Personalities | Thunderclap Newman | One-Hit Wonders | Rock
‘Something In The Air’, 1969
Named – partially – after pianist Andy Newman, Thunderclap were a three-piece group that drummer John ‘Speedy’ Keen assembled with the aid of Pete Townshend. The Who guitarist’s involvement was a favour for Keen, who wrote ‘Armenia City In The Sky’ for The Who Sell Out (1967). ‘Something In The Air’ was a UK No. 1 smash, but Thunderclap were unable to capitalize on its success, taking over a year to follow it up. Never a touring success, Newman himself left the group in the middle of a tour; Keen returned to drumming in the stage production Hair; and the group split in 1971, leaving no remaining original members.
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