Matchbox, The Remaining Rockabilly Rebels

Have you ever been to see a band from the 70's and turned up to find out the only remaining original member was the Drummer, Singer or Bass Player? Well, try going along to see Matchbox... not only will you hear their string of hits from the era, including top tens such as "When You Ask About Love", "Midnight Dynamoes", "Buzz Buzz" and not forgetting their million seller classic "Rockabilly Rebel", but you will also be amazed to find the exact original line up of:

Graham Fenton - Lead Vocal
Steve Bloomfield
- Guitar / Mandolin / Vocals
Gordon Scott
- Guitar / Vocals
Fred Poke
- Bass / Vocals
Jimmy Redhead
- Drums / Vocals

If this is not unique, it is very rare indeed. Matchbox was originally formed by the amalgamation of Graham from "The Hellraisers" and Jimmy and Gordon from "The Cruisers", joining Fred and Steve from the original band in 1976. Their big breakthrough came in 1977 when they were selected to back Bo Diddley and support Carl Perkins on a sell-out European tour. Following reviews in the music press they were approached by Magnet Records and offered their first major recording contract.

The rest, as they say, is history... With the first release "Rockabilly Rebel" becoming a worldwide hit, quickly followed by "Buzz Buzz", "Midnight Dynamoes", "When You Ask About Love" and "Over The Rainbow", etc. Over 5 Million records were sold in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia, etc. Numerous TV shows and tours with the likes of Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry and many more, established the band as a major headline attraction. Throughout this period, Matchbox always remained true to their roots.

Courtesy of Gordon Scott.

Matchbox CD review of "Comin' Home"
Matchbox CD review of "Rockabilly Rebel"

Matchbox at the 3rd Dutch Teddy Boy Weekend in Vlissingen, Holland
March 5, 2005 (photographed by The BlackCat)

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