John Drevar's Expression
John Drevar’s Expression originated from Southampton. John Drevar was originally in a band called The Planets with Beau Dinnage and David St. John (Dinnage and St. John moved into The Unforgiven). Drevar departed in 1965 to from The Expression. Group members were recruited from various other Southampton acts such as the Earth Angels and The Chris Shakespeare Movement. All of these named acts were handled by local entrepreneur and disc jockey, Dave Jay. Melvyn McRae and Derek Edmond had joined from the Earth Angels with Richie Hayes leaving the Chris Shakespeare Movement to join JDE. As well as there being continuous live work both at home and abroad, the newly-formed John Drevar’s Expression were signed up and recording their debut single for MGM records (UK division). In 1967, MGM issued The Closer She Gets b/w When I Come Home. Although the single didn’t sell sufficiently, the band were performing alongside people such as Jimi Hendrix at the Paris Olympia and the Playboy Club in London. They also played at the world premiere of the film, Thoroughly Modern Millie. By 1968, the band had decided to split with The Expression leaving to follow a more preferred progressive style. The band re-named themselves as Inflatable Toy (see entry). John Drevar returned to join Chris Shakespeare in The Globe Show who were then signed to Page One records.
John Drevar - aka Drever (vocals), Melvyn McRae (guitar), Colin Willsher (bass guitar), Geoff Vaughan, Richie Hayes (keyboard), Derek Edmond (drums), Barry Palmer, Keith Bennett (sax).
All recorded and photographic material kindly supplied by Richie Hayes, Derek Edmond.
All recorded and photographic material copyright John Drevar's Expression. 2012.
Special thanks to: Richie Hayes, Derek Edmond, David St. John.