The band was founded by lead guitarist Rob Davis, lead singer Les Gray, drummer Dave Mount and bassist Ray Stiles. Rob, Ray, Dave and Les all grew up in and around Mitcham and Carshalton, Surrey, England. He later scored a number 32 solo hit in 1977 with his cover version of 'A Groovy Kind of Love'. MUD’s next single, “The Secrets That You Keep”, was released on 14th February 1975 and reached number three in the UK. Mud also split from Chinn and Chapman in mid-1975 and signed to Private Stock (licensed to Philips in Continental Europe). Their third album “Use Your Imagination” was released at the beginning of December. BBC TV broadcast a programme entitlked "I Was In A Boy Band" in MArch 2012 which featured Mud and Mike Chapman [click here to see clip]. In September, RAK released “Mud’s Greatest Hits”, while MUD released their first single for Private Stock, “L’L’Lucy”. Kim Fontaine), special thanks: Arkansas State Troopers (as Lt. Leonard Hogg), special thanks (as Debra & Billy Lofland), special thanks: Dumas Chamber of Commerce, special thanks (as Stephanie & Joe Sheridan), special thanks (as Charles & Linda Stark). In 1992, Les Gray moved with his wife Carol to live in the Algarve region of Portugal. 12). 98 in Australia. The band decided to go separate ways in 1979. The new single was written by Rob Davis and Ray Stiles and did well, reaching number 10 in the charts, proving that the boys could make it on their own. As a bonus the presenters had a copy of the original 16-track recording of The Secrets That You Keep which they played and discussed. Release Dates The guys also featured in another retrospective which showed their mid-70s “Green Cross Code” advert which also features on the compilation video “Charlie Says”. MUD have featured in several retrospectives of the 1970s broadcast on the BBC. Rob and Ray reunited for several small gigs in the Autumn of 2015. After years of unsuccessful singles, they were signed to Mickie Most's Rak label, and had three Top 20 successes in 1973 with "Crazy" (No. Les was aged 28 when the song became the Christmas number one of 1974, but what did he do next? When did Mud split up? By now MUD had been professional for three years and had still failed to make the big time. Mud scored one of the biggest Christmas hits of all time in 1974. The boys announced that ex-Candlewick Green keyboard player ANDY BALL was to join the band on stage and in the studio. BBC Radio 2 broadcast a two hour special about Niky Chinn and Mike Chapman that inevitably included MUD. The initial lineup featured Stuart Amesbury (rhythm guitar) and Cherie Beck (backing vocals) of the Bristol-based Cherie Beck Band; together with Dale Fry (bass), Rob John (drums), and Nick Richie (lead guitar); with the latter two being replaced in 1983 by guitarist Tim Fish and drummer Mark Hatwood respectively. "Tiger Feet" sold over 500,000 copies in the UK and a million copies globally. Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. 9 more photos, Javascript is required to view shouts on this page. Both Les and Rob were featured being interviewed for the “I Love 1974” programme which went out at the end of the summer 2000. “Crazy” and their next record “Hypnosis” were both based on a tango beat. Their first single on that label was "Slow Talking Boy", a folk rock song composed by John Kongos,[10] and featuring Davis playing a Vox 12-string guitar-mandolin; they performed this song on BBC TV's Top of the Pops,[11] but without reaping any chart success. Add image Soon after the band was formed, both brothers left New York to join the Navy in 2010, putting their musical aspirations on hold. It reached number 10 in the charts. A further single, “Rico” was released in 1980 with Margo on vocals but this time under the name Ring. Band — Electric Mud. Anyone who has seen the clip will also note Les’ use of a ventriloquist dummy during the spoken part. This was released under the name of "Dum" ("Mud" spelt backwards), but it failed to chart. At the time of his death, Les was planning to perform at a children's charity event in Glasgow this Saturday, where he would have reunited with Alvin Stardust and the Bay City Rollers. After the success with "Lonely This Christmas", they cracked the Valentine's Day market with "The Secrets That You Keep", which reached No. A reminder of some of those who helped the band along the way. In later interviews it was revealed that the band themselves did not play on either of these two singles (or their b-sides), providing just the vocals. Rob Davis continues to play, write and produce dance records. The three remaining members were given permission by the other founding members of Mud, plus that of Gray's family, to continue using the band's name. [1] This was followed by Gray's solo version of "Groovy Kind of Love" on Warner Bros., which peaked at No. The members were. MUD were once again in the studio during 1976 and released their fourth album, “It’s Better Than Working”, in November. The band was founded by lead guitarist Rob Davis, lead singer Les Gray, drummer Dave Mount and bassist Ray Stiles. The band moved to Los Angeles in 1974 to attract the attention of a record company. They performed at the Half Moon again on 24th December 2017. 1), "Moonshine Sally" (No. However, Les reformed the band as 'Les Gray's Mud' with a new lineup. The Mourners eventually evolved into Mud, and they won the Search for Sound song contest in 1966. suffering two heart attacks. 12 in the UK chart. This marked the band’s split with RAK and Chinn & Chapman and they went into the studio in July to start work on their own songs for their new label, Private Stock. On 20th May 1975 the GTO film “You’re Never Too Young To Rock” was released. ", "Don't Talk to Me", "Blagging Boogie Blues", "Vambo Rools", "Moving On", "Shake It Down", "It Don't Mean a Thing", ", "Burn on Marlon", "Let Me Get (Close to You)", ", "Crazy", "Hypnosis", "Dyna-mite", "Tiger Feet", "The Cat Crept In", "Rocket", "Hippy Hippy Shake", "The Secrets That You Keep", "Oh Boy", "Moonshine Sally", "One Night", "Blue Moon", "End of the World", ", This page was last edited on 3 November 2020, at 23:16. He continued to live and work in London with his family until his untimely death on 3rd December 2006. After leaving school, he worked for Pearl & Dean, writing adverts, and later for Moss Bros. Although it was not a great chart success, it did get a lot of airplay and secured the band some of their last TV appearances. Keyboardist Andy Ball, formerly of Candlewick Green, joined the band briefly during this period, to be replaced in early 1978 by Brian Tatum.[9]. The boys announced that ex-Candlewick Green keyboard player ANDY BALLwas to join the band on stage and in the studio. Their second number one single came in December 1974 when “Lonely This Christmas” shot to the top of the charts. 3 in February 1975.