Years: Feb 1975 - 1977
Styles: Blues Rock, Classic Rock, Hard Rock
Roger Chapman - Harmonica, Lead vocals, Percussion (in band: 1975 - 1977)
Charlie Whitney - Guitar, Keyboards, Slide guitar (in band: 1975 - 1977)
Bobby Tench - Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Vocals (in band: 1975 - 1977)
Jon Plotel - Backing vocals, Bass Guitar (in band: 1975 - 1977)
Nicko McBrain - Drums, Percussion (in band: 1975 - 1977)
Micky Feat - Bass Guitar, Vocals (in band: 1977)
Dave Dowle - Drums, Percussion (in band: 1977)
Brian Johnsone - Keyboards, Vocals (in band: 1977)
After recording the album "Chapman Whitney Streetwalkers", Chapman and Whitney changed the name of their band to Streetwalkers and Tench joined them as an official band member, when they signed to Phonogram Records in 1975. Tench was joined by drummer Nicko McBrain, who would later join Iron Maiden and bass player Jon Plotel. They had previously appeared on a European broadcast for the German TV show Rockpalast with Chapman and Whitney earlier the same year, billed as The Chapman Whitney Streetwalkers. The band's first album, "Downtown Flyers" (1975) was released in both USA and Europe but did not achieve the anticipated success in USA, although interest in Europe was more encouraging.
Their second studio album, the groove heavy album "Red Card" (1976) reached #16 in UK album charts and remains a much respected album. The band performed at a series of concerts entitled Who Put The Boot In appearing at UK Football stadiums, during May and June 1976. The billing for these concerts included The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Little Feat, Outlaws, Widowmaker (UK) and Streetwalkers were the last act to appear before The Who performed,
On 19 April 1977 the same year, they made their final appearance on Rockpalast, with a line-up which included Chapman, Whitney, Tench, keyboardist Brian Johnstone, bassist Mickey Feat and drummer David Dowle who later joined Whitesnake.
By the time their third and final studio album "Vicious But Fair" (1977) was released, Vertigo had shifted their commercial emphasis to the musical trends of punk rock and new wave music. The euphoria surrounding the band began to diminish and the potential of becoming more established in Europe evaporated. "Streetwalkers Live" (1977) was their final album and included a rough and ready compilation of poorly recorded tracks, probably released to comply with contractual obligations. The band had broken up and Tench moved on to work with Van Morrisson, along with Feat.
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