The Epics

the-4-zodiacsFrom: East London, England

The Epics, out of East London, later evolved into Acid Gallery and then Christie. The band started out in the early 60’s as The 4 Zodiacs with Vic Elmes (lead guitar, vocals), Ian Jansen (guitar, vocals), Bill Fifield (drums, vocals), and Stuart Tann (bass, vocals). Influenced by the skiffle craze they played at parties, weddings and pubs. The band was managed by Jansen’s mother.

Bill Fifield left the band and was replaced by Mike Blakley. Shortly after, the band was signed to Starlite Enterprises, and changed their name to The Epics. Fifield later changed his name to Legend and went on to become the drummer of T. Rex.

Around this time, The Epics signed a recording contract with Pye Records, where they recorded two singles. Neither single made much impact, and their contract with Pye was not renewed. The B-side to their second single is an excellent rendition of the Rolling Stones’ “Blue Turns To Grey.” The song was actually supposed to be The Epics’ next single, but they were prevented from releasing it because Cliff Richard was about to release his version of the song.

The Epics signed a deal with CBS Records and recorded one final single, “Traveling Circus”/”Henry Long.” Despite appearing on “Thank Your Lucky Stars” and the “Jimmy Young Show,” the single failed to garner much attention. The Epics became Blossom for a brief period before becoming Acid Gallery.

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From the 1966 single Pye 7N 17053

  • Blue Turns To Grey

From the 1968 single CBS 3564

  • Henry Long