How well known was Trapeze?

  • Before their members moved on to more famous (Purple, Priest, Whitesnake) bands? Did any of their records go gold? Did Deep Purple fans actually realize that Glenn had already released 3 albums before joining?

  • They found their most dedicated fan base in the Central and Southern states of the USA, with also a good following of fans on both left and right coasts...thanks to their early support gigs with The Moody Blues. Surprisingly they weren't as well known in their home country, the UK, despite a healthy local following, it didn't really spread out amongst the rest of the country, with the exception perhaps of in London. As for the rest of Europe, it's not clear. They really concentrated on the USA, which explains their continued popularity including up until today.

    I'm sure others can fill in some detail.

  • Surprisingly they weren't as well known in their home country, the UK, despite a healthy local following, it didn't really spread out amongst the rest of the country, with the exception perhaps of in London.

    As part of that local following I can verify that it was healthy. I saw Trapeze play at the Forum in Cannock, Top of the World in Stafford, Wolverhampton Civic Hall and Walsall Town Hall. There was a always a good turn out. I might be wrong but I thought there was a reasonable following in the north east.

    I had Medusa and You Are The Music, but the first album was hard to get hold of for a while. I didn't buy it when it first came out, but I remember McConnells Music Centre in Cannock devoting the whole window display to a large mock up of the cover complete with a real little trapeze.

    As a I was also a Deep Purple fan I was really excited at the idea of Glenn joining them. At first I hoped they'd be a four piece, with Glenn being the lead vocalist as well as the bass player. It was a bit sad that he left Trapeze, but the subsequent four piece Trapeze were a great live band and never failed to put on a good show when I saw them.

    The big disappointment was when the three piece Trapeze were supposed to reform in 76, sold tickets for a UK tour and it wasn't until we got to Wolverhampton Civic on the evening of the show that we found out that the tour was cancelled.

  • They came through Texas several times and I am not kidding, not exagerating at all....THEY JUST SET IT ON FIRE. I don't know how the combination of their music and what we needed to hear and how we felt came together so incredibly well...but yea.. Texans my age and from my area remember Trapeze very fondly. Medusa and You Are The Music was in everyone of my friend's cars' 8 tracks. No party I ever went to would be complete without Trapeze blaring over the speakers, that would be uncool not to have Trapeze in your collection. lol. No one had ever heard a singer like Glenn, or songs so cool, or such funky guitar.

    Anytime I talk to anyone I haven't seen in a while ...I bring the band up and they remember them when I speak about those times..and I tell them... some day...some day Glenn is coming back :cool: When he does, I am going to bring some of his oldest fans who haven't seen him in years, since we were all young...and they will be blown away and transported as I have been. He WILL feel the love.

  • Roger, 'came through Texas'?.......I've heard they were 'based' in Texas for a while!.......I can remember hearing 'Black Cloud' blared over the sound system at several concerts I attended in the 70's at the Baltimore Civic Center. They were my number one band in 1970 (I guess they still are number one with me!).........

  • I think Bill Hamm managed them for a while or booked them in Texas, and he was based in Texas. I met him a couple of times in the old days; he was ZZ Top's manager and also Eric Johnson's...screwed EJ's career up pretty good for a while, but I guess there's two sides to every story.

    And I'm not even sure that he managed or booked Trapeze...but I think this is the case. Glenn would have to say for sure.

    I was just talking to someone yesterday I went to high school with that saw them in Galveston and was going on and on about it.

  • I read somewhere that Ham did indeed manage them back then......might've been on the liner notes of the Dead Armadillos/Live in Texas cd..........

  • Trapeze was somewhat known in New England. I played drums back in high school, and while working a summer I met a co-worker who asked me to try jamming with his band. This guy played a little bit of guitar, keyboards, and drums, but was mainly the vocalist. And he introduced me to Trapeze by singing the highlights of the album, with an excellent impression of Glenn's vocals! Later I found the Medusa 8-track tape easily enough in a local record store for my car, and I was hooked on Hughes...

    A few years later, around 1975/76, another local bar band had several Hughes tunes in their set list, including "What is a Woman's Role" and "Getting Tighter."

    Trapeze definitely was not a household name by any means, but those in the know were familiar with them.

    I still live in the same area today, and recently one of our local newspaper writers started a blog where he was talking about great but relatively unknown music of the '70s, and at the top of his list was Trapeze! So I added a comment to his blog and we exchanged several emails after that discussing all things Hughes :cool:

  • I grew up listening to Trapeze even though I lived in Wisconsin.
    When I was just 9 or 10 my older brother had 8 track tapes of
    both Medusa & You Are The Music as well as the Purple albums
    Glenn was on. I became hooked on Trapeze & Glenn :bow: Then I went
    crazy over Hughes/Thrall :bow:
    Never saw them live but listen to their music all the time :thumbup:

  • I'm 46 from south carolina. I don't remember listening to trapeze at all. I don't even think I knew about them back then. I don't think I knew anyone else that jammed to them either. I just don't think that they got exposure around here. Then again, we are talking about the 70's, which was a time of (not enough) sex, (way too many) drugs, and (a lot of) R-n-R (some of which -from all 3 categories-I just can't remember).

    peace and love,

  • 46 eh?....that explains it.....I'm 59 from Baltimore and believe me, Trapeze was known around these parts!! They even played in Annapolis (hop, skip, and a jump from here) in '72!! Black Cloud would be played over the sound system at the Baltimore Civic Center before some concerts and the band definitely got 'airplay' on the radio. I remember hearing Black Cloud and You Are the Music quite a bit! :thumbup:

  • Trapeze had good airplay in St. Louis on K-SHE 95. Songs that were regularly played were Black Cloud, Your Love Is Alright, You Are The Music, Midnight Flyer, and Don't Ask Me How I Know. You can still hear K-SHE play Trapeze every once in a while on their Sunday morning Classics show. I remember that some friends of mine that didn't know any better, thought that the band that did Midnight Flyer were a black group.

    Since I didn't turn 16 and wasn't of age to get my drivers license until 1975, I missed out on seeing Trapeze the first time around. I grew up in a small town about 40 miles west of St. Louis. Going to shows before being able to drive was out of the question. Being the youngster that I am :cool: I also missed out on Trapeze playing at Chuck Berry's home in Wentzville, Missouri. Glenn told me that show was in 1973. Chuck's house was about 10 miles from where I lived, I guess I could have rode my bicycle to Chuck's :)

    I still remember that early morning back in 1994 when I was listening to the radio and hearing that later that day tickets would go on sale for Trapeze, featuring the original three-piece members. Called a few friends to see if they wanted to go and ended up getting five tickets in the second row :thumbup:

  • In the music press here in the UK they always got quite a bit of coverage. Let's put it this way, when Glenn joined DP when I was 13, I knew who Trapeze were. But I never saw them. I dont think they came up to Liverpool but could be wrong.

    Keith - I vaguely remember them playing in Bolton in ? 74 / 75 without Glenn, and the Wigan Casino where I booked the rock bands for Saturday nights.

    'You thought that you could take me for granted, but I couldn't take it no more. Better run if you see me coming ... '

  • Is this guy still using that phoney excuse of.......

    "I couldn't ride my bike 50 miles one way, in a blizzard, past my bedtime,
    on a school night, to see Glenn in Trapeze?"

    Some fan he is :rolleyes:


    Maybe some other New Yorker can correct me if I'm wrong,
    but I never heard any Trapeze music coming out of my radio.
    Ever. Up until, and including, today. Zilch.

    As best I can remember I listened to WCBS (before it became
    a "golden oldies" station) and WABC with Cousin Brucie.
    And on rare occasions, my poor parents got a few moments to listen to:
    'Double-You-N-E-Double-You.......eleven three New York'
    for their Perry Como, Nat "King" Cole and Mills Brothers music.

    Trapeze? :huh:
    Never heard of it :eek:


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