The Flying Machine

From: London, England

The Flying Machine was a London based band best known for their 1969 hit single “Smile A Little Smile For Me,” which peaked at #5 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. The band was put together by a pair of songwriters/producers named Tony Macauley and Geoff Stevens who were looking for a group of musicians to perform and record their material. Members included Steve Jones (guitar, vocals), Stuart Coleman (bass), Paul Wilkinson (drums), Sam Kempe (vocals) and Tony Newman (vocals).

All of the band’s members, with the exception of Wilkinson, had previously been members of Pinkerton’s Assorted Colours. During The Flying Machine’s career between 1969-1971, they issued on LP (Down To Earth With The Flying Machine) and six 45s on the Pye label. One of the band’s follow-up singles was a cover of The Marmalade’s “Baby Make It Soon,” which also made the U.S. charts in 1970. The group had grow tired of their pop-oriented style, and decided to make a shift to a harder, more psychedelic sound, This can be heard on 1971’s “The Devil Has Possession Of Your Mind.” Shortly after the release of the single, the band split up.

~ Tapestry of Delights Revisited’ by Vernon Joynson.

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Tracks played on Psychedelicized…

From the 1969 single Pye 7N 17722

  • Smile A Little Smile For Me

From the 1970 single Pye 7N 17914

  • The Flying Machine