Hamilton Gray

  • Howard Kingston - Vocals
  • Brian Marks - Flute/Vocals
  • Roger Jackson - Keyboards/Vocals
  • Jim Morrison - Guitar/Vocals
  • Roger Dann - Bass/Vocals
  • Dave George - Drums/Vocals
  • Rick Fenn - Guitar/Vocals
  • Nigel Pickess - Drums/Vocals

When the Grit Band reluctantly split in 1972, Brian immediately joined top unsigned Cambridge band "Hamilton Gray" and found himself playing London clubs such as "The Pheasantry" "Speakeasy" and "Marquee". An immensely talented band, he was introduced to a dynamic closely arranged style of music verging on the classical.

They were soon offered a deal with Manchester Production Company "lce" who had links to Granada TV Studios where they were booked to film an outdoor concert for the 1973 "Manchester Festival" celebration which they did but they declined the recording offer and missed their chance of National recognition. 

Hamilton Gray recorded original material at "Indigo studios" Manchester and Trevor Horn's "Sarm studios" just off the Portobello Road, London. They lived and rehearsed extensively in Cambridge and Kendal in the Lake District and gigged around London, Cambridge and Manchester.

After a brief change of line up the band split.

  • Drummer David George joined The Foundations (Build me up Buttercup) and did a tour of Australia.
  • Bass player Roger Dann moved to Canada.
  • Guitarist Jim Morrison from Bury did cabaret with Solomon King (She wears my ring) then did session work on the Colourfield album (Virgins and Philistines)
  • Guitarist Rick Fenn later toured and recorded with Mike Oldfield, Rick Wakeman, Cliff Richard and Elkie Brooks to name but a few. He also became a member of Manchester group 10CC and still performs live with the band.
  • Singer Howard Kingston, originally from Prestwich now lives in Montana USA, where he sings opera with "The Helena Symphony". Visit his website www.howardkingston.voice123.com
  • Hamilton Gray keyboard player Roger Jackson later joined Marilyn who did Top of the Pops. During the '80s he toured and recorded with Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians and gigged and recorded with 10CC's Graham Gouldman in Andrew Gold's group Wax. An expert in contemporary digital production techniques he has written TV ads for Levi jeans and British Airways. He has arranged and produced music for Paul McCartney and Deacon Blue and has written scores for many TV productions which include the first series of Cracker, An Evening with Gary Lineker, The Rory Bremner Show, also the childrens cartoon Denis and Gnasher.

Hamilton Gray gigs included 

  • Speakeasy London
  • Corn Exchange Cambridge.
  • St. Johns College Manchester.
  • Pheasantry Club Kings Road Chelsea.
  • Brewery Arts Theatre Kendal.
  • U.M.I.S.T. Manchester.
  • Marquee Club London.
  • Ronnie Scott Club London.
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