The Rovers (3 Albums, 7 Tracks)
- Roy Rover
- Kenny Rover
The Rovers were the first band signed to my label Onion Records, and probably the most troublesome. If it wasn't one thing (Roy Rover) it was another thing (Kenny Rover) causing mayhem in the thenly famous, nowly burnt down Onion recording studios. Happy days. Here is their story, in someone else's words, and their songs (by them), showcasing the short-lasting genius that was (and could still be) The Rovers.
The twins Roy Rover (1940 -) and his brother Kenny (Rover) (1940 -) were born in south east London in the year just mentioned. Neither of them are yet dead, as the absence of a second year-date in the parentheses above makes clear. If this sounds like nit-picking, it sounds like nit-picking for a reason. Their father, Harry 'Handsome Harry' (Rover) was a lowly 'Lice-Clean Man' who made his paltry living picking nits from out of childrens' hairs. Little is known about Mrs Rover, who disappeared shortly before the boys' birth(s).
The boys grew up and threw up on the dirty streets of Bermondsey with one shared dream on their mind(s): to be pop and roll stars. Influenced by such fifties greats as Dr Ben Blue, Cliff Richard and 'The Haunted Tree', Roy and Kenny started giggling around (but not in) Bermondsey in the early sixties. By 1966 they had dropped the 'l' and began gigging. It wasn't long before Jonny 'Greenslade' Fingers brought his "or" in, and out and out came in as the manager of 'The Rovers', as they were now called. The band's name came about thus because it was their actual name.
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