The Move

The Move (English " the movement " ) was a British rock band from Birmingham from the 1960s and early 1970s.


The band was founded in late 1965 as a sort of supergroup the Birmingham music scene of Carl Wayne (vocals), Chris ' Ace ' Kefford (bass) and Bev Bevan (drums), all of Carl Wayne and the Vikings, Roy Wood ( Guitar) by Mike Sheridan and the Nightriders ( shortly thereafter renamed Idle Race ), Trevor Burton (guitar ), Danny King and the Mayfair Set.

Supposedly came The Move about through a tip from David Bowie. Even drummer John Bonham ( Led Zeppelin later ) was asked, but refused.

The group was due to the strong promotion of their manager Tony Secunda, who also worked for Moody Blues, known quickly Birmingham addition. They soon had regular appearances at London's Marquee Club, and were compared with The Who. 1967 came out the first single, " Night of Fear", which, as most of the songs, written by Roy Wood. Secunda tripped over a small scandal, because the group was sued by British Prime Minister Harold Wilson for defamation after he published the appearance of the single " Flowers in the Rain" an offensive promotional postcard. The royalties from the song go today to charities. New manager Don Arden has now.

In 1968, the first LP " The Move". Shortly after Kefford left the band. Burton then played bass. He, too, left the group before the next LP " Shazam " in 1970 and was replaced by Rick Price. There was apparently a long -time disagreement over musical direction. The only U.S. tour was disappointing. For The Move was probably the only British top group of the 1960s, which did not arrive in America. For a short time Peter Walsh took over the management, who wanted to lead the group in a comedy direction. Carl Wayne, who preferred this direction, threatened after the flop of Single Wild Tiger Woman to his departure, if not would soon follow a No. 1 hit. This arrived promptly with Blackberry Way. Due to inconsistencies and Roy Woods new orchestral rock project, Carl Wayne left but in January 1970 the group. With Wayne leaving manager Peter Walsh was fired and replaced again by Don Arden. For Carl Wayne was Jeff Lynne from the group " Idle Race " in the earlier Roy Wood had played when they still had the name " Mike Sheridan and the Nightriders ". From this period comes the third album " Looking On ". The first piece on the Lynne starred, Brontosaurus is. The last album "Message from the Country", even without Rick Price, finally appeared in 1971.

Jeff Lynne was The Move only joined because he had been promised the formation of a new band. Rick Price did not like this new orientation and left the group because there was very little even to gigs for a long time. On the first ELO piece he still plays with.

First, parallel to The Move pursued the three remaining musicians from 1971, the project Electric Light Orchestra ( ELO), a band that came to meet Woods experimental ambitions and multi- instrumental skills. The Move came about in the background and in 1972 after publication of the last single California Man ​​dissolved. Roy Wood, however, broke up after the first LP back from the Electric Light Orchestra and took over the contractual obligations of The Move with the group Wizzard, when Rick Price also starred again.

Carl Wayne later worked as well as John Bonham still with recordings of Roy Wood with. In 2000, he was lead singer of the Hollies. He died in 2004 from cancer.


  • Bev Bevan ( drums, percussion, vocals)
  • Roy Wood (vocals, guitar, bass, cello, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone)
  • Carl Wayne (vocals ) to 1970
  • Ace Kefford ( bass) to 1968
  • Trevor Burton (guitar, bass, vocals) to 1970
  • Rick Price (bass, guitar, vocals) 1970-1971
  • Jeff Lynne (vocals, guitar, piano, percussion ) from 1970



  • Night of Fear / The Disturbance (1967 UK # 2)
  • I Can Hear the Grass Grow / Wave The Flag And Stop The Train (1967 UK # 5)
  • Flowers in the Rain / The Lemon Tree (1967 UK # 2: First track on BBC Radio 1 )
  • Fire Brigade / Walk Upon The Water (1968 UK # 3)
  • Wild Tiger Woman / Omnibus (1968 )
  • Blackberry Way / Something (1968 UK # 1)
  • Curly (1969 UK # 12)
  • Brontosaurus / Lightning Never Strikes Twice (1970 UK # 5)
  • When Alice Comes Back To The Farm / Kilroy Was Here (1970 )
  • Tonight (1971 UK # 11)
  • Chinatown (1971 UK # 24)
  • California Man ​​(1972 UK # 7)
  • Do Ya ( B-side of California Man, as an A- side in 1972, U.S., 1974 UK, 1976 by Electric Light Orchestra reissued )


  • The Move ( 1968)
  • Something Else (EP, 1968)
  • Shazam (1970)
  • Looking On (1970 )
  • Message from the Country (1971 )
  • Split Ends (1973, U.S.)


In 2007 appeared the two albums " The Move" and " Shazam " first time on CD, each featuring several bonus tracks. Of particular importance among these are some available for the first time, some even longer stereo versions, such as the title "Flowers in the Rain", " Here We Go Round the Lemon Tree " and " Fire Brigade". Basis of these publications were the first untraceable original master tapes of the album " The Move", including multi-track recording, which were eventually discovered, among others, in a forgotten warehouse of a London railway station.