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Man - Merthyr Tydfil band, (formed 1968). Orig line up: Micky Jones (gtr,voc), Clive John (keys), Ray Williams (bass), Jeff Jones (drms) & Deke Leonard (gtr,voc). Through the years Man have had 14 different line-ups & recorded 13 albums. Micky Jones being the only ever present. Signed to Pye label 1969, , rel LPs ‘Revelation’ & ‘Two Ounces Of Plastic With A Hole In The Middle’. Revelation being brought to the public's attention with the controversial track Erotica - supposedly & quite probably recorded live! They later released ‘Man’ in1970 & ‘Do You Like It Here Now, Are You Settling In?’ in 1971 with the line-up of Deke Leonard, Micky Jones, Martin Ace & drummer Terry Williams (both from The Dream). Rel a ltd edition LP ‘Live At The Padget Rooms’ in 1972 rec in Penarth near Cardiff. Next LP ‘Be Good To Yourself At Least Once A Day’ in 1972 featured only 4 tracks - C'mon, Keep on Crinting, Bananas & Life on the Road. The line-up here being - Micky Jones, Phil Ryan, Clive John, Terry Williams & Will Youatt (bass). The follow up to this recording was Back Into The Future in 1973 which included a live set from London's Roundhouse featuring the Gwalia Male Voice Choir on "C'mon". It was here that Man demonstrated their versatility & experimentation which worked successfully. The line up here was Micky Jones, Terry Williams, Phil Ryan on keyboards from The Eyes of Blue & Tweke Lewis on bass. Having previously left the band Deke Leonard returned to feature on ‘Rhinos, Winos & Lunatics’ in 1974. The line-up was now Deke Leonard, Micky Jones, Terry Williams, Ken Whaley (bass) & Malcolm Morley (keys). This LP hit No.24 in the UK album charts & was their most successful album to date. They followed up this with ‘Slow Motion’ in 1974 which featured Micky Jones, Deke Leonard, Ken Whaley & Terry Williams. A short while after this album the band encountered legendary guitarist John Cippolina of Quicksilver Messenger Service who showed up at a rehearsal one day when they were in USA & asked to sit in. He later joined them on tour - & appeared with them at the London Roundhouse. The gig was recorded & released as the album ‘Maximum Darkness’ in 1975. Next came ‘The Welsh Connection’ in 1976, which failed to enter the charts. This was followed by a farewell live set called ‘All's Well That Ends Well’ rec in 1977. Terry Williams left to join Dave Edmunds Rockpile, Nick Lowe & eventually Dire Straits. Deke Leonard & Micky Jones formed their own bands for a while. In the 1990's, Deke & Micky started playing together again & re-formed the Man band, with Martin Ace & drummer John 'Pugwash' Weathers. They then released ‘The Twang Dynasty’ album following it up with ‘Call Down The Moon’ in 1996. The band still contnues to play today, although ill-health has forced Deke Leonard to lay low for a while. For more facts & statistics on the Man band see the back cover notes to Deke Leonard's book entitled Rhinos Winos & Lunatics.

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