The Cherokees

About The Cherokees

Sons of Worcester, England, the Leeds-based John Kirby Wollard (vocals), David Bower (rhythm guitar), Terry Stokes (lead guitar), Mick Sweeney (bass) and Jim Green (drums) began gigging at the start of the 60s. Their moment of glory came in autumn 1964 when their revival of Lonnie Donegan’s trudging b-side ‘Seven Daffodils’ spent five weeks in the UK Top 40, almost outpacing a version by the better-known Mojos. This feat was mostly attributable to generous pirate radio plugging and the production skills of Mickie Most, fresh from a chart-topper with the Animals, an act also signed to EMI Records. The Cherokees’ future looked rosy but their follow-up, ‘A Wondrous Place’, flopped. Further impetus was lost by a name change (to New York Public Library aka NYPL) and procrastination about their next release, 1966’s ‘Land 0f 1, 000 Dances’. This Chris Kenner opus, which also featured new drummer Mick Ibbotson, proved to be an error of judgement as it battled in vain against more simultaneous covers than had ‘Seven Daffodils’. By 1967, Wollard and Ibbotson had left NYPL although various line-ups continued to work together in later decades.

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