Disagreements between the group and their manager over the direction the group should go, led to a split in the summer of 1966, and the group were taken on by Monty Banks, a local dance promoter in Falmouth. After Danny quit in 1967, the group continued with a new lead singer Greg Young. Danny joined Peace and Quiet in 1968, but the long anticipated success did not materialise, and with the death of Joe Meek on February 3rd 1967, any hope of their recordings being released faded, and finally in late 1967, the group went their separate ways.
In 2006, forty years later, John Challingsworth, now living in Sydney, Australia, planned to return to Cornwall for a holiday, and after contacting all the group members a reunion meal was arranged at The Green Lawns Hotel in Falmouth, Alan Toms and Peter Kay were now living in London, while Danny Gill and Gerald Lynch remained in Cornwall, David Peters, also still living in Cornwall, was also contacted and agreed to come.
In May 2006 the group, minus Peter Kay, who was unable to be there, finally got together for the first time in forty years, memories came flooding back, stories were retold, of the golden days of Cornish Pop Music, even the desire to play together for one last time, was evident. A photographer from the local paper, The Falmouth Packet was present, to capture that historic pose from forty years ago, which graced the front page of the paper, only this time it was in colour.
In August 2015, on the 50th Anniversary of the group's forming another reunion was held, at The Merchants Manor Hotel, in Falmouth.
Their recordings remain in the infamous “Tea Chest” tapes, (possibly along with their audition tape), which were 67 Tea Chests full of reel to reel tapes, containing about 5000 unreleased masters, demos, etc, left by Joe Meek at his death. They were bought for £300 by Cliff Cooper, after the auction of Joe Meek’s estate. The tapes labelled as recorded by Dannys Passion are “(It’s all leading up to) Saturday Night”, “Wanna Lover”, ( a version by Neil Christian, another Ex-Joe Meek artist, and produced by the writer Mikki Dallon was released in 1966 on Strike JH 319) “The World’s Not Big Enough”, “Left me”, “I Cried Over You”, “Over the Weekend”, also labelled as by the group is “Who’s Gonna Fight the Lions”, which, the group have heard, but it is definitely not by them, as Joe never wrote much information on the boxes, the actual artist or group remains a mystery.
According to sources which have seen the tapes, they are very well preserved, but, despite many campaigns over the years, to get all the tapes handed over to The National Sound Archives, they still remain unreleased, it is hoped that one day, all these recordings may be made available.
A demo record of “Wanna Lover” given to John, during their time with Joe, is the only track available, and remains the only recording the group have heard, ( go to the music page to hear it ), the disc is now in the possession of their singer Danny Gill.
What of the future? Will their historic recordings ever be heard? Will the group perform for one last time? These questions remain to be answered; only time will tell, but we remain hopeful.
© 2007 David Peters