Cupids Inspiration back on the road
After more than 40 years, Cupids Inspiration are back on the road with Bob Poole, Paul Shanahan, ex Peppermint Circus and Hard Horse vocalist and front man Paul “Tommy” Thomas and drummer Rick Medlock.
Playing favourite songs from the sixties – plus, of course, their hit records and incorporating three-part vocal harmonies -Cupids Inspiration claims to deliver a top class energy packed show guaranteed to delight and entertain.
Their first single Yesterday Has Gone, released in 1968, reached the top of the British charts and was followed by two more charting singles My World, and Without your Love.
In 1970, singer Terry Rice Milton was replaced by Martin Cure (The Peeps, Rainbows, Still Life) and, in 1971, Paul Shanahan and Bob Poole joined the band on guitar and bass. drummer Roger Gray left the band in 1972, to be replaced by Andy Chaplin.
With an occasional change of drummer, this line-up continued touring, until 1990, during which time their reputation as one of the best live sixties bands was confirmed wherever they played.
Cupids Inspiration have been playing one-off gigs around the country, including the all-stars 60s festival at the Grand Burstin Hotel, Folkestone, 60s weekend at the Savoy Hotel, Blackpool, and Waterside Holiday Park, Weymouth.
The band received a great reception at all of the gigs and are currently taking bookings for the remainder of this year, and next. “After the layoff, and under the management of former wrestling star and millionaire businessman Tony (Banger) Walsh, the band plays with renewed energy and have a lot of fun in the process.
“We work hard to maintain a high standard of music while picking material from the 60s that we know our audiences want to hear; and – as we always did – putting our own stamp on the songs.
“Naturally, the show includes our biggest hits Yesterday Has Gone and My World,” Bob Poole told The Beat.
The band is free from contractual obligations and can be contacted on: 02476 306471
or 07545 494766.
See Cupids Inspiration at Vauxhall Caravan Park,
Great Yarmouth – July 5
Chester Showground – July 19
Somerset – September 20,
Whitby 60s Festival –
Bob Poole (bass)
Bob Poole, from Coventry, began his career playing guitar and singing with local Leamington rock and blues bands such as Blues Condition and Tobias Heat before joining Cupids Inspiration on bass.
He toured with Love Affair, The Tremeloes, The Swinging Blue Jeans, Marmalade, The Troggs, P J Proby, Hermans Hermits, The Nashville Teens and The Drifters.
Bob has done many TV. and radio shows over the years, and shared recording studios with The Beatles, The Kinks, Gary Moore, and Alvin Lee.
Bob re-located to Germany in 1991. He has been playing in German rock bands such as Snakebite, Blackfoot and Shark Sandwich, as well as writing and producing albums for various German bands.
With his solo show, he has entertained audiences all over the world from Austria to China. Bob is also a successful songwriter and record producer.
He returned to the UK in 2009 where he renewed contact with former Cupids Inspiration member Paul Shanahan.
After a reunion gig in 2011, Bob and Paul re-formed the band with long-standing friends Paul (Tommy) Thomas on vocals and Rick Medlock on drums.
Rick Medlock (drums)
Drummer Rick Medlock’s career started in the 60s with rock band Khyyam, touring with the blues legend Big John Wrencher and soul legend Ben E King.
He then worked with Ann Peebles as well as doing session work for Capital Radio and BRMB, as part of the jazz funk band Pzazz.
With Steve Walwyn (Dr Feelgood), Rick played with good time Leamington R&B rockers The Mosquitos. He was also part of the backing band for the original, award-winning production of Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers, starring Barbara Dickson.
Rick worked with legendary American writer, artist and producer Kenny Young (Kenny co-wrote the Drifters hit Under the boardwalk ) and Two Tone producer Roger Lomas. In fact, he has played most forms of music, including a stint with the late great Danny La Rue.
In 2011, Rick was approached by the members of the re-formed Cupids Inspiration to join them and has been there ever since.
Paul Thomas (vocals)
In the early 1960s, Paul was a singer with local band Sons Of Sin. In the middle 1960s, he joined Sporting Life playing soul music and supported soul luminaries such as Geno Washington. He also played with famous pop bands Amen Corner featuring Andy Fairweather Lowe.
In the late 1960s, he formed “Peppermint Circus” and signed a record deal with Polydor and, later, A&M records. They recorded five singles and often appeared live on BBC Radio 1 Club presented by Dave Lee Travis, Terry Wogan, Johnny Walker and Alan Freeman.
TV appearances included The Golden Shot, Discotheque, Lift Off and other shows.
In the 70s, he became a session singer for songwriter/producers Ben Findon and Pete Shelley.
With his band Hard Horse, he had hit records in Holland and Scandinavia, and toured Europe, making TV performances in Holland.
He formed a new band Bullet and recorded two hit singles which charted in Europe.
He moved to Spain in the 1970s where he ran his own video film company. But in the 90s, he re-located to the UK. In 2011 with Paul, Rick and Bob re-formed Cupids inspiration.
Paul Shanahan (guitar)
Early 60s; Paul played lead guitar in Leamington band Jalopy Ride, four or five nights a week throughout the midlands, and he supported many chart bands of that era at major Midland venues.
Mid 60s; He turned professional when joining Northampton based band Black Velvet, and toured Germany three times. Returning to the UK, he backed American soul singer Lucas (Lucas & The Soul Sound) playing up to seven nights a week throughout the UK club circuit.
He has toured with bands such as The Four Tops, The Flirtations, Geno Washington, and played the University circuit on the same bill as bands such as Deep Purple, Spooky Tooth, King Crimson, Nina Simone.
He played at most of the 60s London “in crowd” clubs such as Blaise’s, Whiskey A Go Go, Flamingo, Bag O’Nails, Scotch of St James, and The Beatles’ Revolution Club, among others.
In the late 60s, he left the Lucas band and played Montreal and Toronto in Canada for nine months with the future bass player of the Glitter Band before returning to the UK to join Cupids Inspiration who, with two Top 10 hits in the bag, toured extensively for many years.
Being called out of musical retirement to play again for a reunion gig and having enjoyed it so much, the reformation of Cupids Inspiration was inevitable, he said.