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Band History

By Clive Graham


In the early 1960’s I was very good friends with singer/songwriter Chris Andrews (“I’m your yesterday man”) and singer/songwriter Ian Drury (“Rhythm Stick”). This encouraged me to form a pop/rock Group called ‘The Cresters’. A singer Graham ‘Ricky Bryden’ joined and we called the group ‘Ricky Bryden & The Cresters’. We then became a popular resident band at The Condor Club, a youth club in Hornchurch, Essex. Later John Milton joined as another lead vocalist together with Mervin Greenaway on rhythm guitar. The rest of the line-up included me on drums and vocals, Ricky Smith on lead guitar and vocal and Paul Service on bass guitar. A girl singer named Jody also joined the line-up giving the group another dimension. We called the group The Cresters dropping the name Ricky Bryden. Later that year Jodie left to get married and Ricky Bryden moved to South Africa, so we re-named the group after The Condor Club in Hornchurch and added John Milton’s name because he became the lead vocalist. The group then became Johnny Milton & The Condors.

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