Whang And The Cheviots


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"Whang And The Cheviots" get ready to perform at the Half Moon, Putney on Mon 13 June 2006. Left to right Chris Brooker (sax), William Heath (leader and vocals), David Ballantyne (lead guitar), Tim Rice (vocals), Chris Hunt (drums), Chris Staines (bass) and Chris Hatt (second lead guitar).

"Whang And The Cheviots" - Time for an improvised dance routine

"Whang And The Cheviots" - Bill Heath sings the lead vocal while Tim Rice sings harmony backing vocals
Songs performed by "Whang And The Cheviots" at The Half Moon were excellent versions of 60's classics
1st Set I Saw Her Standing There, It's All Over Now, You Really Got Me, Route 66, Twist And Shout, Twisting The Night Away. 2nd Set Roll Over Beethoven, All My Loving, Summertime Blues, Brown Sugar, 19th Nervous Breakdown, Mustang Sally, Needles 'N' Pins

"Whang And The Cheviots" - Tim Rice takes the lead vocal with Bill Heath sings the harmony vocal

Whang and the Cheviots 2010 tour began sensationally at Isham, Northamptonshire cricket club ball on July 2. Here the reduced band (there was only a small stage) featuring three men named Chris and three others with different names (Dave, Tim and Bill) were only supposed to be playing a 'guest' spot of half a dozen numbers, but such was the audience response that it was well over an hour and a half and an encore before the boys quit the marquee. They were immediately asked to return the following year, engagements permitting.

It was time for the Cheviots to move on and they did. Later that same week the tour terminated at the 60th wedding bash for hardware executive, iron man and spin bowler Andrew Weiss, and this time it was the full works, with the Windsor Horns, and Jonny Pope on organ. Another storming success, featuring the host on harmonica and his son on bass in a wild rendition of the Blues standard "Can I Get A Witness", and culminating in a long long version of "All Right Now". No sooner had it started, it seemed, than the tour was finished. But the memories will linger as long as we don't forget. Bill Heath

Chris Hatt
Born Jan 1950
Teacher, builder, tile manufacturer, restaurant owner.
1st gig with band: 1965, Uppingham School Memorial Hall, Rutland with "Paradise Lost"

Bill Heath
Born July 1948
Assistant racehorse trainer, journalist, telecoms company managing director, chairman of national trade association, member of telecoms quango, builder, plumber and central heating engineer, systems analyst, portfolio manager, school governor.
1st gig with band: 1965, Uppingham School Memorial Hall, Rutland with "Paradise Lost"

Chris Staines
Born Sep 1951
Professional musician (bass) Pete Townsend, Asia, Peter Green, Dave Gilmore, Simon Phillips, Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band.
1st gig with band: Jun 1974, Filkins Youth Club, Gloucestershire with "Whang And The Cheviots".

David Ballantyne
Born Jul 1947
Linguist, disc jockey (Current - WPCE-FM Classical music station, North Carolina, USA www.theclassicalstation.org ) professional musician (with Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band), actor - TV (Monty Python), actor - London West End stage (Canterbury Tales), motorcycle courier, grease monkey (at Crimble Of Staines).
Proud moment: No. 2 on Radio London chart 1966 with "Love Around The World".
1st gig with band: 1969, Claremont School For Girls Summer Ball, Esher, Surrey

Martin Clapson
Born May 1963
Professional musician (drums) Gary Glitter Band, Take That, Robin Trower, John Entwhistle, Jack Bruce, Imagination, Suzie Quatro.
1st gig with band: 1986, Great Milton Barn Dance with "Whang And The Cheviots".

Tim Rice
TIM RICE first sang with Whang in 1969. If his memory serves him well his first vocal contribution was to "Off The Hook". He still hasn't learned all the words to that number but has mastered several others in the 38 years he has been a Cheviot. He met Bill Heath in 1968 when the latter sent in a "Lost" demo to Tim's boss, legendary record producer Norrie Paramor. Further information about Tim can be found in part one of his gripping memoirs "Oh What A Circus" (Hodder and Stoughton, 1999) or on the sleeve of his recently released CD "That's My Story" (Sunshine Records, 2006). He has written far too many musicals but is best-known for his love of cricket. First gig with "Whang" was at Claremont School, Esher in 1969.

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