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MIKE SAX & THE IDOLS
Rossendale - Bury
Mike Sax: Vocal. Roy Sax: Bass Guitar.
John Sykes: Lead Guitar. Drums: Graham Bailey
The Idols were a four piece band consisting of Mike Sax vocals, his brother Ray Sax bass, from Waterfoot, Rossendale. John Sykes lead guitar from Bury and Graham Bailey ex Beatmakers drummer, from Crawshawbooth, Rossendale.
They were originally called Mike Sax & The Vikings, but changed to Mike Sax & The Idols on securing a record and publishing contract with Phillips (Mercury) record label, and Dix Music Publishers, with the Franz brothers, Johnny and Harold.
Don't Walk Away was released 1964. They became The Idols on their second release of My Little One in 1965. The Viking name was dropped because there was Carl Wayne & The Vikings already recording.
At one time they were in the same stable as the Pedlars, Four Pennies and Hermans Hermits, under the John Lewis Agency. They were club rather than a progressive rock band, and shortly after a thre emonth season in 1967 at the Red Lion, Rimini, Italy; they disbanded.
Graham and Ray re-amerged a couple of years later along with Sean Watson, Lead guitar and singer who was in Junior. But eventually hung up their respective instruments, and started thinking about work.
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