By Cranky Yanky
BLOGGER’S NOTE: I will no longer be including the occasional music criticism in my posts since I have realized that it only confuses the message. Besides, music is highly subjective, and opinions are like a**holes; everybody has one, and they all stink. So, moving forward, I intend to be like a restaurant critic who profiles the chef and kitchen staff but never mentions the food. If you still choose to $ample the menu after I have pointed out the unsanitary conditions, all I can say is Bon Appetit!
Of course, “Who Are They Now?” is a play on the VH1 TV series “Where Are They Now?” But considering that most of the 60s British Invaders have either moved on to their next incarnation or are desperately clinging to their last shred of (ir)relevance, an exploration of their ancestral origins seems more logical. I did a lot of genealogical work for this post but fear not, dear reader, since most of these characters appear to have magically manifested into this realm out of thin air. When I do have family history information to share, I have attempted to make it as concise and painless as possible. So, let’s “meet the parents,” shall we?
ERIC VICTOR BURDON was previously the vocalist of the rock band The Animals. Wikipedia informs us that his father’s name was “Matt.” Really? It took me about a minute to locate the full name (Matthew “Baird” Burdon), so why can’t the writers at Wikipedia? Are they concerned that someone like me might uncover that Eric Burdon is a direct descendant of an elite gentleman like “Sir Richard de Lancaster II” through his grandmother Georgina Baird?
Wikipedia fails to mention it, but according to this bio, “Matt” was a soldier in the ROYAL ARMY. Next, they list Eric’s mother as simply “Rene,” even though her name was Irene Taylor. Why is Wikipedia obfuscating verifiable, easy-to-find information? Do they have an agenda, or are they just uninterested and inept? Then they feed us some cock and bull story about Eric Burdon’s middle name, “Victor.”
WIKIPEDIA: Burdon later recalled that his middle name “Victor” had been chosen after encouragement from the Lord Mayor, who offered new mothers 25 pounds if their newborns were given a patriotic “war name.” Could it simply be that Eric Burdon inherited the name Victor from his mysterious grandfather Jack “Victor” Taylor? I say mysterious because Burdon’s maternal ancestry does not extend beyond his grandparents. FUN FACT: After the Lord Mayor’s edict, Rape and Pillage became popular baby names, and one family reportedly collected a cool 75P by naming their triplets Sack, Rout, and Raid…JK.
ALAN PRICE was the original keyboardist for The Animals. His family history is even more mysterious than Burdon’s because it does not exist, not even a mother or father. After the Animals, Price succeeded with his own band, appeared on his own television show, and achieved success with film scores. Price has worked frequently with film director Lindsay Anderson whose father was Major General Alexander Vass Anderson. BRYAN JAMES CHANDLER (Died 1996) was the original bassist in the Animals. Like Alan Price, he appears to have been created in a test tube. Why are these Animals so difficult to track? What are they hiding? After the Animals, Chandler became a talent scout, artist manager, and record producer. Chandler was a key figure in Jimi Hendrix’s rise to critical and commercial success, and Hendrix’s sound engineer recalled that Chandler was very “hands-on,” adding that “he was his mentor (handler), and I think it was very necessary.” Necessary for what, to expedite his demise?
MICHAEL PETER HAYES (Died 2003), known as Mickie Most, was the record producer behind the first three Animals albums. All we know of his family history is that he was the son of a “Regimental Sergeant-Major.” THOMAS BLANCHARD WILSON, JR. (Died 1978) produced the subsequent five Animals albums. Wilson was born in Waco, Texas, and nothing is known of his family roots beyond his mother and paternal grandparents. While attending Fisk University, Wilson was “invited” to HARVARD University. Were black men getting “invited” to attend Harvard in the early 1950s? Even if Wilson had only attended Fisk University, a perusal of that school’s notable alumni would confirm that he descended from a wealthy and prominent family.
The Hollies are one of the few UK groups of the early 1960s, along with The Rolling Stones, who have never disbanded and continue to record and perform. All nine of their releases during the 60s were produced by RON RICHARDS, who was born Ronald Richard Pratley. Wikipedia states that his father was an UNKNOWN (?) Irish jockey, and that he was ADOPTED at an early age. If he was unknown, how could anything about him be known? As a young man, Ron Richards was ‘Con-Scripted” to play piano and saxophone for the central band of THE ROYAL AIR FORCE. Founding members ALLAN HAROLD CLARKE and GRAHAM WILLIAM NASH (of Crosby, Stills & Nash fame) continue to keep mum about their mums (and dads) even though their parents are long dead. Why? Do dead people need privacy? What do Clarke and Nash have to hide?
The Moody Blues
The following members of The Moody Blues have NO FAMILY HISTORY: ANTHONY RALPH CLARKE (died 2010) record producer best known for producing The Moody Blues from 1966 to 1979. JUSTIN DAVID HAYWARD, lead singer and guitarist. JOHN CHARLES LODGE bassist and vocalist. GRAEME CHARLES EDGE drummer. DENNY LAINE was born Brian Frederick Hines and is known as a founder of two major rock bands: the Moody Blues and Wings (with Paul and Linda McCartney…Denny “Penny” Laine “Lane.”)
RAYMOND THOMAS (died 2018): Wikipedia knows where and under what circumstances this flutist and founding member was born, where his (unnamed) father’s family originated, and his (unnamed) grandfather’s various occupations. They can name the places, but they can’t place the names. MICHAEL THOMAS PINDER was the original keyboard player and is the only band member whose parents are known. However, the compilers at Wikipedia couldn’t be bothered to spend five minutes locating the full names, Bertram Robert Pinder and Gladys Millicent Lay. Michael Pinder has an extensive family tree, and his maternal grandmother was a “Riley” whose mother’s name was “Wells,” both prominent peerage names, but those genealogical Wells quickly ran dry. Here are some interesting family photos, though.
PIC #1: Michael’s father Bertram who served in the MILITARY for at least 12 years.
PIC #2: Michael’s grandparents Bertram and Sarah Riley on their wedding day.
PIC #3: Sarah Riley in later years with someone named “Stewart” “Barr”, both prominent peerage names.
The Moody Blues could be “(K)nights in White Satin,” but if asked, they would likely say, “I’m Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band),” so bugger off you common tosser.
The Rolling Stones
SIR MICK JAGGER SLAMS ANTI-VAXXERS The Rolling Stones frontman admitted lyrics in ‘Eazy Sleazy’ – his surprise collaboration with Dave Grohl – are “a p***-take on conspiracy theories” and though he was astonished by the views of some of his “relatively sensible” friends and family members about the immunisation programme, he’s learned there is “no point” in trying to change their minds with reasonable discussion.
It seemed odd to me that “SIR” MICHAEL PHILIP JAGGER, a counter-culture bad boy, would be knighted by the Queen of England. That is until I discovered that Jagger’s paternal grandmother’s surname is FANSHAWE, which I could trace to royalty directly. There have also been several high-ranking British MILITARY officers named Fanshawe throughout the years.
- Sir Arthur Fanshawe (1794-1864) British naval officer
- Sir Arthur Dalrymple Fanshawe (1847-1936) British naval officer
- Charles Fanshawe (1817-1901) British military officer
- Sir Edward Fanshawe (1814-1906) British naval officer
- Sir Edward Fanshawe (1859-1952) British army officer
- Evelyn Fanshawe (1895-1979) in charge of N. relief operation in British Zone of Germany
- Robert Fanshawe (1740-1823) British naval officer
- Robert Fanshawe (1863-1946) British general
- Edward Fanshawe (1859-1952) British general
- Hew Dalrymple Fanshawe (1860-1957) British general
Mick Jagger’s great-grandfather Frederick Fanshawe was married to a woman named Harriet Hall. Jagger’s alleged romantic partner from 1977-1999 was model Jerry Hall. Even though Jerry was born and raised in Texas, she and Mick’s great-grandparents lived less than 50 miles apart in England.
Wikipedia informs us that Jerry Hall descended from Humphrey Best, an associate of Daniel Boone. While that is true, it conveniently stops short of mentioning that Humphrey Best’s son Isaac (Jerry’s 5th great-grandfather) was married to the daughter of General John Wilkins, Jr. (Jerry’s 6th great-grandfather pictured above.) And the Wilkins line descends from an extensive peerage family named Stradling/d’Esterling, traceable back to the 11th century. Of course, Jerry Hall was not just some small-town Texas girl who happened to be “discovered” while sunbathing in the French Riviera. I mean, she IS married to Rupert Murdoch after all. RUPERT MURDOCH RECEIVES DOSE OF COVID VACCINE IN UK
KEITH RICHARDS’ father was a Military man who was “allegedly” wounded during the Normandy Invasion. His paternal grandparents were socialists and civic leaders who, according to Richards himself, “more or less created the Walthamstow Labour Party.” Richards and Brian Jones also somehow attended the finest schools despite being “middle class.”
The Rolling Stone’s first six albums were produced (handled) by a “self-proclaimed hustler” named ANDREW LOOG OLDHAM. Oldham claims his mother was Celia Oldham, wife of Andrew Loog, a United States Air Force veteran killed in action in June 1943. However, records confirm that Andrew Loog married a woman named Eleanora Taormina in September of 1942 (I could find no evidence that Celia Oldham ever existed.) For Andrew Loog Oldham’s story to hold water, his “father” would have needed to divorce his brand-new wife Eleanora Taormina, get re-married to Celia Oldham, and impregnate her all within seven months (9/42 – 4/43). Yeah, I don’t think so. Why is Andrew Loog Oldham hustling us about his family history? JIM MILLER was the handler of the band’s last two albums of the decade. He is the son of Bill Miller who is best known for serving as the “entertainment director” for several large casino hotels in Las Vegas from the 1950s to the 1970s. Bill Miller was born to Russian-Jewish parents, but he DID NOT KNOW HIS FAMILY’S ORIGINAL SURNAME. What? Why not?
The Spencer Davis Group
The Spencer Davis Group was founded by SPENCER DAVIS, born Spencer David Nelson Davies (died 2020), the son of a Military Paratrooper. (NO FAMILY HISTORY.)
STEVE WINWOOD was born Stephen Lawrence Winwood, and he was a key member of several significant acts of the 1960s and 1970s, including The Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, and Blind Faith. He has also enjoyed a successful solo career. I could trace much of Winwood’s family history except for his maternal grandfather William George Saunders which is a prominent surname within the UK peerage. Still, I would have no reason to suspect Royal connections if it weren’t for the fact that Winwood’s eldest daughter is married to Benjamin William Elliot, nephew of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. (Yes, that Camilla.)
Steve Winwood’s wife, Eugenia Crafton, is a Tennessee native whom he married in 1987. Eugenia Crafton’s mother was a PARKER (Camilla PARKER Bowles?), and her 3rd-great-grandfather William Parker’s wife was a Saunders, like Steve Winwood’s mysterious grandfather mentioned above. Eugenia also has a 2nd-great-grandmother named Jane MIDDLETON (Kate MIDDLETON, Duchess of Cambridge?) whose father, according to the 1840 census, owned 70(!) slaves. All coincidence, no doubt.
CHRISTOPHER BLACKWELL-born Christopher Percy Gordon Blackwell was the producer (handler) of the group’s albums until Steve Winwood left to form Traffic. In his early 20s, Blackwell left his job as aide-de-camp to Jamaica’s Governor, Sir Hugh Foot, to pursue a career managing jukeboxes (?), which brought him into contact with the Jamaican music community. He then became shipwrecked (?) and was rescued by Rasta fishermen (?) who tended his wounds and restored him to health (Come Gwope, Mon!) Blackwell then formed Island Records with a start-up investment provided by his parents, Joseph Blackwell, a major in the Jamaica Regiment, and Blanche Lindo Blackwell, a Jamaican heiress, who as mistress to Ian Fleming is believed to have inspired some of his most memorable James Bond characters, like Pussy Galore and Honey Ryder.
I am compiling these profiles in alphabetical order and still have “The Who” and “The Zombies” left to complete, but I fear this post is getting long and tedious. Not to worry, though, since it’s just more of the same.
ROGER DALTREY: I’M GRATEFUL TO HAVE RECEIVED MY CORONAVIRUS JAB “I haven’t had blood clots and I haven’t got horns growing out of my head. I’m really grateful.”
It seems eerily prescient, does it not, that Tavistock was naming their creations things like W.H.O. and ZOMBIES in the 1960s and that Hollywood has produced HUNDREDS of Zombie movies.
I know that I promised no music criticism, but I must state that “Time of the Season” may be my favorite song of all-time. I have never grown tired of hearing it…and now I’m wondering why that is. Could this be the song that triggers the Zombie Apocalypse?