The history of this legendary Rock 'n' Roll band goes back to the summer of 1967 to an old roadside cafe in Biggin Hill Kent on the outskirts of South London that became one of the most famous haunts for Rockers & Teddy Boys... The one and only Nightingale Cafe.
It was here that they all first met up and played their very first gig as the Wild Angels, a name that founder member Mitch Mitchell came up with when the film 'Wild Angels' was released that was banned by sensors in the UK. The band had begun to attract an incredibly large following of hard core Rock 'n' Roll fans on the strength of all their performances, and were soon being booked around the South London area where they all lived.
It was now 1968, and it wasn't long before agencies and promoters started to contact the band because of their popularity, and being one of the very few Rock 'n' Roll bands playing in Britain at that time, were soon booked to work with the legendary Bill Haley & The Comets, and in 1969 were selected to be Gene Vincent's backing band on a British tour. By now the Wild Angels were keeping to a hectic schedule of live gigs both in Britain and Europe with many records being released, and in 1973 succeeded in reaching the No.1 spot in the Swedish charts with a single entitled 'I Fought The Law' with Keith Read at the helm. The band's material and stage act was and always has been based on the golden era of Rock 'n' Roll from the late fifties, and the Wild Angels namely Mitch Mitchell, Keith Read, Wild Bob Burgos (who was also in the early line-up) and newest member Rusty Lupton have proved that the appeal of music by artists like... Eddie
Cochran, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Gene Vincent and Little Richard still lives on, not only with those who witnessed the meteoric rise of Rock 'n' Roll, but also with a new generation who want to see and hear this music in it's more realistic aspect.
It was back in the early 70's when I first started the Wild Angels fan club... We had members from all over the world, even reaching as far as South America. We sent out regular news letters, tour dates, arranged record sales, gathered lists of Rockin' venues, as well as news, interests and info of all the individual band members etc, etc... It was great fun, and today they are still recognised as one of Europe's top Rock 'n' Roll outfits... Entertainment, Nostalgia and Excitement... As it was, and as it should be...
The Wild Angels Ride Again!!
Pam Russell (May, 2013)
(Former Wild Angels Fan Club Secretary)