Dannys Passion

Biography Part 1

The only Cornish group to record with The Legendary Record Producer Joe Meek, were Dannys Passion. Formed in 1965 as The Undecided, they come together through working for Marriot Magnetics, a local firm based in Penryn, rehearsals began in the factory after work, original line up was Alan Foster (vocalist), Alan Toms (lead guitar), Gerald Lynch (Rhythm guitar) John Challingsworth (bass guitar), and Peter Kay (drums).

In 1966, seeking a manager, David Peters was approached by Peter Kay's dad, David had contacts in the music business, he agreed to take them on, Danny Gill replaced Alan as vocalist, rehearsals were transferred to The Woodlane Social Club in Falmouth, when ready, gigs were arranged for the group, stage suits made, a demo tape was made, and sent to Joe Meek. In the spring of ‘66 an audition was arranged at his studio at 304 Holloway Road London, after a successful audition, contracts were signed and Joe changed their name to Dannys Passion, and gave them a demo of a song to learn, which was intended to be their first single release.

The song in question was “(It’s all leading up to) Saturday Night” a Geoff Stephens composition, a date was set to record, (where they would include the late Mitch Fenner on guitar, much to Joe’s annoyance ) with the track completed, additional backing was to be added before ready for release. The fan club was organised, appearances in a local record shop were planned.

Further group recordings, including recordings by Danny, (later to have group backing and strings added), were made at the studio, but, as Joe put it, due to legal problems, (which we now know to be untrue) their debut single, "Saturday Night" was not released; instead the song was issued in late 1966 on a CBS single, CBS 202340 by Scottish group, Marmalade,