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The Nashville Teens
The Nashville Teens was a rock group formed 1962 in Surrey. Shortly after forming they backed Carl Perkins in his first European tour. They were then a part of the British Invasion and their major hit, "Tobacco Road", reached #14 in the U.S. charts in 1964. Their follow up, "Google Eye," writen by John D. Loudermilk who had previously authored "Tobacco Road," failed to make the Top 40 and the group drifted off the public's radar. At the time of "Tobacco Road" the band consisted of Ray Phillips and Arthur Sharp on lead vocals (Phillips doubling on harmonica), John Hawken on keyboards, John Allen on guitar, Pete Shannon on bass and Barry Jenkins on drums. Jenkins was to leave the band in 1966 to join The Animals.
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