8. RAY PHILLIPS - BIOGRAPHY
The band were unusual in that hey retained two lead singers - Ray Phillips and Arthur Sharp.
has had independent chart successes in Hungary with "This Little Bird", both as a single with The Teens and as a duet with Zalatnay Sarolta.
Most recently he
was asked to sing it à capela in a church in the town of Pacs during the 2010 GastroBlues Festival.
Some lasting friendships and close relationships grew up between the touring bands in the sixties.
The link between The Teens and The Animals
was, and remains, strong.
Barrie Jenkins eventually moved from The Teens to join The Animals
as their drummer, and Ray Phillips
has recently appeared as a guest singer with the touring Animals & Friends.
The most recent appearance was Ray Phillips
on Never Mind The Buzzcocks in 2000.
Ray was a founder member of the Nashville Teens in 1962, Born in Tiger Bay, Cardiff - Ray grew up in the Addlestone/Woking area of Surrey, where he still lives with his partner Mel, and their four children.
Ray's original musical inspirations grew from skiffle and after completing his
National Service, which included being stationed in Cyprus and North Africa, he
and some friends set up a local band.
Very quickly his
group merged with another local group, and what had once been rivalry became a solid team with the then unusual format of TWO lead singers.
Perhaps the UKs first "Boy Band"!?
Unfortunately Jerry didn't require the vocalists or keyboards, so Ray
, Art and John had to sit and watch.
In addition to Ray these were Jim McCarty of The Yardbirds , Eddie Phillips (no relation) of The Creation , and Don Craine and Keith Grant, both of The Downliners Sect.
Ray is unquestionably a great singer and he loves both Rock'n'Roll and slow blues.
renditions of Red House and Put A Spell On You can send shivers up anyone's spine.
loves singing so much that many of the bands playing in local pubs around the Woking and Weybridge areas of South West London will often invite him up to do a few guest numbers if they spot him in the audience.
Their duets are wonderful, and with numbers such as Little Bird and Black Velvet, they hark back to the ballad singing which Ray
enjoys so much.
Vanessa has not appeared publicly with the Teens yet, but most of us think it is just a matter of time.
loves the outdoor life, and is one of the nicest and most straightforward guys you could ever hope to meet.
not on stage he
is happiest out of doors - and he's
a real "twitcher" when it comes to spotting wildlife.
Like many sixties bands, the demand for performances from The Teens , while still respectable, is no longer enough to pay all the bills, and Ray like many of his
friends from the sixtiesnow has a "day job" as well as leading his
band evenings and weekends.
When off-stage Ray is proud to be a member of the McLaren Racing Team . Consequently the whole band have to stop rehearsals or whatever else they may be doing to watch F1 Grand Prix races - and there is only one team to shout for !