The Outlaws (band)

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The Outlaws were an English instrumental band that recorded in the early 1960s.[1] One-time members included Chas Hodges, ( bass ) , (born Charles Nicholas Hodges in 1943), Bobby Graham (born Robert Francis Neate in 1940), Ken Lundgren, Ritchie Blackmore (born Richard Hugh Blackmore in 1945), Mick Underwood (born Michael John Underwood, 1945), Reg Hawkins (born Reginald Hawkins, in 1942), Billy Kuy (born William John Kuy Jnr., 12 December 1940) and others.[1]

The Outlaws
Also known asThe Chaps, The Rally Rounders, The Six Shooters, The Admirals
OriginLondon, England
GenresInstrumental rock, pop
Years active1960–1965
Associated actsJoe Meek (producer)
Past membersChas Hodges
Billy Kuy
Bobby Graham
Reg Hawkins
Ken Lundgren
Lorne Greene
Don Groom
Rodger Mingaye
Mick Underwood
Ritchie Blackmore
Harvey Hinsley
Edward Watson Ray (Biffo) Byhart rhythm guitar.

Their name was originally conceived by Joe Meek (born Robert George Meek in 1929), who needed a backing group for Mike Berry's "Set Me Free" in 1960 , after , according to Meek Biographer , John Repsch , Meek had fired Berry's original backing group , The Statesmen . [1] After that recording, they continued being one of the house bands of his recording studio at 304 Holloway Road, London. As such, they were used for recordings, demos and auditions. Many of their songs were written by Meek, and credited to one or other of his pseudonyms, either Robert Duke or Peter Jacobs; the latter of which he used on The Outlaws' "Shake with Me".

They appeared as themselves in the 1963 British film, Live It Up!.

In addition to featuring on three hit singles backing Mike Berry (born Michael Hubert Bourne in 1942), they also recorded singles in their own right. One of these , ' Bike Beat ' , for Raleigh Bicycle Company , ( see below ) , even had dance instructions created especially for it , printed on the picture sleeve , with bicycle references : "Grab a girl at random , make like a tandem " .

In 1990 , all of their 1960s singles were issued on ' The Outlaws Ride Again ( the Singles A's and B's ) ' , on the See For Miles Label , SEE CD 303 .Catelo [2]



With the line-up : Billy Kuy (b. William John Kuy Junior, 12 December 1940), Bobby Graham, Chas Hodges, Reg Hawkins

  • "Swingin' Low" b/w "Spring is Near" (March 1961) - UK #46[2]
  • "Ambush" b/w "Indian Brave" (June 1961) - UK #43[2]
  • "Valley of the Sioux" b/w "Crazy Drums" (September 1961)

With the line-up : Ken Lundgren, Don Groom (born Donald Groom, 10 November 1939, Walthamstow, East London), Chas Hodges (born 28 December 1943, Edmonton North London) Roger Mingaye (born in 1942)

  • "Ku-Pow!" b/w "Last Stage West" (February 1962)
  • "Sioux Serenade" b/w "Fort Knox" (12 October 1962)

With the line-up : Mick Underwood, Ken Lundgren, Chas Hodges, Ritchie Blackmore

  • "Poppin' Medley Part 1". b/w "Poppin' Medley Part 2". Released as The Chaps (7 December 1962) Parlophone R4979
  • "Return of The Outlaws" b/w "Texan Spiritual" (February 1963)
  • "That Set the Wild West Free" b/w "Hobo" (August 1963) (note: Underwood does not appear on "Hobo")
  • "The Bike Beat 1" b/w "The Bike Beat 2" as The Rally Rounders (1964) Lyntone LYN 573 : Flexidisc : (for Raleigh Bicycle Company )
  • "Law and Order" b/w "Do Da Day" (December 1963)
  • "Keep a Knockin'" b/w "Shake with Me" (3 April 1964). Note : John Peel credits ' Shake with Me ' as the first Heavy Metal recording , according to the liner notes of the CD 'The Outlaws Ride Again (Singles A's and B's)':-

With the line-up : Mick Underwood, Ken Lundgren, Chas Hodges, Harvey Hinsley

  • "Don't Cry" (F. Self, A. Fielding) b/w "Only for You" (Thomas; Groom) (February 1966) [Note: United States only, vocal single, produced by Derek Lawrence. The b-side to this release features Mick Underwood, Nicky Hopkins, Chas Hodges, Ritchie Blackmore]


  • Dream of the West (HMV, December 1961)

Re-released , with additional tracks :- Swingin' Low; Valley of the Sioux; Crazy Drums: and John Leyton and Mike Berry recordings :'Dream of the West The Outlaws ' : Coronet CCD2002, in 2012.


  1. ^ a b c "Biography by Bruce Eder". Retrieved 7 March 2009.
  2. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 412. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.

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