Spectrum - Dover 1978 – 1981
was a very successful Dover based Rock/Pop Function Band. Formed by George Sketcher
and Robin Basford. The group came together in 1978 and was a commercial offshoot of jazz-funk outfit Whirligig.
The original line up comprised George Sketcher (tenor & soprano saxes), Robin Basford (keyboards), Mick Morris (guitar), Neil Basford (bass), Mike Marsh (drums) and featured vocalist Elaine Ashman.
The band’s strategy, to play the discos at their own game by being essentially a ‘live disco’, was immediately successful. With material drawn from the likes of The Jacksons, Blondie, Bee Gees etc. Spectrum was a very busy outfit until eventually the members’ interest waned. One by one the original members returned to playing jazz and by 1980 Robin Basford was the only remaining founder member.
Martin was asked by Robin to join the band after George
decided to quit in late 1980. Lead Singer Suze Waghorn (from Hythe) and Neil Basford
who played Bass
The photos are of the band in its final form with Suze, Robin, Tick Brown,
Mick Dunford, Jon Bryant and Martin Young; taken at The Quaterdeck at Deal
in the Spring of 1981 just before the band split in June. 81
The two sheets
are the publicity 'Flyer' given out at gigs and when promoting the band for work.
A wide range of material, from Hoagy Carmichael, Abba, and Stevie Wonder's 'Lately',
that had recently been released!
I loved singing that to Robin's accompaniment
on piano. I understand that Suze is still performing somewhere in Kent, but not
Cheers! Martin Young (a.k.a. Ryder - what a Stage name?!)