Nicholson, who had previously been a member of the successful group
Marmalade, formed this Scottish band with Ian MacMillan and Timi Donald in
1973. They released their
first two albums on the RSO label, which is known for its work with the Bee
Gees, and those released after that were on Elton Johns Rocket label. Their first single release was
"Little Jody" which had previously been a Marmalade recording, but
it did not have any chart success.
They decided to sign up Robert "Smiggy" Smith as another
guitarist and in 1974 released the LP Life in the Navy. Timmy Donald and Robert
"Smiggy" Smith left the band shortly after and Charlie Smith and
David Nicholson were taken on in their place. This new line-up changed the band's fortunes when
"Gonna Capture Your Heart" made it into the UK charts, peaking at
No. 18, and broke into the United States where it scratched the surface of
the Billboard chart at No. 88.
This led to two US tours where they would be on the same bill as the
Beach Boys and Frank Zappa, several tours of the UK and their appearance at
the Reading Festival saw Elton John accompanying them on the keyboards as
well as producing and performing on two of their albums, using the
pseudonym Redget Bunthaven.
This was their one and only chart hit though and although they
carried on releasing further albums until 1979, they decided after that it
was time to disband. The
band has often been revived to tour and make further recordings and they
came to the fore again in 2003 when they lost a case against the boy band
that also uses the same name as the judge ruled it was not a problem to
distinguish between the two groups.
No sharing the name with another band, they still continue to
occasionally work together.
MacMillan (vocals/bass guitar)
"Smiggy" Smith (vocals/guitar)
McCulloch (guitar)(live performances)
Conway (session drummer)
John (producer, backing vocals and keyboards on two albums)
Capture Your Heart (Hugh Nicholson)