In 1984 Helen McCookerybook, formally
with , in conjunction with Dave Jago, Marc Jordan
and Paul Davey, formed a brass dominated band; Helen and the
Horns. As well as a session for the John Peel show they released,
during the next couple of years, a number of records on the RCA,
Thin Sliced and Rockin' Ray labels, Helen writing all of the
original material. The exceptions being a cover of the Rodgers
and Hammerstein classic Surrey With The Fringe On Top, and
a laudable rendition of Secret Love by Sammy Fain and
In 1985 they had hit their peak. Because of problems with record company distribution they decided, rather than struggle, to knock it on the head while they were still enjoying themselves. Following a successful gig at the University of Leeds they then went their separate ways.
|Helen McCookerybook||Guitar and vocals|
|Paul Davy||Alto sax|
|Chris Smith||Trumpet and timpani||Replaced Marc Jordan|
|Tony Hepworth||Trumpet||Replaced Chris Smith|
Footsteps at my door/Secret love (RCA, HEL1)
Surrey with the fringe on top/Happy ending (Take 5 - 12" only) (RCA, HEL2)
Side one recorded at Elephant Studios, Wapping, in January 1985.
Side two recorded live at the ICA, London, on 6 October, 1984, for the Radio One John Peel Show.
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Last updated by Peter Lyell on 26 January 1997