Came across this promo shot of The Montanas - I think from 1967. You may recognise a couple of faces! John Jones and Terry Rowley who would later join Trapeze Mk.I - the latter would also occassionally contribute to both studio and live performances with the Mk.II and ultimately, 3-piece Trapeze.
One of the most popular local Wolverhampton groups of the 1960's, The Montanas, came together in 1964 with Johnny Jones as vocalist, Bill Hayward on lead guitar, Terry Rowley on bass and Graham Crewe on drums. The group was renowned for their comedy sketches as well as their superb renditions of contemporary American harmonies.
They recorded on Picadilly and Pye Records and their best remembered numbers, both released in 1967, were Ciao Baby and You've Got To Be Loved, the latter made it into the lower half of the American Hot 100.
The 1967 Pye Records UK release of Ciao Baby was backed with Anyone There - PYE 7N 17282.
In 1967 Jake Elcock joined the group from Finders Keepers and Graham Hollis became the drummer. In 1969 the group underwent a fundamental personnel change when Johnny Jones and Terry Rowley joined the original five-piece, Trapeze.
The third of four 1967 Pye Records UK releases garnered their biggest hit, You've Got To Be Loved backed with Difference Of Opinion - PYE 7N 17394.
TRAPEZE - Wolverhampton's original 'super-group' with Glenn Hughes, Mel Galley, Terry Rowley, Johnny Jones and Dave Holland. While they began life as a five-piece, they would ultimately reap bigger success as a trio.
Booklet from the Sequel Records CD
The Montanas - You've Got To Be Loved (Singles A's & B's)