be covered (1): Paul Green
Not enough info (12): Dennis D´ell, Colin Fox, Sophie Franks, Jim Green, Colin Hare, Tony Harte, Honey Lantree, John Lantree, Martin Murray, Peter Pye, Kelly Walsh, Alan Ward

Sadly, Mac Poole passed away on May 21st, 2015, due to throat cancer. Thanks for your music, Mac!

DISCOGRAPHY: (12 albums known to me - Status: Quite advanced)

ALBUMS AS A BAND MEMBER (8 credits)
  • Warhorse - Warhorse (November 1970)

    • Members: Ashley Holt, Ged Peck, Nick Simper, Frank Wilson (RIP: Mac Poole)
    • Technical: Ken Scott
    • Comments: CD reissue contains 5 bonus tracks (4 live tracks from the BBC + 1 demo). One of the vinyl reissues was made with a new title, Vulture blood.
  • Red sea - Warhorse (1972)

    • Members: Ashley Holt, Peter Parks, Nick Simper, Frank Wilson (RIP: Mac Poole)
    • Comments: CD reissue contains 6 bonus tracks.
  • Broken Glass - Broken Glass (April 1976)

    • Members: Robbie Blunt, Rob Rawlinson, Stan Webb (RIP: Mac Poole)
    • Guests: Miller Anderson
    • Producer: (RIP: Tony Ashton)
    • Comments: Broken Glass was the band formed by Stan Webb, former bandmate in Savoy Brown: Stan Webb (guitar, vocals), Robbie Blunt (guitar), Rob Rawlinson (bass), Mac Poole (drums). This album was produced by keyboardist Tony Ashton (who also plays in it), and it contains Miller Anderson guesting on guitar and vocals. Recorded in November 1975.
  • Humanesque - Jack Green (1980)

    • Members: Jack Green + Ian Ellis (RIP: Mac Poole)
    • Guests: Ritchie Blackmore + Brian Chatton, Mel Collins, Andy Dalby, Pete Tolson
    • Comments: Recorded during April and May 1980.
  • Future times - Nick Simper´s Fandango (1980)

    • Members: Peter Parks, Nick Simper (RIP: Mac Poole)
    • Comments: In 1994, a 2CD with the albums Slipstreaming and Future times was released, with 6 bonus tracks.
  • Rock & horror - Screaming Lord Sutch (1982)

    • Members: Bob Burgos, Matthew Fisher, Keith Grant, Robin Murly, Ray Neale, Iain Terry (RIP: Screaming Lord Sutch + Tony Dangerfield, Freddie Fingers Lee, Mac Poole)
    • Guests: Tony Hall, Pete Thomas (RIP: Rod De´Ath, Lou Martin)
    • Comments: This album was arranged by Rod De´Ath, where Lord Sutch re-recorded some of his most famous tunes.
  • Gong in the seventies - Gong (October 2006)

    • Members: Tim Blake, Steve Hillage (RIP: Daevid Allen, Pierre Moerlen, Mac Poole, Pip Pyle)
  • Beyond the storm - The Honeycombs (2009)

COMPILATIONS AS A BAND MEMBER (2 credits)
  • Screaming Lord Sutch story - Screaming Lord Sutch Band (1991)

    • Members: Avid Andersen, Angi Antinori, Jeff Beck, Ritchie Blackmore, Derek Bond, Rick Brown, Bob Burgos, Dick Errington, Tornado Evans, Ronnie Harwood, Ernie Hayes, Phil Kenzie, Tony Marsh, Noel McManus, Geoff Mew, Roger Mingay, Robin Murly, Ray Neale, Pete Newman, Paul Nicholas, Jimmy Page, Ken Payne, Pete Phillips, Reg Price, Stuart Taylor, Iain Terry, Ashton Toothill, Bernie Watson, Andy Wren (RIP: Screaming Lord Sutch + Tony Dangerfield, Nicky Hopkins, Carlo Little, Mac Poole)
    • Guests: Pete Thomas (RIP: Billy Adamson, Derry Wilkie)
    • Comments: There are 2 different editions, but one has 5 bonus tracks.
  • The Warhorse story - vols I & II - Warhorse (1997)

    • Members: Ashley Holt, Peter Parks, Ged Peck, Nick Simper, Frank Wilson (RIP: Mac Poole)
    • Comments: 2CD packaging their two albums, Warhorse and Red sea, including the 11 bonus tracks.
SESSIONS (2 credits)
  • Rich girl - George Hatcher (1978)

    • Guests: Pete Gosling, James Morgan, Geraint Watkins, Vic Young (RIP: Mac Poole)
    • Comments: Recorded in September 1978.
  • Brain damage - Dennis Bovell (1981)

    • Members: Dennis Bovell
    • Guests: Steve Gregory, Rico Rodrigues, Eddie Thornton (RIP: Mac Poole)

RELATED WEBSITE LINKS: 7


From the always interesting Alex's Picks (by Alex Gitlin), we have:

From the great site DME (by Dmitry M. Epstein), we have fantastic interviews:

Wikipedia doesn´t want to include links to this website, but I won´t do the same with them. So, from the great Wikipedia, we have:

THANKS:

Very Special Thanks to:
  • Mac Poole: for writing me with additional info (2003).
  • Ged Peck: for extensive info (including Marsha Hunt Band and Warhorse) (2003).
  • Ian Ellis: for info on Jack Green Band (2007).

  • Special Thanks to:
  • John H Warburg: for biographical info on Mac, as well as info on the Dangerfield/Greenie Big Band (2014).

  • Thanks to:
  • Marie Thorpe: for correcting my English (2008).

  • WHAT'S NEW:

    21/May/2015 - Added the sad news about Mac´s passing.
    05/November/2010 - Page added to the blog.
    25/September/2001 - Original page written by me (in the old site).

    RELATED MUSICIANS:

    Mac Poole mostly worked with these musicians: (name + number of credits)
    Nick Simper (4)
    Ashley Holt (3)
    Peter Parks (3)
    Frank Wilson (3)
    Ritchie Blackmore (2)
    Bob Burgos (2)
    Tony Dangerfield (2)
    Ian Kimmet (2)
    Robin Murly (2)
    Ray Neale (2)

    Page created by Miguel Terol on: 25/September/2001 - Last modified on: 29/May/2015. If you want to contribute with info, please write to: molympus1@gmail.com

    Please, note than you can check the indexes (musicians, bands, obituaries) at the top of this page.

    1 comment:

    1. Nightlife, after one months of reherseall debi gig in Kensington (London) on 17.02.1980 (NME)

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