Wynder K Frog (Salford)

Here’s a really rare picture of the original line up of ‘Wynder K. Frog’ that I was surprised to find and wondered if it might interest you at Manchesterbeat.

The line up left to right;

Alex Kirby - tenor sax. Later with St. Louis Union

Alan ???? - drums

Mick Weaver - keyboard. Later took the name went to London as Wynder K. Frogg. Now resides in L.A.

John Brennan - bass. Later with Life 'n' Soul and Ivy League

Wilf Lewis - lead guitar

Marian Stockley - vocals. Later Friday Brown

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Alex Kirby  27/8/2019

 

Salford based outfit featuring Mick Weaver on organ. He later went solo under the same name then reverted to his own name. Has played with everybody at some time or other.

Bass player was John Brennan, who was with Life 'n' Soul and now with The Ivy League. They used to feature their interpretation of Oscar Peterson's arrangement of "Night Train". Daring for the time.

John Irving

Conflicting info re the line-up shows:

  • Neil Hubbard (guitar) 
  • Alan Spenner (bass)
  • Mick Weaver (keyboards)
  • Chris Mercer (sax)
  • Rebop Kwaku Baah (percussion)
  • Ian Cooper (drums)

Mick Weaver - alias Wynder K Frog - has also played with Wooden Frog (aka Mason - Capaldi - Wood - Frog), Grease Band, Keef Hartley Band, Joe Cocker, Frankie Miller Band, Eric Burdon, Ronnie Lane Band, Marriott-Lane, Roger Chapman & The Shortlist and Taj Mahal & Phantom Blues Band.


Some Wynder K. Frog concerts:

  • Sunday, October 17, 1965: The Cavern, 8 - 10 Mathew Street, Liverpool 2, Lancashire, UK, with The Easybeats, The Dresedens
  • Sunday, May 7, 1967: The Redcar Jazz Club, Redcar, North Yorkshire, UK, with The Bluecaps
John H. Warburg - 25/6/14

The Sunshine Superfrog LP is very rare and has not .. to my knowledge come out on CD .. however; the "Out Of The Frying Pan" set is out on CD on the British Edsel label .. may be deleted now , but I have a copy , and play it on my ALL BLUES show on kuvo radio here in Denver regularly !! The studio phone lights up every time I play it .. especially the 'Willie And The Hand Jive' track.

Dick Heckstall Smith (R.I.P) is featured throughout, and is heard doing his "two saxes at once " bit on "Willie".

Mick Weaver also was on tour with Andy Fairweather Lowe, and played on his albums during his be Bop N' Holla late 70s period. (Careful on this point, AFL's Amen Corner keyboard player was the excellent "Blue" Weaver)

We were the opening act on the tour, about 77/78'. I was signed to RCA playing bass in a band called 'Limey'..we put out one album , then got fired from RCA halfway through recording our followup LP!

We did about 16 dates through U.K. with AFL - mainly universities etc. I think Mick played for Joe Cocker as well; not heard about him or his wherabouts as of late. A great player - he had Booker T' and Jimmy McGriff DOWN, boy!!

David Bowker (ex-many Manchester groups) 

There was another later release LP called 'Into The Fire' , but lord knows how to get hold of THAT!

Also the Sunshine Superfrog LP - his first effort; was supposedly recorded in US by session musicians (backing tracks) the organ overdubbed by the frog man in UK. That was 1967! on Island !

He also played for Keef Hartley, Taj Mahal , and briefly in Traffic when Winwood left to form Blind Faith . The name Wynder K Frog was, I understand , Chris Blackwell's (head of Island records ) idea to try to sell him as an American act in U.K. Hence no pics, as I recall of him or band on any of his records! 

Sunshine Superfrog had mini pictures of cartoon frogs on album sleeve and it may have been spelled Frogg, with 2 'G's - need to check on that ! Like I said it is VERY rare , and must be worth mega-bucks to a collector. 

PS I'm on radio kuvo.org again on SAT 5pm Denver time ... maybe I'll dig out 'Out Of The Frying Pan' for my show!!

David Bowker (ex-many Manchester groups)

As a founder member of the band, my aged memory is that the name belongs to a jazz/blues artist in the U.S. We took it long before the band recorded, Mick kept it ..... Wilf Lewis on guitar along with Alex Kirby on sax (St Louis Union and later EMMY award winning TV director and TV Lion, Witch n Wardrobe director) were also founder members...... Don't know what happened to Wilf?????

Marian Stockley (Friday Brown)

Hi - To clarify the query on the above, it ain't no American bluesman from way back. I worked as frontman vocalist harmonica player with the Chapters along with Alex Kirby and Dave Webb (St Louis Union) before they teamed up with Mick Weaver.

We tried to form another band after the demise of the Chapters. One of the suggested names was Wynder K Frogg, double G. This new band didn't happen so the name moved on with Alex and Dave.

The name was inspired by a book I was reading at the time - the hero being one 'Jimmy Wynder'. This was coupled with Frogg from a song I wrote at the time entitled Frogg Bop Blues. The K came as an abbreviation of the word King from the line in the song 'King of the Frogg Bop Blues'.

Mike Lynch

I'm lucky enough to own a copy of "Into The Fire". Someone in the US saw my comment's on "Out Of The Frying pan" at Aamazon, and wanted "Sunshine Superfrog" of which I have on LP as well, so I sent the LP to the states.

He DVD'd "Fire" for me and returned everything, so I'm a proud owner of "Into The Fire" although not as good as "Into The Frying Pan" well worth having.

Mick's a brilliant player, I've met him as well at "Bumper's Club" in London, no longer there. What a night that was, Mick on one side of the stage, and I think it was Eddie Hardin on the other, two great Hammond players.

Mike Masterton

Me and my band The Calgary Stampede (we tryed to be a poor mans Alan Bown Set) supported Wynder K. Frog at The Queen Mary Ballroom located inside Dudley Zoo in The West Midlands.

After delivering their own set, they then backed none other than Jimmy Cliff! A great night and yes we sha* ourselves especially our hammond player!

Thank god I was only the lead singer (dead easy to blow Jimmy Cliff away, NOT!).

Any body else remember when you got a buy one get one free with the two great stars dong a double act? The venue had two stages facing each end of the dance floor so just to make matters worse we'd got ourselves a logistic "face off"!

Charlie Butterskin - Mute(stage name '66)

Ian Cooper, the drummer with Wynder K Frog is currently playing drums with me (Mark, bass) in The Tailormaid Band, a 12 piece soul band based in the Llyn peninsula , North Wales.

Mark Jones - 1/5/11

I am Ian Cooper the drummer for Wynder K Frog in the mid 60s when we were signed to Island records and managed by Chris Blackwell. The info on the site is incorrect as to the line up at that time.

  • Mick Weaver Keyboards
  • Ian Cooper Drums
  • Bill Simmons Sax
  • Ron Carthy Trumpet
  • Allan Peake Bass and Vocals
  • Norman Mather Lead Guitar

The band broke up in Sept 67 when Blackwell needed a replacement for Steve Winwood hence Capaldi Mason Wood and Frog.

Any one requiring further info please E-mail me. I still play in an eleven piece Atlantic Soul band. Please visit www. Tailormaidband.com

Ian Cooper - 24/5/11

I used to work in the Don Read Agency (Bolton) as a booker. I lived in Darwen at the time, and managed this group for a while. I'm pretty sure that there was a drummer at the time called Jason Theaker. I remember most of the other lads mentioned on this site!

Peter Yates - 18/4/12

I was married to Bill Simmons (with out a D ) who was the sax player. Ian Cooper has said the correct line up for the band . And I don't remember you?? I will ask my friend what happed to Jason.

Christine - 11/10/12

I was the infamous WKF referred to on this site. Peter Yates' contribution is absolutely correct. There was a drummer called Theaker, but his first name was Drachen. He eventually played with "The Crazy World of Arthur Brown". If you read this Mr. Yates, I remember you very well. Great old memories.

Mick Weaver - 23/10/13

Discography

Albums

1967 - Sunshine Superfrog - Island ilp 944/ilps

1967 - Out Of The Frying Pan - Island/UA ilp/ilps 9082

1968 - re-issued on  Edsel

1996 - Into the Fire - UA

45's

1966 - Turn On Your Lovelight / Zooming - Island wi 280

1966 - Sunshine Superman / Blues For A Frog - Island wi 3011

1966 - Green Door / Dancing frog - Island wlp 6006

1967 - I Am A Man / Shook Shimmy & Shake - Island wip 6014

1967 - Jumping Jack Flash / Baldy - Island wip 6044

Overseas

French EP

 

 

 

 

 

 

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