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The 45 rpm record sleeves above represent songs submitted to Decca Records in 1964 and 1965. All three recordings were enthustically received by the company but none made it onto the UK hit parade, at least not under The Presidents' name.

Click here and listen to host Tony Blackburn and producer Phil Swern of BBC's "Sounds of the 60s" radio show as they tell the story behind these releases and how it explains why The Presidents describe themselves as "the 60s rock band that almost made it big".

The following selection of tracks, chosen to include every member of the band between 1959 to 1965, can be heard by clicking on the red stars:

Slide Rule*
Ken Hedley
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Ken Hedley (guit); Robin Mayhew (guit); Colin Golding (bass); Phil Cunliffe (drs)

Crantock*
Ken Hedley
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Ken Hedley (guit); Robin Mayhew (guit); Colin Golding (bass); Phil Cunliffe (drs)

Don't You Know
(Glyn Johns Sessions)
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Pat Lavelle (voc); Ken Hedley (guit); Robin Mayhew (guit); Colin Golding (bass); Phil Cunliffe (drs)

Milk Cow Blues
(Glyn Johns Sessions)
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Martin Johnson (voc); Robin Mayhew (guit); Colin Golding (bass); Phil Cunliffe (drs)

Sandstorm
(Glyn Johns Sessions)
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Ken Hedley (guit); Robin Mayhew (guit); Colin Golding (bass); Phil Cunliffe (drs)

African Waltz
(Glyn Johns Sessions)

star Ken Hedley (guit); Robin Mayhew (guit); Colin Golding (bass); Phil Cunliffe (drs)
Palisades Park
(Glyn Johns Sessions)

star Ricky Tyrrell (voc); Robin Mayhew (guit & voc); Tony Finch (guit); John Styles (keys); Tony Busson (bass); Eddy Patterson (drs)
Wooly Bully
(The Greenford Tapes)

star Robin Mayhew (voc & guit)); Martin Cowtan (guit); Tony Busson (bass & voc); Eddy Patterson (drs); Eric Archer (harm & voc)
Hurtin' Inside
(The Greenford Tapes)

star Robin Mayhew (voc & guit); Martin Cowtan (guit); Tony Busson (bass & voc); Eddy Patterson (drs), Eric Archer (harm & b/up vocals)
Eight Days a Week
(The Greenford Tapes)

star Robin Mayhew (voc); Martin Cowtan (guit); Tony Busson (bass & voc); Eddy Patterson (drs); Eric Archer (harm & voc)
Let the Sun Shine In
(Glyn Johns Sessions)

star Ricky Tyrrell (voc); Robin Mayhew (guit & voc); Tony Finch (guit); Tony Busson (bass & voc); John Styles (piano); Eddy Patterson (drs); Brian Whyles (harm).
Candy Man
(Glyn Johns Sessions)

star Ricky Tyrrell (voc); Robin Mayhew (guit), Tony Finch (guit), Tony Busson (bass); John Styles (piano); Eddy Patterson (drs); Brian Whyles (harm).
She Said Yeah
Roddy Jackson & Sonny Bono
star Robin Mayhew (voc, guit), Martin Cowtan (lead guit), Tony Busson (bass); Eddy Patterson (drs); Eric Archer (trom).

*The following versions were produced and recorded by Robin Mayhew, in 2006:

Slide Rule © star Martin Cowtan (lead guit);  Robin Mayhew (12 str. rhythm guit);.  Tony Busson (bass); Robin Mayhew (strings, keyboard, drs.)
Crantock © star Martin Cowtan (lead guit);  Robin Mayhew (12 str. rhythm guit);. Tony Busson (bass); Robin Mayhew (drs)

Watch this video, made live at a partial band reunion in December 2016:

More Love Required
star Tony Busson (bass guit), Ed Patterson (drs), Robin Mayhew (vocal, guit), Olly Mayhew (guit).

The "She Said Yeah" story

In the mid-60s when The Presidents signed with Decca Records they submitted an acetate recording of "She Said Yeah", written by Roddy Jackson and Sonny Bono, for possible release ... but it mysteriously disappeared.
Incredibly, almost 53 years later the missing acetate recording was discovered and, on
June 29, 2018, was released on an Ace Records "Planet Beat" compilation CD of previously unreleased 1960s tracks sourced from the Shel Talmy Vaults.
Click here for full details and how to order this CD

Click here to learn more as host Marc Riley comments on these unusual events on the
BBC 6 Music Marc Riley show, broadcast on March 7th, 2019.

The "Candy Man" story

The late Brian Matthews tells The Presidents' "Candy Man" story on this segment of
his BBC Radio 2 "Sounds Of The Sixties" programme. Listen here.

The Presidents on YouTube

Discovery of the "She Said Yeah" acetate prompted the band's final lineup to get together to make a video of a studio performance of this classic song. View this and other Presidents' videos by using the links below:

She Said Yeah: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjcKGcM0Rtc
Candy Man: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GrArc-VcWkk
Milk Cow Blues:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5BSaTOHmdM
Wooly Bully:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcCbJqJ7qUY

Buy The Presidents music on MP3

All 25 of tracks recorded with producer Glyn Johns, from the band's 1959 beginning up to and including the Decca releases are available for purchase and download.
Also available is a recording of the band's final live peformance in 1965, at The Oldfields Hotel, Greenford, Middlesex. Please note: All tracks are in MP3 format.
To order downloads please contact Robin Mayhew.


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