Chris Simmons (vocals)

Stuart Cowell (lead guitar/vocals)

Tom Tierney (bass)

Ron Reynolds (Hammond organ)

Jim Toomey (drums)

Jon was formed in late 1966 after Stuart Cowell left Gass. He’d previously worked with Ralph Denyer in The Rockhouse Band.

Tom Tierney had been a member of Lulu’s backing band, The Luvvers while Jim Toomey had been in The Arthur Brown Union.

Chris Simmons was the band’s original lead singer but he’s not pictured in either of the adverts featured in Melody Maker, to promote the release of Jon’s debut 45, which was issued in June 1967.

A second 45 appeared in August before Simmons departed and Stuart Cowell assumed lead vocals.

14 January 1967 – Flamingo, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Amboy Dukes (Melody Maker)

27 January 1967 – Harvest Moon, Guildford, Surrey with The Great Expectations and Mood Indigo (West Surrey Advertiser)

13 April 1967 – Upper Cut, Forest Gate, London with Episode Six (Melody Maker)

2 June 1967 – Dolphin, Marine Court, St Leonards, East Sussex (Hastings & St Leonards Observer) Billed as John

Advert in Melody Maker

8 July 1967 – Central R&B Club, Central Hotel, Gillingham, Kent (Chatham, Rochester & Gillingham News)

22 September 1967 – New Trades Club, Kettering, Northamptonshire (Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph)

7 October 1967 – Silver Blades, Streatham, London (Coulson & Purley Advertiser)

9 October 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Robert Hirst & The Big Taste (Melody Maker)

11 December 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Simon Dupree & The Big Sound (Melody Maker)

23 January 1968 – North Park Club, Kettering, Northamptonshire (Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph)

1 February 1968 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Marmalade (Melody Maker)

17 February 1968 – Walton Playhouse, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey (Woking Herald)

In late February, the band changed name to Still Life

After changing name, the group released a lone 45 as Still Life in February 1968 before Tierney switched over to rhythm guitar and Con Byrne joined on bass.

2 March 1968 – Hastings Pier, Hastings, East Sussex with Thackery (Hastings & St Leonards Observer)

9 March 1968 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Open Mind (Melody Maker)

On 25 March, Still Life performed at the Marquee (supporting The Nice) where they were spotted by singer Warren Davis, who invited the band to joined forces with him in a new version of The Warren Davis Monday Band soon after.

Although the gig below was billed as Still Life, this was in fact performed by The Warren Davis Monday Band.

20 April 1968 – Hastings Pier, Hastings, East Sussex with Web Foundation (Hastings & St Leonards Observer)

You can read more about the band here.

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