Episode Six

From: Harrow, London, England

Episode Six were an English rock band out of Harrow, London. The band never had commercial success in the U.K., releasing nine singles that all failed to chart. Members Ian Gillan and Roger Glover left in 1969 to join Deep Purple, while Mick Underwood founded Quartermass and later collaborated with Gillan.

The original line-up consisted of Glover (bass), Andy Ross (vocals), siblings Sheila Carter-Dimmock (keyboards, vocals) and Graham Carter-Dimmock (guitar, vocals), Tony Lander (guitar), and Harvey Shield (drums). The band initially rehearsed at the Carter-Dimmock’s family home, and were influenced by bands like the Beach Boys, the Lovin’ Spoonful, and the Beatles.

The band signed a management deal with Gloria Bristow in 1965. In April of that year, Episode Six were offered a short residency in the Arcadia Club in Frankfurt, Germany, playing from 7pm to 3am every night for a month, with only 15 minutes’ break every hour. As soon as they returned, Ross decided to get married and left the band. Consequently, Bristow recommended Gillan as a replacement. Shortly after, they signed a deal with the Dick Katz/Harold Davidson Ltd agency. The band had difficulties finding regular work, however, feeling the agency was far more focused on other bands. By the end of 1965, Episode Six managed to land a deal with Pye Records. They were averaging twenty shows a month from July ’65 onwards and cut their first single, a cover of the Hollies’ “Put Yourself In My Place,” which was released in early 1966.

Radio London booked the band to appear at one of their big open-air summer shows alongside David Bowie. Episode Six issued another three singles that year, all of which failed to chart. In September 1966 the group played on the Dusty Springfield package tour and did a weekly residency at the Marquee Club during October. Due to financial difficulties and a lack of chart success, the band were forced to do a long Christmas season in Beirut through December and January.

At this point, Episode Six had built up an impressive repertoire of covers and originals and would vary their setlist according the the audiences. They had also begun to do sessions for the BBC. They did a mini tour of London parks in mid-June 1967, performing two 45-minute sets, and played four weeks in Germany. Due to health issues, Shield left the band upon returning to London, and John Kerrison, was brought in as a replacement.

In mid 1968 the band signed a new deal with MGM Records and shortened their name to The Episode. They only ever released one single under this moniker (“Little One” – May 1968). They appeared on three UK TV shows to promote their name change, and recorded dozens of tracks for radio sessions over the course of the year, including the new Radio 1 Club. However, the band was not getting along with their new drummer, and he was eventually fired and replaced by ex Outlaws drummer Mick Underwood.

After leaving MGM Episode Six signed with Chapter One records, and released “Lucky Sunday” in September 1968, which became their eighth single to fail to chart in the UK. “Mozart Vs The Rest” followed in February 1969. This also failed to chart.

At this time, the band decided they needed to update their musical style from pop-rock to a heavier sound. They began work on a debut album, but the project was never finished. In June 1969 Ritchie Blackmore and Jon Lord came to see Episode Six play live in London, and then offered Gillan a job in Deep Purple. Glover helped Deep Purple on a session and was also asked to join the band. Gillan and Glover helped Episode Six fulfill existing bookings in the short term, and then quit following their first gig with Deep Purple at the Speakeasy on July 10.

John Gustafson (bass, vocals) joined Episode Six who carried on for a brief time. Sheila rehearsed with Pete Robinson, John Gustafson and Mick Underwood as a quartet, before they formed the trio Quartermass. Episode Six continued on and off until 1974. On December 6, 2015, the band reunited for their 50th anniversary, performing in front of an audience of family and friends in London.

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Tracks played on Psychedelicized…

From the 1967 single Pye 7N.17376

  • I Can See Through You

From the compilation album The Complete Episode Six – The Roots Of Deep Purple

  • Time and Motion Man