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Releases (4)
Songs (44)
# SONG Release
21 White Horse - ORIGINAL - K14 Trapeze Play Add to current playlist
22 Rumania - ORIGINAL - K14 Trapeze Play Add to current playlist
23 Iris In Plasma - ORIGINAL - K14 Trapeze Play Add to current playlist
24 Chaddlewax - ORIGINAL - K14 Trapeze Play Add to current playlist
25 Ed Welch - ORIGINAL - K14 Trapeze Play Add to current playlist
26 Band Interview - ORIGINAL - K14 Various Sessions Play Add to current playlist
27 Brighton - ORIGINAL - K14 Various Sessions Play Add to current playlist
28 Chaddlewax (band Version) - ORIGINAL - K14 Various Sessions Play Add to current playlist
29 Feather Sesh 2 - ORIGINAL - K14 Various Sessions Play Add to current playlist
30 Feather - ORIGINAL - K14 Various Sessions Play Add to current playlist
31 Gargantuous Groan - ORIGINAL - K14 Various Sessions Play Add to current playlist
32 Go Your Way (piano Version) - ORIGINAL - K14 Various Sessions Play Add to current playlist
33 Green (band Version) - ORIGINAL - K14 Various Sessions Play Add to current playlist
34 Iris In Plasma - ORIGINAL - K14 Various Sessions Play Add to current playlist
35 Live Walkin - ORIGINAL - K14 Various Sessions Play Add to current playlist
36 Lord Of The Ringside (band Version) - ORIGINAL - K14 Various Sessions Play Add to current playlist
37 Lust - ORIGINAL - K14 Various Sessions Play Add to current playlist
38 Motorway - ORIGINAL - K14 Various Sessions Play Add to current playlist
39 Pathway (band Version) - ORIGINAL - K14 Various Sessions Play Add to current playlist
40 Pathway (piano Version) - ORIGINAL - K14 Various Sessions Play Add to current playlist

Recordings:

Recording date:
Group Members: Alan Hodgson (vocs), Ley Perryman (drums), Paul Arscott (bass gtr), Dave Ahern (gtr), Terry Ball (gtr), Steve Parish (kbds). Second line-up: Dave Ahern (gtr/vocs), John Morrissey (harmonica/vocs), Nick Brockway (kbds), Greg Hamilton (bass gtr), Ley Perryman (drums). 
Additional Info: Clown originated from Plymouth in 1971. Terry Ball had originally fronted Champagne (see entry) and played in various Blues and R&B bands before them. Paul Arscott was also in Champagne.

Clown were helped out by Mike Weston of another local successful R&B act called The Betterdays (see entry) who arranged and paid for Clown's first ever recording session at  Gemini studios in Cricklewood in January, 1971. These demo recordings (engineered by Philip Cecil and Tony Apple) were then touted around for a record deal. CBS took interest and signed up Clown who had also gained a publishing deal with Chappell immediately after the demos were recorded.

CBS released their first and last single in 1972 to promote the band's LP entitled Trapeze and the band were given a live schedule to fill supporting acts such as Lindisfarne, Man and Black Widow. CBS quickly lost interest in the band and failed to issue their proposed LP. Clown had also been frequent vistors to the studios and made several demo recordings during and after the sessions for their unreleased LP.

As CBS had given up trying to promote the band, Clown eventually split up temporarily losing most members. Dave Ahern and Ley Perryman continued to use the name and recorded more material in hope that there may still be interest from the record companies. This second line-up of Clown included John Morrissey who had previously played in Skye (see entry) who were another Plymouth band. Skye had been offered a record deal by EMI, but the band members turned it down.

 

All recorded and photographic material kindly supplied by Ley Perryman.

All recorded and photographic material copyright Ley Perryman/Clown. 2011.

Very special thanks to Ley Perryman, Alan Hodgson, Mike Weston and Terry Ball.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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