OK, let's get this baby back on the road.
Brian Poole & The Tremeloes - the fourth most famous thing to come out of Dagenham in the 60s after motor cars, Dudley Moore and Sandie Shaw.
Still most famous for being the group who beat The Beatles to a Decca contract on 1st January 1962.
(While The Beatles' audition that day has been picked over endlessly, has anyone actually heard the audition tape which beat it? - Has it ever been released?).
Charted with 'Twist & Shout' (ironically a much inferior version to Lennon's - mind, that might be the greatest cover of all time!!!!) and then had a huge hit with 'Do You Love Me?', but the group were cursed with the same problem that Andrew Oldham was so aware might thwart The Rolling Stones' progress - namely, that they didn't write their own material.
Poole went his own way by 1966 - a common event in the mid-60s (Paul Jones, Wayne Fontana) - and, against the odds, was less successful than the group he left, as The Trems continued to have sporadic hits, some huge, through to the end of the decade.