Flying Saucers

Profile:
British Rock 'n' Roll / Rockabilly band.
Founded 1972.

The Flying Saucers performed in the back of a truck during the 1976 famous Teddy Boy March in London (thousends of Rock 'n' Roll fans marched to the BBC where a 50.000 strong petition to play more Rock 'n' Roll music in the radio were handed in).

The Flying Saucers were formed in 1972 by bassist Pete Pritchard, drummer Terry Earl, guitarist Chris Townsend, and Rhythm guitarist/ vocalist Alan Jones. Jones and Townsend left the group in 1975 and were replaced by guitarist Nigel "Niggsy" Owen and vocalist Sandy Ford, who remained with the group. Jacko Buddin on saxophone was also added to the line up around this time. With help from a renewed interest in Rockabilly music and The British subculture movement known as Teddy Boy, The Flying Saucers toured Europe and earned recording contracts with EMI Music.

The Flying Saucers are best known for performing in the back of a truck during the 1976 Teddy Boy March in London. This march was part of a successful plan to promote the airplay of rockabilly music on BBC national Radio One. Within a matter of weeks, BBC disc jockeys Stuart Colman and Geoff Barker presented "It's Rock ‘n’ Roll," an hourly show which featured the music of bands making music in the style of 1950s rock music, and a long list of guest performers including The Flying Saucers, Dave Edmunds and Crazy Cavan & The Rhythm Rockers amongst many others. The 1976 Teddy Boy March is often credited as the spark which ignited the Rockabilly revival and explosion in popularity of younger rockabilly acts such as Stray Cats and The Blasters during the early 1980s. Due to polished production and strategic artist promotion from EMI, the band's major label releases are often associated with the new wave scene, which embraced an entirely new generation of rockabilly-inspired groups. In 1980, The Flying Saucers appeared in the film Blue Suede Shoes, which was a documentary on rock and roll directed by Curtis Clark. The film starred notable pioneering rock artists such as Bill Haley & His Comets.

After numerous personnel changes, The Flying Saucers disbanded during the mid 1980s.

Pete Pritchard went on to become a session player and touring bassist, backing guitarist Alvin Lee of Ten Years After and playing bass for Scotty Moore, DJ Fontana and the Jordanaires on several tours. Pritchard was a co-founder of the independent blues record label Alligator Records, which has showcased seasoned artists and offered several new acts their first chance to record. In 2011, Pritchard was inducted into the International Rockabilly Hall of Fame.

The original singer was Alan Jones from the days they were called North nine and they changed their name to The Flying Saucers As the only original member of the group, Ford continues to tour and record with a reconstituted version of The Flying Saucers, billed as "Sandy Ford's Flying Saucers."

In 1991, Sandy Ford's Flying Saucers appeared in British film Buddy's Song, starring Roger Daltrey, Chesney Hawkes, Sharon Duce and Michael Elphick. The film was a sequel to the 1986 BBC television series Buddy, which starred Daltrey in the same role (it featured Wayne Goddard as Buddy, however). Daltrey, Bill Curbishley and Roy Baird acted as producers for the film and Daltrey also served as musical director. The film was accompanied by a soundtrack album which featured Hawkes' hit "The One and Only". It was filmed in London and various towns in the Thames Valley. Starring as a teddy boy Rockabilly group, Sandy Ford's Flying Saucers play the roles of themselves in the film. Playing the part of Terry's friends, they offer support by rehearsing with Buddy and becoming his backing band. Buddy contributes vocals and rhythm guitar while Sandy Ford handles lead guitar duties.
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Albums

NEV LP 114 Flying Saucers - Planet Of The Drapes album art Flying Saucers Planet Of The Drapes (Album) Nevis NEV LP 114 UK 1976 Sell This Version
BBS 2520 Flying Saucers - Rock'N'Roll Is Still A-Live! album art Flying Saucers, The Hellraisers (2), Crazy Cavan 'n' The Rhythm Rockers* Flying Saucers, The Hellraisers (2), Crazy Cavan 'n' The Rhythm Rockers* - Rock'N'Roll Is Still A-Live! (Album) Bellaphon BBS 2520 Germany 1976 Sell This Version
25AP 449 Flying Saucers - Rock'n'Roll Graffiti House album art Flying Saucers Rock'n'Roll Graffiti House(LP, Album) CBS/Sony 25AP 449 Japan 1977 Sell This Version
SX 1677 Flying Saucers - Diana And Other Hits From 60-ties album art Flying Saucers Diana And Other Hits From 60-ties (Album) Polskie Nagrania Muza SX 1677 Poland 1978 Sell This Version
MEAI 3084, ME.AI. 3084 Flying Saucers - Keep On Comin' album art Flying Saucers Keep On Comin' (Album) Alaska MEAI 3084, ME.AI. 3084 Italy 1978 Sell This Version
EMC 3366, OC 062-07 461 Flying Saucers - Some Like It Hot album art Flying Saucers Some Like It Hot (Album) EMI EMC 3366, OC 062-07 461 UK 1981 Sell This Version
EMC3401, OC 062 64 698 Flying Saucers - Flying Tonight album art Flying Saucers Flying Tonight (Album) EMI, EMI EMC3401, OC 062 64 698 UK 1982 Sell This Version
CFM 104 Flying Saucers - Live At The Picketts Lock album art Flying Saucers Live At The Picketts Lock (Album) Charly Records CFM 104 France 1983 Sell This Version
CDRAW6 Flying Saucers - The Rawking Sandy Ford album art Sandy Ford Flying Saucers / Flying Saucers Sandy Ford Flying Saucers / Flying Saucers - The Rawking Sandy Ford(CD, Album) Rawking Records CDRAW6 UK 1994 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

ALA 2003 Flying Saucers - Keep On Comin' / Shadow Walk album art Flying Saucers Keep On Comin' / Shadow Walk (Single) Barclay, Barclay ALA 2003 UK 1976 Sell This Version
SS-716 Flying Saucers - Fabulous album art Flying Saucers Fabulous (Single) Alaska SS-716 Poland 1976 Sell This Version
SS 718 Flying Saucers - Keep On Coming / The South's Gonna Rise Again album art Flying Saucers Keep On Coming / The South's Gonna Rise Again(7", Single) Polskie Nagrania Muza SS 718 Poland 1976 Sell This Version
ALA 2009 Flying Saucers - Oh Carol album art Flying Saucers Oh Carol (Single) Alaska ALA 2009 UK 1977 Sell This Version
ALA 2014 Flying Saucers - Texas Calls You Home album art Flying Saucers Texas Calls You Home (Single) Alaska ALA 2014 UK 1978 Sell This Version
15 557 AT, 15557 AT Flying Saucers - Johnny B.Goode album art Flying Saucers Johnny B.Goode(7", Single) Fleet, Fleet 15 557 AT, 15557 AT Netherlands 1978 Sell This Version
PEP 7903 Flying Saucers - The Ballad Of Johnny Reb album art Flying Saucers The Ballad Of Johnny Reb (EP) Rockhouse PEP 7903 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
HRB 11 Flying Saucers - Get A Job / I'll Never Let You Down album art The Cruisers / Flying Saucers The Cruisers / Flying Saucers - Get A Job / I'll Never Let You Down(7") Harbor Records HRB 11 UK 1980 Sell This Version
HRB 12 Flying Saucers - Teenage Boogie album art Flying Saucers Teenage Boogie Strand HRB 12 UK 1981 Sell This Version
EMI 5144 Flying Saucers - Some Like It Hot album art Flying Saucers Some Like It Hot(7") EMI EMI 5144 UK 1981 Sell This Version
EMI 5264 Flying Saucers - Rock With Me Baby album art Flying Saucers Rock With Me Baby(7") EMI EMI 5264 UK 1982 Sell This Version
FTH-V1 Flying Saucers - Got That Magic - From The Heart Vol.1. album art Flying Saucers Got That Magic - From The Heart Vol.1.(7", EP) Heart Records (12) FTH-V1 UK 1986 Sell This Version