Wilde World: Staccatos

Kim Wilde’s first records were written and produced by her father and brother, Marty and Ricky. The three of them have had a great influence on the music world, as this regular series ‘Wilde World’ shows.

The Staccatos were formed in 1963 by vocalist Dean Hagopian, guitarist Vern Craig, bassist Brian Reading and drummer/vocalist Rick Bell. When Hagopian left the band, he was replaced by Lee Emmerson (vocals/guitar), who became the band’s principal songwriter. Their first single ‘Small town girl’ (1965) was followed by their debut album ‘Initially’ in 1966. This album featured a cover version of Marty Wilde’s ‘Bad Boy’. As you can hear below, the band’s version is a bit rougher than the original.

The Staccatos would release one more album together with The Guess Who (‘A Wild Pair, 1968) before changing the line-up once more and becoming the Five Man Electrical Band. That band would release four albums between 1969 and 1973.

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