The Move

The Move, from Birmingham, England, were one of the leading British rock bands of the 1960s. They scored nine Top 20 UK singles in five years between 1967 - 1972. This is the story of the Move......

Roy Wood (guitar) composed all the group's UK singles and, from 1968, also sang lead vocals on many songs, although Carl Wayne was the main lead singer up to 1970. Trevor Burton (guitar) Bev Bevan (drums) and Bassist Ace Kefford were the other members of the band. Their first hit was Night of Fear that went to No 2 in Dec 1966.

 

Their next hit was April 1967 which was I can hear the Grass Grow. Both their first hits were "non album" singles.

 

The Move ran into problems with their next single. Manager Tony Secunda produced a cartoon postcard to promote the single, showing the UK Prime Minister, Harold Wilson, in bed with his secretary, Marcia Williams. Wilson sued The Move for libel and the group lost the court case,they had to pay all costs, and all royalties earned by the single, which otherwise would have belonged to Wood as composer, were awarded to charities of Wilson's choice.

 

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