Timebox (band)

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Origin Southport, England
Genres Psychedelic pop
Years active1965–1970
Labels Pye, Piccadilly Records, Deram
Past members Ollie Halsall
Clive Griffiths
Chris Holmes
Kevan Fogarty
Geoff Dean
Richard Henry
Andy Petre
Mike Patto
John Halsey

Timebox was an English 1960s psychedelic pop band. They formed in October 1965, in Southport, Lancashire.



Originally named 'The Take 5', they formed in 1965 in Southport, with the following members:

The band turned professional and went to London in October 1966. They were soon working on package tours with The Kinks, The Small Faces, Tommy Quickly, and Lou Christie, as well as having a residency at the Whisky a Go Go. They then added the US singer Richard Henry, and the band changed their name to Timebox, an American term for a prison cell. Signed to Piccadilly Records in February 1967, their debut single, "I'll Always Love You" / "Save Your Love", produced by John Schroeder, was released.

Following this, Henry returned to the United States; and drummer Geoff Dean contracted tuberculosis to be replaced by Andy Petre. That April, the instrumental single "Soul Sauce" / "I Wish I Could Jerk Like My Uncle Cyril" was released. Mike Patto then joined the band, and took on a prominent role as vocalist and songwriter. When Petre quit, the drum stool was filled by John Halsey.

They recorded two singles for Piccadilly, before signing to Deram in 1967. They recorded five singles for Deram between 1967 and 1969, and appeared on BBC shows such as Colour Me Pop, Noise at Nine, Stuart Henry on Sunday and Jimmy Young. Their only UK Singles Chart entry was with their cover version of The Four Seasons' track, "Beggin'", which was produced by Michael Aldred [1] and peaked at #38 in July 1968. [2] After their last single failed in 1970, Chris Holmes left (he later joined Babe Ruth), [3] and the remaining members Patto, Halsey, Halsall and Griffths continued under the name Patto.

The band also appeared in the opening scene of the 1968 film The Big Switch, billed in the opening credits as The Timebox.




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  1. Melody Maker, June 1, 1968.
  2. 1 2 Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 560. ISBN   1-904994-10-5.
  3. "Babe Ruth Band Online". Baberuthband.com. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
  4. Discogs - Girl Don't Make Me Wait (1968, 7"-single)