Plastic Penny

Plastic PennyFrom: United Kingdom

Plastic Penny was a British pop band that formed in November of 1967. The band only lasted until August 1968, releasing one hit single in early 1968, with “Everything I Am.” Most of the band’s members went on to greater fame with other bands or as session musicians. Most of Plastic Penny’s music was psychedelic pop with hints of prog rock on some of their album tracks. The members of Plastic Penny were Brian Keith (vocals), Paul Raymond (keyboards, guitar), Mick Graham (guitar), Nigel Olsson (drums), and Tony Murray (bass). The band’s primary writers were Keith, Paul, and Murray. Keith soon left the band and Raymond took over as vocalist. Their music was released on Page One Records, and their swansong was appearing at the first Isle of Wight Festival on August 31, 1968.

“Everything I Am” made it all the way to #6 on the UK Singles Chart. The song was a slow ballad version of a Box Tops’ song written by Spooner Oldham and Dan Penn. Plastic Penny added a string arrangement to the song as well. Grabham (then billed as Graham) went on to play with Cochise and Procol Harum. Keith became the lead singer for the Congregation, while Raymond was hired as a replacement in the band Chicken Shack, later playing in UFO. Olsson became a highly sought-after session musician. playing on Elton John’s early material, as well as with the Spencer Davis Group, Uriah Heep, Kiki Dee, Neil Sedaka, Rod Stewart, and Leo Sayer. ~ Wikipedia

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Tracks played on Psychedelicized…

From the 1968 album Two Sides Of A Penny
Two Sides of a Penny

  • Everything I Am
  • Genevieve
  • Strawberry Fields Forever
  • Take Me Back

From the 1969 album Currency

  • Your Way To Tell Me Go

From the 1970 compilation Heads I Win – Tails You Lose

  • Celebrity Ball
  • She Does