Origins - Tony Jackson & The Vibrations


The Soul Detectives are an English 60's/70's classic soul/blues band whos origins can be traced all the way back to 1964 and Tony Jackson former lead singer of The Searchers. After leaving The Searchers Tony decided to hold auditions for a new band. This was headline news at the time as The Searchers were second only to The Beatles in terms of popularity. 

After auditioning hundreds of prospective musicians Tony eventually chose Martin Raymond on Keyboards, Ian Buisel on Lead Guitar and Paul Francis on Drums to join himself who would be on vocals and bass guitar. The new band was called Tony Jackson and The Vibrations. The new band were soon to be in the recording studio to record many popular hits. Their first single "Bye Bye Baby" became a Top 40 hit in October that year. Soon after its release they began to make appearances on popular TV music shows such as Ready Steady Go! and Top of the Pops. This was followed by a string of singles which included "Love Potion No.9", "Stage Door" and "You Beat Me to the Punch". 

After a few months of success, the first person to leave the group was keyboard player Martin Raymond. He was briefly replaced by Ian Green. Eventually the band settled on a line-up consisting of Tony Jackson on vocals, Dennis Thompson on bass, Ian Buisel on lead guitar and Paul Francis on drums. This line-up remained until 1968 after which the group disbanded.

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