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FOM - an amalgam of First Ov May and Dantes Inferno
Peter Gillette (Keyboards), Gary Sammons (Bass), Ken Williams (Drums) and Kevin Bayley (Guitar)

FOM arose from a natural combination of two groups, First Ov May and Chapta.  Chapta, once Christchurch's top group, were on the way down, but they still lived off their name, and the music they played was for themselves instead of their public, and thus the whole thing became a joke, so they decided to split.  About this time First Ov May lost their two lead guitarists - one to Australia and the other to retirement - so the remaining members of both groups came together to form FOM and to take up residency at Mojos under the management of Trevor Spitz.  Bass player Gary Sammons, and drummer Ken Williams had both been members of groups Dantes Inferno and First Ov May.  Ken Williams turned down an offer by another Christchurch group, staying on because he was happy with the current work.  Kevin Bayley, their lead guitarist, was from Chapta.  A year or two before he was a member of what was then thought to be the super group of New Zealand - Taylor.  He said the promoters were more interested in bread than music so the group broke up.  Peter Gillette played organ and electric piano.  He was with Frankie Stevens' group The Castaways and then spent three years in Australia with Traque, a group that did a lot of television work.  More recently he had been with Chapta.  FOM played a lot of chart material, giving their own interpretations to popular songs.  One thing they found was that people liked the old rock-and-roll standards of Chuck Berry, and so they played one at the beginning of an evening and the whole place would come alive.  They played at The Aranui Hotel, and on a Saturday they would start at two in the afternoon 'til ten, then rush round to Mojos 'til four.  The Mojos gig finished on September 1st when Link replaced them.  In a way they were pleased  —  two 'til four is a long day, but they were also sad because there were no other dance ventures (apart from Rose-A-Lee) in Christchurch.


An iteration of FOM featuring Gary Sammons, Mike Mitchell, Don Gutry, Mike Lewis and Maurice Sammons