The chart run-down for that week also recording the historic chart entry at no. 22.
Rod Lewis (Clark)
Rod & Jim Monotones 1966
The Moody Blues
By the end of autumn 1963, after responding to an advertisement in Melody Maker,
Rod had taken up position in Carter-Lewis & The Southerners alongside John Carter
and Ken Lewis, the start of a long association with the highly talented songwriting
team. The band is also immortalised in rock annals due to a certain guitarist by
the name of James Page, well on his way to superstardom, though some years before
Led Zeppelin took flight.
The band already had a long history of recordings, including several for Joe Meek,
a number of 45’s issued on the Oriole label gave Rod his first taste of a professional
First was Your Momma’s Out of Town c/w Somebody Told My Girl followed by Skinny Minnie
c/w Easy To Cry
Rod’s first cover feature came courtesy of New Musical Express issued on November
With increasing interest from the record-buying public, it was inevitable that demand
for live performances would follow. Unfortunately, Ken’s interest was more geared
towards writing and recording than the pressures of the road, so, in order to
fulfil the demand for Carter-Lewis, it was decided that Rod would assume the Lewis
surname, the public non-the-wiser!
Playing the ‘Mecca’ circuit, the majority of numbers were covers of current chart
hits, interspersed with their own material.
An excellent Carter-Lewis compilation CD was issued on Sequel Records in 1993, containing
all of Rod’s tracks with the band, plus excellent tracks by The Ivy League and The
Flowerpot Men etc..
Moving on to January 1966 and Rod was now performing at the Cliffs Pavilion, Southend
as a member of the Monotones (not to be confused with the band that recorded The
Book Of Love). Accompanying Rod were Jim Eaton (rhythm / vocals), Brian Alexander
(gtr), Brian Edgings (drums) and sometimes guesting on vocals was Mark Loyd.
Playing at Tiffany’s, Wimbledon, the band was ‘required’ to undergo a name-change,
to appeal to the sophisticated clientele, so, the Monotones were now known as Les
Garcons, amazingly the subject of a BBC TV Mastermind question featuring the Moody
Blues as specialist subject, and shown here performing at Tiffany’s with Mark Loyd