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1960’s pop group Vanity Fare played the Selwyn Samuel Centre last night, Saturday (Jul 16). The centre was packed with fans who were treated to a number of the group’s popular numbers including the hit ‘Hitchin a Ride’.

The band were originally formed by school friends Trevor Brice, Tony Goulden, Dick Allix  and Tony Jarrett.

Originally calling themselves The Avengers they recorded a number of demos with record producer Joe Meek, including “Marianne”.  Having changed their name to Vanity Fare they achieved a UK hit single with their first release, a cover of “I Live For The Sun”.

Keyboardist Barry Landemen joined the group for the hit,  “Hitchin’ a Ride”, which  gave them a second million-selling hit single.

Today’s line-up of Hagley, Wheeler, Tibble and Steve Oakman have been touring the U.K. In his spare time, Trevor Brice sings second tenor with the City of Bath Male Choir, who reached the final of BBC One’s Last Choir Standing. His son, Sebastian Brice, is part of the alt/rock band Avius.

Judging by the band’s sterling performance on Saturday evening they still have what it takes to pack them in and entertain.

 

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