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SABRES

The Sabres consisted of “Q” Martin Cure (vocals), Steve Jones (guitar), Graham Amos (bass) Paul Wilkinson (drums) and former Zodiacs guitarist Terry Wyatt (guitar). Formed in 1960 they were prolific players, even becoming part of a travelling circus. They became The Peeps in 1965. Their Manager Frank Jones (father of their guitarist and main songwriter Steve), was known for creating some fantastic press for the band, much of it unfounded. “He came up with some great press stories”, admits Martin Cure,” Like the one about us travelling 8,000 miles to tour Eastern Europe and being the second British band to play in Czechoslovakia. None of it was true, but it made great press and got us noticed”.

 

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“The Sabres became part of Sir Robert Fossett’s Circus in 1962 and toured with it for seven months. We did a 15 minute set to drag in the older kids, and it was during the Jelly Baby craze that Ringo of The Beatles had initiated. So kids would throw tons of Jelly Babies at us. Our set was immediately followed by the elephants, and their keeper hated us because the elephants didn’t like walking on the jelly babies and it was hard to get them to perform. It was an interesting seven months, we learnt a lot of things and as we were part of the circus we all had to muck in and help put the tents up. Though I don’t think we ever really fitted in, but it was all good press for us”.

Martin Cure

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