Bo Street Runners

The Bo Street RunnersFrom: London, England

The Bo Street Runners are mostly remember for the brief presence of a young Mick Fleetwood as a member. The Bo Street Runners were one of many London-area R&B rock band that developed during the British Invasion. Never coming close to hit, the band was still able to release about an album’s worth of material between 1964-1966. They released four singles for Decca and Columbia, as well as a rare limited-edition EP. The Bo Street Runners were considered to be fairly derivative and unremarkable compared to the other top R&B bands of the time, however, much of their work was at least respectable, with a couple of above-average songs that are of interest to British Invasion collectors.

The band first got noticed with a residency at the Railway Hotel, the same venue The Who played numerous shows at before they developed a following. The Bo Street Runners entered a competition of the British pop music TV show Ready Steady Go. For the show, it was required that the band make a demo; this ended up being their four-song, self-titled EP, in which only about 100 copies were ever pressed. These EP’s were then used to sell to fans at gigs. Although seen as standard-issue R&B, the song “Bo Street Runner” is considered a highlight, reminiscent of early Rolling Stones and Pretty Things. The band won the competition in October 1964, where they received a contract with Decca Records. The band only ever recorded one single for Decca, a tamer version of  “Bo Street Runner.” The Bo Street Runners then moved to Columbia Records, where they recorded three singles between 1965-1966. With Columbia, the band moved towards a more soul-jazz-influenced sound. The band’s “best” song was “Baby Never Gonna Say Goodbye,” which was written by Timmy Moeller of Unit 4 + 2, whose band shared management with The Bo Street Runners. Mick Fleetwood drummed on the single, but when it failed to go anywhere, Fleetwood left the band for Peter B’ Looners. The Bo Street Runners made one last attempt to find a hit with a soul-oriented cover of The Beatles’ “Drive My Car.” The band brought in new singer Mike Patto for this record. The Bo Street Runners broke up soon after. Patto went on to have a brief solo career before doing spells with The Chicago Line Blues Band, Timebox, Patto, and Spooky Tooth.

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From the compilation Never Say Goodbye: The Complete Recordings 1964-1966
Never Say Goodbye- The Complete Recordings 1964-1966

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