The Fairytale



The Fairytale formed in February 1967 in Warrington, Lancashire.
(due to county border changes Warrington is now in Cheshire). The founder members were: John Weston, Malcolm Rabbitt, Chiddy Penketh, Billy Fogg and John Ryan. John Ryan left the group in March 1967. The band was managed by Pete Rigby and Chris Culleton.The band was formed because they wanted to have an all-original repertoire - and as contemporary bands know it's hard to get work if you don't do cover songs. But their songs were good enough and the band played at many prestigious venues - they were the resident band at the Cavern Club in Liverpool for a month. They also played on the same bill as Little Richard at the 'Peppermint Lounge' in Liverpool, with Doris Troy at the Twisted Wheel in Manchester and even held their own at the home of Northern Soul in England - the 'Wigan Casino'.

Malcolm Rabbitt and John Weston wrote all the band’s songs – a mixture of Rock, Soul and Blues.
In May 1967 they auditioned at Ronnie Scott's nightclub in London, for Don Arden, and were signed immediately for Decca Records.
Although Don Arden liked the existing repertoire, he asked them if they had any songs relevant to ‘psychedelia’ and ‘flower power’ so they played ‘Guess I Was Dreaming’.

This was recorded in June 1967 with ‘Run and Hide’ as the ‘B’ side.
In September 1967 they recorded 'Lovely People' with 'Listen To Mary cry' as the 'B' side, which Decca liked so much that they rush released and distributed it worldwide.
The band split in January 1968.

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image of Chiddy Penketh

Chiddy

image of Billy Fogg

Billy

image of Mally Rabbitt

Mally

image of John Weston

John

This page created January 2010