Le Frame

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Le Frame
Peter Bayliss (Guitar), Doug Thomas (Drums), Neil Edwards (Bass Guitar), Fred Bower (Lead Guitar/Vocals) and Rob Carpenter (Keyboards)

In 1966, Fred Bower was looking to form a soul/rhythm and blues band, inviting invited Mike Harrison and Denis Winters to join him.  Mike and Denis were presently members of The Zarks and along with Toodie Brown, agreed to participate in some rehearsals to see what it would be like.  After the rehearsals, when it came time to commit to being full-time, Denis decided to stay with The Zarks and Brown disappeared, leaving just Mike, so Fred set about recruiting Mike Donnelly, from Soul Agents on drums, and Max Wolfgramm from Intimate Blues Connection, on keyboards.  After further rehearsals, this became the line-up that finally launched as Le Frame in 1967.  They gained a residency at The Galaxie and played a good variety of soul covers.  Fred Bower was the focal point of the group, with his afro hair style and good looks, he was popular with his audiences.  During the two years of their existence, there were a number of line-up changes.  Mike Harrison left and was replaced by Bob Taylor, previously with The Crying Shame.  Bob, himself being replaced by Neil Edwards, who had come from The Underdogs.  Mike Donnelly was replaced by Doug Thomas (previously with Rex and The Roadrunners and also The Breakaways.  Peter Bayliss had a stint on guitar and Billy Brothers, from Intimate Blues Connection, joined as bass player.  Dave Stewart, from the Boddys, was the only other member on guitar.  Le Frame only ever recorded one single which was Knock On Wood // Get Ready on Allied International in 1967.  Knock On Wood was a good cover complete with thunder and lightning sound effects.  The line-up on this recording was Bower, Edwards, Wolfgramm and Thomas.  Max Wolfgramm joined a later version of the Music Convention in 1969, and Neil Edwards was in Rainbow in 1974.


Fred Bower (Lead Guitar/Vocals), Max Wolfgramm (Keyboards/Vocals),
Michael Harrison (Bass Guitar/Vocals) and Mike Donnelly (Drums)

Fred Bower, Doug Thomas,
Peter Bayliss, Rob Carpenter and Neil Edwards