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The group formed in 1958 as Brian Poole and the Tremeloes, and were initially cast in the Buddy Holly and the Crickets mould. Decca notoriously chose them over the Beatles, whom they had auditioned on the same day. They first charted with a version of “Twist And Shout ” (1963), which owed much to the Beatles' version, followed by a chart-topping cover of The Contours' U.S. million-seller “Do You Love Me ” in the same year. Before they parted company with Brian Poole in 1966, their covers of Roy Orbison's B-side, 'Candy Man ' and The Crickets' B-side ballad, 'Someone Someone ' (both 1964) entered the U.K. Top Ten, with the latter peaking at number two.
Once Poole had left, and after a couple of near misses, the group (with Len 'Chip' Hawkes (father of 1990s one-hit wonder Chesney Hawkes) replacing bassist Alan Howard ) started an even more successful hit run in 1967 with Cat Stevens' “Here Comes My Baby”, “Suddenly You Love Me”, “Hello World”, and “My Little Lady”, and their number-one recording of an old Four Seasons' B-side “Silence Is Golden ”. Both this last single and “Here Comes My Baby” also entered the U.S. Top Twenty. Their regular hits were accompanied by frequent appearances on BBC's Top of the Pops television programme. Their songs were popular with younger music fans and parents rather than rock-music fans. Altogether, without Poole the group had nine U.K. Top Twenty hits.
Their “Me and My Life” was a hit in 1974, but they caused themselves problems by insulting some of their buying public, and had no hits after that. Their music is still available on CD, and they quite often play concerts and are part of the pop-revival shows that tour the U.K.
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