Personalities | Sham 69 | Seventies | Rock

(Vocal group, 1977–80)

A rabble-rousing punk group from Hersham, Surrey, led by the garrulous singer Jimmy Pursey with Dave Parsons (guitar), Dave Treganna (bass) and Rick Goldstein (drums). The terrace-chant choruses and suburban lyrics of singles like ‘If The Kids Are United’ and ‘Hurry Up Harry’ made Sham 69 popular but attracted a thuggish right-wing element to their gigs, many of which were disrupted by violence. After four albums, Pursey went solo in 1980.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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