The Mickey Finn

Mickey Finn, TheFrom: Bethnal Green, East London, England

The Mickey Finn is a band that was formed by guitarist Mickey Finn. Originally known as Mickey Waller, Finn started out with the instrumental band the Strangers in the summer of 1961. In 1963, Waller changed his name to Finn after hearing about the drummer Micky Waller. Finn joined forces with John “Fluff” Cooke (keyboards), John Burkitt (bass), Alan Marks (vocals), and Richard Brand (drums) to form Mickey Finn & The Blue Men. The band released their debut single in January 1964, and the one and only Jimmy Page recorded with the band for a few months.

Burkitt would soon leave the band, and was replaced first by Mick Stannard and then Rod Clark. At this time, the band renamed themselves the Mickey Finn. They went on to release four more singles, the last of which being “Garden Of My Mind.” This is their most well known song and has become a cult favourite over the years.

Finn would eventually revert to his old name once percussionist Mickey Finn became famous with T. Rex. Waller played guitar for Sam Gopal from 1969-1970 and the Heavy Metal Kids from 1972-1974. He then relocated to France and became a sought-after session musician. Waller again changed his name back to Finn and returned to the UK. Here he joined Steve Marriot’s All Stars in July 1975. In May 1976, Finn and fellow All Star Greg Ridley (bass) formed the Fallen Angels with Twink (drums), Guy Humphries (guitar). Initially, the band also included Bon Weston (guitar) and Keith Boyce (drums). After a crash on their way to their first gig, the Fallen Angels fell apart. Finn was the only remaining original member when the band re-emerged in July 1977 backing ex-Pretty Things singer Phil May.

Mickey Finn & The Blue Men reformed in 1999, and recorded the album Black Hour. They followed up with the Go Clean EP in 2004. Between 2004-2011, Finn formed a blues-rock duet with Joane Calice (vocals, bass). Finn passed away on February 1, 2013, right before his sixty-sixth birthday. ~ Wikipedia

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From the 1967 single “Garden Of My Mind”
Garden of My Mind

  • Garden Of My Mind