Steve Valentine. Prior to The Eyes I played in a band that had a hit with a Beatles cover called 'Girl'. The band was called Truth, and it featured two singers backed by 3 of us (a Cream type line up). It was brief but fun, and I think the record got to number 16.
who's in the pictureLeft to right: Steve Valentine, lead guitar; Terry Nolder, vocals; Barry Allchin, bass; Brian Corcoran, drums; Chris Lovegrove, guitar.
where was the band based
Ealing, London, UK
years activeMid 1960's
The Who, Small Faces, Kinks, Shadows.
The Eyes had a top twenty hit with a cover of The Beatles 'Good Day Sunshine' in 1966. The EP 'Arrival Of The Eyes" is much sought after and sells for more than 200 pounds. We also recorded an album of Rolling Stones covers under the pseudonym of The Pupils! In the 1980's record label Bam Caruso re-released two 1960's Eyes albums. I replaced Phil Heatley on lead guitar, and the band continued for about 17 months after that. It was a wonderful period, opposite my house was a guy called Barry Lovegrove, stage name Barry Kenny, he was the guitarist with Jet Harris and the Jet Blacks, 200 yards down the road was Richie Blackmore, he left senior school as I started and his first band was called Apache. A few hundred yards in the opposite direction was Jimmy Page, all of us resided in Heston, Middlesex, and I was definately the worst guitarist out of the group :-)))
brushes with fame
Vocalist Terry Nolder became a fashion designer and designed dresses for Shirley Bassey and Lulu.
where are they now
These days I play lead with a Shads cover band in Toronto called Solid.