During the 60’s Ray Dorey, Dave Taylor, Stuart Edwards and George Weyman
were not unlike many other young men of their age in that they were all
drawn like moths to a flame to the emerging musical influences of that
They all at some time during the early 60’s found themselves at the
Adelphi in Slough, albeit in different seats and without the others’
knowledge. Their paths wouldn’t cross until the mid 60’s.
It was at the Adelphi that they would listen to and watch the big names
from across the Atlantic. Names such as Little Richard, Gene Vincent,
Del Shannon, Dion & the Belmonts and many, many more.
In 1964 they
found themselves at the same venue (still unknown to each other) to see
Suddenly the whole music scene exploded with not only The Beatles and
all the other Liverpool bands but the Rolling Stones, the Who, the
Kinks, and the Move.
The Americans provided both Tamla and Stax together with Dylan, the
Beach boys, the Doors, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin and countless
others.It was love and peace, Kaftans and beads, a psychedelic hedonism
that took over the world during those hazy days.
Ray, at this time played with several bands namely “The Avengers”
“Tyburn ashes” and “Society” Dave (whilst still at school) joined “The
KingBees” and, later on “Mark Barry”.
Stuart was a founder member of “That Group” later to become “Chocolate
Oliver” and George was a part of “The GeeBees”
Their paths eventually crossed around 1966 although they didn’t become a
band until 1968.
“Greenfield Hammer” was formed and, playing everything from Beatles to
Dylan, Stones to Moody Blues they gigged from Southend to Nottingham and
all points in between.
It was in December 1969 that their agent invited them to an audition for
a couple of song writers called Tony Macaulay and Barry Mason. It was
being held at a pub in London.
After much deliberation and sleight of hand (they were all doing “Proper
jobs” as well as gigging) they found themselves auditioning for Tony
Macaulay and Barry Mason on a Wednesday afternoon in a Pub in the
Tottenham Court Road. London.
The rest, as they say……………………………
The ensuing whirlwind saw them team up with Tony Burrows to record “Love
grows” and it hit the top of the charts in January 1970.
“Love grows” remained at No 1 for 5 weeks and stayed in the top 20 for
12 weeks. It also made the top Ten all over Europe, America and the far