7-inch Garage/Psychedelic Rock U.K. 1960s The Sorrows – “Take A Heart”

7-inch Garage/Psychedelic Rock U.K. 1960s 

The Sorrows (Coventry, Warwickshire, U.K.), Beat, Freakbeat, Mod, Rock And Roll band

Related Artists :
The Eggy, The Primitives, Rog & Pip, Zips

7-inch A’ Side single

“Take A Heart” (written by Miki Dallon) A’ Side single released on Piccadilly Records (7N.35260). It is also included on the album “Take A Heart” (A3 track) released on Piccadilly Records (NPL 38023) in November 1965

Line-up/Credits :

Don Maughn – vocals
Philip “Pip” Witcher – lead guitar
Wez Price – rhythm guitar
Philip Packham – bass guitar
Bruce Finlay – drums

A’ Side Single “Take A Heart” (B’ Side single “We Should Get Along Fine”, written by D. Fardon, P. Whitcher)

Published By – WelbeckPublished By – Millwick Ltd.

Album “Take A Heart”

Distributed By – Pye Records (Sales) Ltd.

Made By – Garrod & Lofthouse

Printed By – Garrod & Lofthouse

Producer – John Schroeder

Track-List :

1. Baby – 2:26
2. No, No, No, No – 2:36
3. Take a Heart – 3:17
4. She’s Got The Action – 1:51
5. How Love Used To Be – 3:23
6. Teenage Letter – 2:26
7. I Don’t Wanna Be Free – 2:39
8. Don’t Sing No Sad Songs For Me – 2:21
9. Cara-Lin – 2:41
10.We Should Get Along Fine – 2:29
11.Come With Me – 1:59
12.Let Me In – 2:46

Lyrics :

First you take a heart, then you break her heart
But before you do, you make it fall for you
Then you give it back, ahh you shouldn’t do that
Seen you walk that floor just a-thinking of you
You seen me walk that floor baby, right out of my school
Somebody help me please, tell me what to do
Just send an S.O.S., my heart’s in distress
Won’t somebody please take her place
Well I found her there, searching everywhere
Watch you breaking my heart baby
First you take a heart, then you break her heart
But before you do, you make it fall for you
Then you give it back, ahh you shouldn’t do that
Seen you walk that floor just a-thinking of you
You seen me walk that floor baby, right out of my school
Somebody help me please, tell me what to do
Send me an S.O.S., my heart’s in distress
Won’t somebody please take her place
Well I found her there, searching everywhere
Oh you shouldn’t do that (oh you shouldn’t do that)
Oh you shouldn’t do that (oh you shouldn’t do that)
Oh you shouldn’t do that baby (oh you shouldn’t do that)
Oh you shouldn’t do that
You know you broke my heart, you made me fall for you
You know you shouldn’t do that
You know you shouldn’t do that
Songwriters: Miki Dallon
One of the most overlooked bands of the British Invasion, the Sorrows offered a tough brand of R&B-infused rock that recalled the Pretty Things (though not as R&B-oriented) and the Kinks (though not as pop-oriented). Their biggest British hit, “Take a Heart,” stopped just outside the U.K. Top 20; several other fine mid-’60s singles met with either slim or a total lack of success. With the rich, gritty vocals of Don Fardon, taut raunchy guitars, and good material (both self-penned and from outside writers), they rank as one of the better British bands of their era, and certainly among the very best never to achieve success of any kind in the U.S. After their sole LP (also titled Take a Heart), they issued a couple of singles with psychedelic and Dylanesqueovertones, and had somehow relocated to Italy in the late ’60s, where they played out their string with material in a much more progressive (and less distinctive) vein. Don Fardon had a Top 20 hit in America with a pre-Raiders version of “Indian Reservation” in 1968.
The Sorrows are a rock band formed in 1963 in Coventry, Warwickshire, England by Pip Whitcher, and were part of the British beat boom of the 1960s. They were a fixture in the English mod scene and are sometimes referred to as freakbeat.

The band was formed in 1963, and toured Germany for a month, playing several sets each day. The band’s first recording was a version of “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes”, recorded in Joe Meek’s bathroom. They were signed by Pye subsidiary Piccadilly Records, and began working with producer John Schroeder. Their line-up included Fardon, Whitcher, Juckes, Packham and Finlay.

The Sorrows released their first album, Take a Heart, in 1965 on Piccadilly. The Sorrows played a hard, aggressive version of contemporary R&B; later this style of music was termed freakbeat.

After the band reached some minor chart positions on the UK Singles Chart, Phil Packham and Don Fardon left the group. Fardon had a UK chart hit with “Indian Reservation”. Wez Price joined the group on bass guitar, Roger Lomas became lead guitarist, and Pip Whitcher did vocals. The band relocated to Italy, where they were moderately successful. Whitcher and Lomas later recorded at Air Studios under Mike Sullivan.

Lomas in the early 1980s became a record producer for his own company, ROLO productions, and produced 1980s ska bands such as Bad Manners. In 2003 Lomas produced the Grammy Award winning album, Jamaican E.T. for Lee “Scratch” Perry.

In 2011, the band was re-formed by Fardon and Packham, and they began performing live again. The new line-up comprised Fardon (vocals), Packham (bass guitar and vocals), Nigel Lomas (drums and vocals), Marcus Webb (guitar) and Brian Wilkins (guitar, harmonica and vocals).

Discography :

Singles :

  • “I Don’t Wanna Be Free” / “Come With Me” (Piccadilly 7N 35219) 1965
  • “Baby” / “Teenage Letter” (Piccadilly 7N 35230) 1965
  • “Take a Heart” / “We Should Get Along Fine” (Piccadilly 7N 35260/Warner Bros. 5662 [US release]) 1965 – UK Singles Chart – No. 21
  • “Nimm mein Herz” (German version of “Take a Heart”) / “Sie war mein Girl” (Deutsche Vogue DV 14 449) 1965
  • “You’ve Got What I Want” / “No No No No” (Piccadilly 7N 35277) 1966
  • “Let The Live Live” / “Don’t Sing No Sad Songs For Me” (Piccadilly 7N 35309) 1966
  • “Let Me In” / “How Love Used To Be” (Piccadilly 7N 35336) 1966
  • “Pink, Purple, Yellow and Red” / “My Gal” (Piccadilly 7N 35385) 1967
  • “Gonna Find A Cave”/”Dont Do That”, “Doin Alright Tonight” (EP) (Rise Above, RISE7188) 2014

Albums :

  • Take a Heart – (Pye NPL 38023), (1965) (“Baby” / “No No No No” / “Take a Heart” / “She’s Got The Action” / “How Love Used To Be” / “Teenage Letter” / “I Don’t Wanna Be Free” / “Don’t Sing No Sad Songs For Me” / “Cara-lin” / “We Should Get Along Fine” / “Come With Me” / “Let Me In”)
  • Old Songs, New Songs – (Miura MIU 10011) (1967); officially reissued on CD by Wooden Hill Records (#WHCD026) – 2009
  • Pink, Purple, Yellow and Red – (LP, Bam-Caruso KIRI 089) (1987)
  • The Sorrows – (CD, Sequel Records NEXCD 165) (1991)

Line up 1: Don Maughan (Don Fardon) (vocals), Pip Whitcher (lead guitar), Terry Jukes (rhythm guitar), Phil Packham  (bass), Bruce Finlay (drums).(From Broadgate Gnome)

Line up 2 
Don Fardon – (born Donald Maughn, 19 August 1940, Coventry) – Lead vocals
Philip (Pip) Whitcher – (born 1943, Coventry) – lead guitar and vocals
Philip (Phil) Packham – (born 13 June 1945, Bidford-on-Avon) – bass guitar
Wez Price – (born Wesley Price, 19 July 1945, Coventry) – rhythm guitar
Bruce Finley – (born 20 September 1944, Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland) – drums

Lineup 3 Philip “Pip” Whitcher – vocals, lead guitar / Wez Price – bass / Roger Lomas – guitar / Bruce Finlay – drums
Lineup 4 Chuck Fryers- vocals organ, guitar / Wez Price – bass / Chris Smith – keyboards / Mick Bradley – drums
‘Freakbeat’ sound of The Sorrows can be enjoyed again; YOUR nostalgia Telegraph contributor Pete Clemons charts their history and comeback, which includes dates in London and Italy so far. SEMINAL Coventry band The Sorrows enjoyed success in the Sixties with their hallmark sound. Rock fan and regular.

FOR those who may not have noticed, seminal Coventry band, The Sorrows, have regrouped and are currently playing gigs around Coventry.

Prior to the first gig at The Arches snooker club, Spon End, back in December 2011, the five musicians had been rehearsing hard for the previous three months.

And the sensational results of this comeback means that the band have been signed by London management and could well be scheduled for work on the continent that includes theatres and festivals for 2012.

There is even talk of a new album. The band’s current line-up is Don Fardon (vocals) Phil Packham (bass), Nigel Lomas (drums), Marcus Webb (lead guitar) and Brian Wilkinson (rhythm guitar and harmonica).

The Sorrows were originally formed way back in 1963 in Coventry by Pip Whitcher. They gigged hard around the city at venues like The Craftsman, The Pilot, The Heath Hotel and The Orchid Ballroom. The line-up back then was Philip (Pip) Whitcher (lead guitar and vocals), Don Fardon (vocals), Philip (Phil) Packham (bass guitar), Terry Jukes (rhythm guitar) and Bruce Finley (drums).

The gained a manager in David Owen and not long after the band had recorded their first 45rpm, ‘I Don’t Wanna be Free’ during December 1964, Jukes left and was replaced on rhythm guitar by Wez Price.

While plying their trade in the local night clubs their reputation was spreading far and wide. This resulted in the group being discovered by A & R man and Piccadilly’s label manager John Schroeder.

They also gained a London agent in Maurice King. Gigs up and down the country now flowed in.

The Sorrows were now poised for greatness. They produced an album that was released in December 1965 called Take a Heart on the Piccadilly Records label which, in turn, was a subsidiary of Pye Records. The band also produced a string of singles and EPs. All original releases are now very sought after in the collectors’ market. By 1966 and after gaining several top 10 chart positions on the UK Singles Chart with their releases, Phil Packham and Don Fardon left the band. Fardon went solo and, in 1970, achieved great success by having a top 3 UK chart hit success with ‘Indian Reservation’.

Later on in 1966 saw the band soldiering on with Wez Price taking Phil Packham’s place on bass guitar, while Pip Whitcher focusing more on vocals. Bruce, Pip and Wez were then offered a part in a major package tour in Italy. However, they urgently required a fourth member. So Roger Lomas, Nigel’s brother, was drafted in and became lead guitarist. The band then relocated to Italy where they, again, received considerable success. Despite playing to huge arenas the band returned home in 1967, penniless.

However their time in Italy had not been totally in vain as it had raised the band’s profile. So back they went again. This period saw the band release the excellent single ‘Pink, Purple, Yellow, Red’ and cut an LP entitled Old Songs, New Songs in 1968. ‘Old Songs, New Songs’ was a mixture of group originals and covers This version of the band continued for almost three years before eventually folding for good. Well, not actually for good because The Sorrows have reformed occasionally during the intervening years. One noteworthy comeback that I remember was a short residency at The Dive in the city centre (downstairs at the Lady Godiva pub).

This particular line-up was Chuck Fryers (guitar and vocals), Chris Smith (keyboards), Wez Price (bass) and Mick Bradley (drums).

In essence, their style of music has been a mix of beat and contemporary R&B. During the mid-60s, this brand of music was termed as ‘Freakbeat’.

The band has often been quoted as ‘one of the most overlooked groups of the British Invasion’. The band’s hallmark sound has been described as raucous, yet controlled, vocals, fast guitar solos underpinned by heavy bass and frantic drumming. Although the musicianship was excellent throughout the band, this style of music failed to achieve the success it deserved.

It has been said that this was because ‘freakbeat’ was just too far ahead of its time.

After The Sorrows Roger Lomas became a record producer for his own company, ROLO productions, and produced for bands such as The Specials, The Selecter and Bad Manners. In 2003 he produced the Grammy Award winning album, Jamaican E.T. for Lee “Scratch” Perry.

Wez Price joined Indian Summer and Pip Whitcher joined local band The Eggy with both Nigel and Roger Lomas. Both are now, as I understand, retired from music but both have seen the latest reincarnation of the band. Bruce Finlay was, apparently, last heard of living in Alaska.

Already lined up for a major London date in April, along with some work in Italy, let us hope that 2012 continues strongly for The Sorrows and brings them the overdue success they so fully deserve.

Coventry’s biggest group of the ’60’s actually only had one major hit, but released a number of superb, tough R&B singles and a very rare album.

Above is the original line up. Maughan had previously been in The Hawks. A hard gigging band, they played blues and beat and secured a twice a week residency at the Pilot in Radford, building up a faithful large following.They also played at Coventry City’s Highfield Road ground during half time.

They were signed to Pye’s Piccadilly label by producer John Schroeder and released a tough, self-penned a-side for their first single.

Jukes left soon after and was replaced by ex-Unknowns guitarist Wes Price. This line-up recorded the Shuman / Westlake composed second single. Although another good performance, the single failed to sell in the quantities needed to chart and the band were demoralised enough to consider splitting. However they heard a song which was to be their first (and only UK) hit. It was the Boys Blue’s version of ‘Take A Heart’ , written by Miki Dallon (aka Mickey Tinsley).

Tony Fennell tells us, “I recorded “Take a Heart” with the Sorrows as a session drummer and worked with Johnny Goodison’s Showband.

Bruce Finlay left the Sorrows and I recorded Take a Heart and No No No + 1 other track which escapes my memory. This was at Piccadilly Studio with John Schroeder (Cast your fate to the wind fame). Between release of the single I left Coventry to move to Bristol.

They recorded a superb moody version of the song and were rewarded by a number 21 position in the UK charts in
September 1965, it also became a huge hit in Europe and eventually the U.S. For the following few months it looked as if the band were on the brink of major success, but the important follow up single failed to perform in the charts (reaching number 47 in the N.M.E.) .

The Sorrows music was raucous upbeat frenzied hard aggressive rock with great musicianship and an incredible drum beat.

Pye had already scheduled an album release, and this duly came out at the end of 1965.Although containing a few previously released tracks, it was a great demonstration of their talents and styles mixing R&B, Beat, Folk Rock and raw punk attitude, it nevertheless failed to sell in enough quantities to stop it becoming quickly deleted, and is now one of the more sought after artifacts of the beat era.

Again despondency set in as further U.K. singles failed to sell and Maughan and Packham left. However the remaining 3 members were offered a major tour of Italy (where ‘Take A Heart’ had been a big hit) playing in huge, 30,000 to 40,000 seater Football stadiums providing they did it as a 4 -piece. They recruited Roger Lomas from The Clouds and with Wes Price on bass, set out on the package tour playing alongside the likes of Charles Aznovour!!. The reaction was so great , they decided to settle in Italy during 1966. During that year they were major pop stars there, frequently having their hotels mobbed by enthusiastic fans, who blocked the roads outside, holding up posters of the band !!.The band spent too long following up their successes and this coupled with management problems saw the band famous, but with no money, they toured, but were practically starving and by early 1967 they were out of favour with the fickle mid-’60’s pop audience.

Lomas moved back to Coventry in September 1967, Whitcher followed soon after.

Their profile in Italy was such that they were offered a record deal and went back there to record the ‘Old Songs, New Songs’ album in 1968.

And from Rex Brough

Coventry’s greatest 60’s band. Their sound was similar to the R ‘n B bands like the Kinks

and the Pretty things – raw energy. Their only hit, “Take a Heart,” reached number 25. They were featured on Ready Steady Go, demonstrating to Cathy McGowan how they got their unique drum sound (towels over the toms). They issued one LP in this form. Don Maughn and Philip Packham left, Philip Whitcher, taking over lead vocals. At this point Take a heart, hit in Italy, so Roger Lomas was recruited. The group moved to Italy, where they had some success. Their last single “Pink, Purple, Yellow and Red” is a freakbeat classic. The third lineup recorded an album, mainly of covers, “Old songs, New songs”

Wes Price did one tour and a single with Indian Summer. Phil Whitcher after being in theEggy, was in a short-lived studio group with Roger Lomas and Paul Hooper called the Zips. He later joined joined Torquays “Brummies in Exile” in the 90’s. Don Maughn changed his name to Don Fardon. In the early 80’s the band reformed without Don Fardon. Tim Jamesplayed in this line-up. Fardon, however did take part in another brief reunion in the early 90’s. Don Fardon had some solo hits including his biggest “Indian Reservation” which Paul Revere and the Raiders covered.

Bruce Finlay – Found!

Bruce Finlay is now in a band in Alaska called ANWR. It is named after the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). He is also the producer of BLACK & TAN RECORDS, ANWR’s label. He has toured in other bands in Canada and the United States. I have pasted a web link of your page onto our website. ANWR currently has a single to be released December 2002.

Freakbeat – From Wikipedia – To quote Wikipedia, “Freakbeat is a primarily European rock music genre that peaked between 1966 and 1967. Elements of the freakbeat sound include strong direct drum beats, loud and frenzied guitar riffs, and extreme effects such as: fuzztone, flanging, distortion and compression or phasing on the vocal or drum tracks. Often used to describe the European counterpart to the psychedelic garage rock of American groups like The Seeds, The Thirteenth Floor Elevators, and The Standells, freakbeat is most often applied to music originating in the UK, although many artists on the European continent also contributed to the freakbeat style. Some of the best-known examples of the freakbeat genre include the British hits “Take a Heart” by The Sorrows, “Making Time” by The Creation, and “I Can Hear the Grass Grow” by The Move.”

The Sorrows – Biography

A beat/freakbeat group from Coventry

In 1963, the West Midlands city of Coventry, Warwickshire, saw the formation of The Sorrows, with teenagers Philip ‘Pip’ Whitcher (lead guitar and vocals), Terry Jukes (rhythm guitar and vocals) and Philip Packham (bass guitar) being brought together from various local beat groups. Don Fardon¹ (aka Don Maughn), vocalist, had been in Coventry band The Hawks, where he performed under the stage name of Webb Stacey. With the arrival of drummer Bruce Finley, who was originally from Aberdeenshire, the line-up was completed. In autumn 1964, The Sorrows (who had originally tossed about names such as The Wallsmen or The Players) were noticed by Piccadilly label manager John Schroeder, who offered the group a record deal.

The Sorrows were allowed the uncommon privilege of recording an original composition for the first release, “I Don’t Wanna Be Free” written by Whitcher and Fardon. During the time that The Sorrows were promoting the song on radio and television shows, including ‘Ready, Steady, Go!’ and ‘Top of the Pops’, Terry Jukes, newly married, decided to leave the group, heading to Scotland to become a pig farmer and subsequently working in the building trade. His replacement was rhythm guitarist Wesley Price, a former member of Coventry band The Autocrats, who like The Sorrows, were handled by Top Variety Agency. American Mort Shuman, who had relocated to England after a break-up of his partnership with Doc Pomus, wrote The Sorrows’ follow-up “Baby” in conjunction with Clive Westlake (composers of The Hollies UK #4 hit “Here I Go Again”). The flip side, a cover of Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Teenage Letter”, was a leftover from sessions for the first single and featured Terry Jukes rather than Wesley Price on rhythm guitar.

Not having produced a hit record, The Sorrows were given a song originally recorded by The Boys Blue, “Take a Heart” written by composer/producer Miki Dallon. Promoted by an appearance of The Sorrows on ‘Ready, Steady, Go!’, the single peaked at number 21 in the UK chart. In France and Germany, the single was a huge success, leading to an European tour as well as cover versions by ex-Midlands band The Renegades (their version reaching #1 in Finland) and pre-Slade group The In Betweens. The song also became the lead track for a French Sorrows EP and was recorded in German and Italian with The Sorrows learning the words phonetically. As a follow-up, the A-side of The Boys Blue single, “You Got What I Want” (slightly retitled as “You’ve Got What I Want” and again composed by Miki Dallon), was issued, with Pip Whitcher on lead vocals. However, it only reached number 47 in the New Musical Express chart, aided by a full page advertisement in that paper.

Due to the success of the “‘Take a Heart” single, an LP of the same name was released, with some of the singles tracks being re-recorded for inclusion on the album. The LP did not sell well and has become one of the most difficult albums of the beat era to find. “Let the Live Live” was the first self-composed single since the debut, while the flip side “Don’t Sing No Sad Songs for Me” was re-recorded from the album version. After the release of Miki Dallon’s composition of “Let Me In”, bassist Phil Packham left the group while Don Fardon departed by, what Wez Price described as, “mutual consent”. For six months the group continued as a trio, with Wez Price on bass, Bruce Finley on drums and Pip Whitcher on lead guitar and vocals. “Take a Heart”, at this late date, became a hit in Italy and the group were invited to tour there for three weeks. Coventry born lead guitarist Roger Lomas was recruited into the group and the band headed to Rome, joining other British expatriates such as The Primitives and The Rokes. The tour went over so well that The Sorrows decided to stay in Rome. Pye and Italian RCA had an arrangement whereby RCA would look after Pye bands while they worked in Italy and RCA supplied The Sorrows with a villa, an automobile and a manager.

The melody for the “Pink Purple Yellow and Red” song had been written by two Italians but they had no lyrics for the tune and The Sorrows furnished the English words while an Italian translation, as “Verde Rossi Giallo E Blu” was provided by Bruce Finley’s girlfriend. “Pink Purple Yellow and Red” paired with the Lovin’ Spoonful’s “My Gal” became The Sorrows’ last UK release, with Pip Whitcher on lead vocals for both tracks. Prior to the release of “Verde Rossi Giallo E Blu” in Italy, Roger Lomas and Pip Whitcher had returned to Coventry because Lomas’ wife was expecting a baby. Wez Price and Bruce Finley remained in Rome and guitarist Alan ‘Chuck’ Fryers, from the South Coast seaside resort of Bognor Regis, with his friend, singer Simon Catlin joined The Sorrows. However, Catlin had proven a disruptive influence and Price, Finley and Fryers returned to Coventry in early 1967. The trio rehearsed for six months with the addition of Chris Smith (from local group East Side Projection) on vocals and keyboards.

The new quartet recorded four demos at Pye but John Schroeder wasn’t interested in the material and the group asked to be released from Pye. Since the group had been in debt to Pye for advances paid to the group that didn’t match sales, the band agreed to forgo royalties in exchange for a release, and Schroeder agreed. In the summer of 1967, The Sorrows returned to Italy, coinciding with the return of Pip Whitcher to the group while Bruce Finley left and was replaced by drummer Mick Bradley.

An Italian version of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich’s “Zabadak” became the final Pye Italian release. The Sorrows then signed a deal with the independent Miura label, owned by Dr. Sampietro (a factory owner in Milan) and operated by his son Lorenzo as a ‘plaything’, and two singles were issued: “Per Una Donna…No!” (an Italian language version of The Hollies’ “Listen to Me” that charted at number seven in Italy for The Sorrows) and “Hey Hey” written by Chuck Fryers.

An album, “Old Songs New Songs” was also released with Chuck Fryers and Chris Smith splitting lead vocals. Drummer Mick Bradley (who died of leukaemia in 1972) had become fed up with the recording of the album and returned home to eventually join Steamhammerwhile Bruce Finley flew over to Italy to finish the album. Upon completion of the LP, Pip Whitcher returned to the UK to join former Sorrow Roger Lomas in The Eggy while Bruce Finley, Chris Smith, Chuck Fryers and Wez Price remained together in Italy until 1970. Bruce played with Mal and The Primitives while Wez Price returned to England and became a member of Indian Summer who had just released an album on RCA Neon.

¹ Don Fardon subsequently reunited with Miki Dallon who acted as Fardon’s producer and advisor. Fardon’s recording of “Indian Reservation” on Miki Dallon’s Young Blood label went to number three in the UK in 1970. Various previous members of The Sorrows reformed in the early 1980’s and again in the early 1990’s. A post 2011 group of The Sorrows included Don Fardon (lead vocals), Phil Packham (bass guitar, vocals), Nigel Lomas (drums, vocals), Marcus Webb (lead guitar) and Brian Wilkins (guitar, harmonica, vocals).

The Sorrows – “Take A Heart” Single photo (A’ Side)
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The Sorrows – “Take A Heart” Album cover photo (front)