The Avengers

When I was seventeen, it was a very good year

For Beatle Bands and Rolling Stones, Sony & Cher

They changed the world; and made us dream

When I was seventeen.


Here is the extract for the Avengers from a pop anthology

The Avengers

L-R Steve / Ricky / Stuart / Ken / Brian

Ken Charleson - lead vocals
Ricky Ash - lead guitar, backing vocals
Steve Pstrowski - rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Jack Keddy - bass
Stuart Tosh - drums, backing vocals

Named after the hugely popular TV show starring Patrick McNee & Diana Rigg The Avengers were an Edinburgh beat / chart covers group active from the early sixties to the early seventies and contemporaries of 'The Athenians'. In 1965 they recorded a cover version of The Beatles' 'I Don't Want To Spoil The Party' for a four-track EP for the Edinburgh Students Charities Appeal which also featured The Athenians' version of 'Louie Louie',  'The Buildings' by Ray and Archie Fisher and  the Mingulay Boat Song by Lynn and Kathy.

Unfortunately it has been said that this sole recording is not at all representative of their sound. Though signed to Edinburgh's Waverly records, no other disc was ever released.  They performed with The Bachelors and Billy J Kramer and replaced The Athenians as residents at The Gamp (venue) in Edinburgh.

Ken's brother was the late Scottish actor Ian Charleson (probably best known for his parts in 'Chariots of Fire' & 'Gandhi').

Stuart Tosh turned up later in Scottish pop group 'Pilot' who released the highly successful singles 'January' & 'Magic'.

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Ghoulz (2006/11/12)