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Died On This Date (August 25, 2012) George Gallacher / The Poets

Posted by themusicsover on September 10, 2012

George Gallacher
October 21, 1943 – August 25, 2012

George Gallacher was the co-founder and lead singer of ’60s psychedelic pop band, the Poets.  Formed in Glasgow, Scotland 1962, the band we’re an instant local hit thanks to their marriage of blues, hard R&B, and melodic pop.  They were often compared to early Kinks and the Small Faces.  The hipper kids also liked their fashion sense – ruffled shirts, velvet jackets, and tight pants.  By 1964, the Poets were one of the biggest concert draws in all of Scotland, and legendary artist manager and producer, Andrew Loog Oldham took note.  The Rolling Stones manager signed took the group on and even prompted the Stones to mention them in interviews on occasion.  He produced their first single for Decca, “Now Were Thru.”  Although they never went on to release an entire album, nor had singles sell much beyond Scotland, most garage rock rarity collections which chronicle the era include at least one of their recordings.  By the early ’70s, the group had disbanded, but came back together for a show or two in 2011.   On August 25, 2012, George Gallacher was behind the wheel of his car when he suddenly became ill.  He was immediately taken to a local hospital where he died of undisclosed reasons.  He was 68.

Thanks to Paul Bearer for the assist.

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