Ace (band)

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Ace
Also known asAce Flash and the Dynamos
OriginEngland, United Kingdom
GenresPub rock, pop rock, soft rock
Years active1972–1977
LabelsAnchor
ABC
Varèse Sarabande
Associated actsMighty Baby, Warm Dust, Squeeze
Past membersPaul Carrack
Terry "Tex" Comer
Phil Harris
Alan "Bam" King
Fran Byrne
Steve Witherington
Steve Kirby
Jon Woodhead
 
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Ace
Also known asAce Flash and the Dynamos
OriginEngland, United Kingdom
GenresPub rock, pop rock, soft rock
Years active1972–1977
LabelsAnchor
ABC
Varèse Sarabande
Associated actsMighty Baby, Warm Dust, Squeeze
Past membersPaul Carrack
Terry "Tex" Comer
Phil Harris
Alan "Bam" King
Fran Byrne
Steve Witherington
Steve Kirby
Jon Woodhead

Ace were a British rock band, who enjoyed moderate success in the 1970s. Their membership included Paul Carrack, who later became famous as the lead vocalist of Mike + The Mechanics and as solo artist. Ace are best known for their hit single "How Long?", which was a UK top-20 single in 1974 and reached No 3 in the US in 1975.

Band members[edit]

Career[edit]

The band was formed in December 1972 in Sheffield as 'Ace Flash and the Dynamos', but this name was quickly abbreviated to just Ace.[1] The members were assembled from various other professional bands. Carrack and Comer had previously played with Warm Dust, and King with Mighty Baby, whose antecedents were the 1960s band The Action.[1] Ace were popular on the pub rock circuit. Their music was pop with a funk influence.

Before the recording of their debut album, Five-A-Side,[2] ex-Bees Make Honey drummer Fran Byrne replaced Witherington.[1] The single "How Long?" (a song about one of the members leaving for another group) was taken from this record, and was a significant chart success, achieving a Top 20 place in the UK Singles Chart,[3] and reaching number three in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The band eventually moved to the United States, and replaced Phil Harris with Jon Woodhead in June 1976,[4] releasing their final album No Strings in January 1977. They disbanded in July 1977, when Carrack, Comer and Byrne joined Frankie Miller's band.[4]

Carrack has since played in Eric Clapton's band, Roger Waters' The Bleeding Heart Band, Roxy Music for the Manifesto album and tour, Squeeze in the early 1980s, and Mike + The Mechanics, who he is most famous for. His solo re-recording of "How Long" became a UK Top 40 hit again in 1996.[5]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

YearAlbumUSCANRecord Label
1974Five-A-Side1116Anchor Records
1975Time for Another153-Anchor Records
1977No Strings170-Anchor Records

Compilation albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

YearTitlePeak chart positionsRecord LabelB-sideAlbum
USACCANUK
1974"How Long"324320Anchor Records"Sniffin' About"Five-A-Side
1975"I Ain't Gonna Stand For This No More"51Anchor Records"Rock & Roll Runaway"Time for Another
"Rock & Roll Runaway"71Anchor Records"I Ain't Gonna Stand For This No More" (A-Side)Five-A-Side
"No Future in Your Eyes"Anchor Records"I'm A Man"Time for Another
1977"You're All That I Need"Anchor Records"Crazy World"No Strings
"Found Out the Hard Way"Anchor Records"Why Did You Leave Me"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Strong, Martin C. (2000). The Great Rock Discography (5th ed.). Edinburgh, Scotland: Mojo Books. p. 95. ISBN 1-84195-017-3. 
  2. ^ Five-A-Side (an Ace album)
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 13. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Biography of Ace". AllMusic. Retrieved 22 August 2011. 
  5. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 95. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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