1960s pop band hunt for former lead singer - and he lives in Bromley
PUBLISHED: 09:13 20 January 2015 | UPDATED: 09:31 20 January 2015
Him And The Others on a quest for George Demetrious
Are you an ex pop star called George Demetrious? Or do you know him?
George, who is believed to live in Bromley, is being sought by his former bandmates from 1960s group Him And The Others after a surprise reunion saw them together again for the first time in almost half a century.
Bassist Lennie Shaw, drummer Keith Giles and guitarists Geoff Gibbs and Colin Roche each thought they were meeting music enthusiast Ian Grinham for a drink on their own when he sprung the surprise on them on the Saturday before last.
Now they are hoping that George, the group’s former lead singer - who would be about 68 now - will get in touch too.
The band were together from 1963 till about 1968 and supported The Who and Cream at gigs, and although their 1966 single I Mean It and She’s Got Eyes That Tell Lies failed to chart, the original copies have now become collectors’ items.
“A lot of bands are like marriages – sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn’t,” explained Ian, 43, from Hitchin in Hertfordshire.
“There are a thousand bands that didn’t make it.
“I started collecting obscure sixties records when I was 13, and came across this when I was 18. I immediately wanted to know who the band was. But when I tried to research them, there was nothing.
“Due to the status the single has in the record collecting world, the identity of the band has had major collectors and music experts baffled.”
Ian started trying to trace the band members in 1993, but it was a good ten years before he tracked down first Geoff, and then the others – in two instances after their family members got in touch.
“Over the last ten years I’ve become good friends with them,” said Ian, who has created a Him And The Others Appreciation Society page on Facebook.
“At the reunion they all just thought they were meeting me for a pint. They were amazed to walk in the pub and see each other for the first time in 47 years. One of them had tears in his eyes.
“If George had been there it would have been even better. He was heavily spoken about and I could tell that it would have meant a lot to the others for him to have been there.
“I am extremely keen to track him down, and we all decided we were going to do everything we could to find him.”
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