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Python Lee Jackson was an Australian rock band active from 1965 to 1968, before a brief sojourn in the United Kingdom. The group's most famous hit was "In a Broken Dream", featuring Rod Stewart as guest vocalist.
The original Python Lee Jackson was formed in December 1965, in Sydney by two British men – singer Frank Kennington and guitarist Mick Liber (born in Peebles, Scotland, on 1 March 1944) – after meeting drummer David Montgomery (born September 1945 in Melbourne). Together with bass player Roy James they played the underground circuit. In early 1966 Kennington deported back to the UK, and former Missing Links singer Bob Brady filled in for several months before Liber and Montgomery struck on the idea of putting a new version together.
A new Python Lee Jackson line-up came together around March 1966 when keyboard player and singer David Bentley (born in 1943, in Brisbane) left Sydney group Jeff St John & The Id to join Liber and Montgomery alongside former Unit 4 bass player Lloyd Hardy (aka Cadillac Lloyd Hudson).
In June the quartet added former Wild Cherries singer Malcolm McGee (born in Melbourne on 1 November 1945) and opened Rhubarb's club in Sydney's Liverpool Street. In September Bentley left (and rejoined the band in 1968) and was replaced by Bob Welsh. The band's first single, "Emergency Ward" c/w their version of the Bo Diddley song "Who Do You Love?", was actually a Ward Austin single featuring Python Lee Jackson as backing group.
Python Lee Jackson released a cover of Major Lance’s "Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um" c/w "Big City Lights" in December 1966 before Hardy was replaced by Duncan McGuire from Doug Parkinson's The Questions for three weeks. McGuire appeared on the band's cover of Sam and Dave’s "Hold On, I’m Coming" c/w "Your Mother Should Have Warned You" before Hardy (now going by the name Virgil East) returned for the band's first trip to Melbourne in early/mid March. While there the group performed at the Catcher from 17 to 19 March with various local bands each night. Python Lee Jackson returned to the city for an extended stay from 30 March to 16 April. Like its predecessor, the new single was a minor hit.
In April 1967, Dave MacTaggart from Adelaide band The Black Pearls replaced Virgil East. On 11 June the group appeared on Opus TV with The Loved Ones and Ray Hoff and The Offbeats. The new line-up released the band's final Australian single, "It’s a Wonder" c/w "I Keep Forgetting", in August before Welsh left to be replaced by saxophone player Bernie McGann.
|Python Lee Jackson - UK Single 15 Sep 1972 w. Papersleeve|
Malcolm McGee then joined vocal trio The Virgil Brothers with Rob Lovett (formerly of The Loved Ones) and Mick Hadley (formerly of Purple Hearts). McGee recorded two singles with the Virgil Brothers, including their Australian hit "Temptation 'Bout To Get Me", but he left the group just after they moved to the UK in late 1969 and was replaced by Danny Robinson (ex The Wild Cherries. McGee later played with McGuire in Rush. MacTaggart reunited with Liber briefly in Billy Thorpe's band.
Montgomery reunited with David Bentley in The David Bentley Trio. Around October 1968, they joined forces with Mick Liber and travelled to the UK where they revived the Python Lee Jackson name.
Arriving in the UK in October 1968 Bentley, Liber and Montgomery (joined by former Levi Smith Clefs' bass player John Helman) played at the Vesuvio club on Tottenham Court Road. In early 1969 they performed at the Arts Lab on Drury Lane for several months where they were spotted by DJ John Peel. In April 1969 Bentley, Liber and Montgomery, joined by Jamie Byrne from The Groove, recorded three tracks in the studio with British singer Rod Stewart.
Stewart was brought in to sing a few songs and one in particular, since Bentley had informed his bandmates that he didn't think his own voice was right for it. Recorded by John Peel, "In a Broken Dream" and several other songs sung by Stewart remained unreleased until 1970 when Miki Dallon re-produced the track for his Youngblood label and released it. The single was not a success on its release but Dallon re-released it in early 1972. The single rose to number three in the UK Singles Chart and #56 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
Following the recording of the songs with Stewart the group had continued to make sporadic live appearances and Time Out magazine advertised one show at the Bottleneck Club in the Railway Tavern, Stratford in London's East End on 28 June 1969. The band went on hiatus, during which the band members explored separate projects in the years from 1969 to 1972.
|Python Lee Jackson - UK Single 1971|
Following the dissolution of the band, Montgomery would go on to briefly play drums for the American band King Harvest. He had been due to meet with Brian Jones on the day of Jones's death to discuss a collaboration.
★ David Montgomery – drums
★ Mick Liber – guitar
★ David Bentley – keyboards, vocals
★ Gary Boyle – guitar
★ Tony Cahill – bass
★ Chris Belshaw – bass
01. In A Broken Dream Vocals – Rod Stewart 03:40
02. Boogie Woogie Joe 04:30
03. Doin' Fine Vocals – Rod Stewart 03:55
04. Sweet Consolation 04:10
05. The Blues Vocals – Rod Stewart 04:15
06. Turn The Music Down 03:00
07. If The World Stopped Still Tonight 03:05
08. Your Wily Ways 03:20
09. If It's Meant To Be A Party 03:20
10. Second Time Around The Wheel 04:50