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Them ([ðɛm]) was a British rock band , influenced by gospel , country blues and jazz , which was founded in 1964 in Belfast , Northern Ireland .


Alan Henderson (bass), Billy Harrison (guitar) and Ronnie Milling (drums) formed the band The Gamblers. Van Morrison (vocals, harmonica ) and Jackie McAuley (organ) expanded the group in April 1964 to form a quintet, which was henceforth called Them; instead of Milling, Patrick McAuley soon played drums. The group set up a rhythm and blues club at Belfast's Maritime Hotel . The first single, Don't Start Crying Now / One Two Brown Eyes , was released in August 1964. Soon after, Peter Bardens (organ), Terry Noon (drums) and Joe Boni (guitar) replaced retired band members.

Her best-known songs are Here Comes the Night , Baby Please Don't Go and Gloria . Another hit was It's All Over Now, Baby Blue , originally sung by Bob Dylan . In the second half of 1965, the group had three smaller hits in the United States with Gloria , Here Comes the Night and Mystic Eyes .

In 1966, Morrison left the band during a US tour to pursue a solo career that continues to this day (as of 2019) . With singer Ken McDowell, Joe Boni, Alan Henderson and new instrumentalists - Ray Elliot (organ) and David Harvey (drums) - tried to benefit from the reputation of the previous line-up. In 1972 the band broke up. It was revived in 1979, but finally disbanded that same year.



year title Top ranking, total weeks, awardChartsChart placements
(Year, title, rankings, weeks, awards, notes)
1965 The Angry Young Them US54 (23 weeks)
1966 Them Again US138 (6 weeks)
1972 Them Featuring Van Morrison US154 (11 weeks)

More albums

  • 1968: Now and Them (Tower)
  • 1968: Time Out, Time In, for Them (Tower)
  • 1969: Them (Happy Tiger)
  • 1970: The World of Them (Decca)
  • 1971: Them In Reality
  • 1972: Bad or Good (Decca)
  • 1973: The Beginning (Decca)
  • 1974: Backtrackin ' (Decca)
  • 1975: It's All Over Now, Baby Blue (Nova)
  • 1979: Shut Your Mouth (Strand)
  • 1997: The Story of Them Featuring Van Morrison (The Decca Anthology 1964–1966) (2 CD, Decca / Deram)


year Title
Top ranking, total weeks, awardChart placementsChart placements
(Year, title, album , rankings, weeks, awards, notes)
1964 Baby please don't go - UK10 (11 weeks)
B-side: Gloria
Decca F 12018
Gloria - - US71 (7 weeks)
1965 Here comes the night - UK2 (12 weeks)
US24 (10 weeks)
B-side: All for Myself
Decca F 12094
Mystic eyes - - US33 (8 weeks)
B-side: If You and I Could Be as Two
Decca F 12281
1974 It's All Over Now, Baby Blue DE13 (14 weeks)
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More singles

  • 1964: Don't Start Crying Now / One Two Brown Eyes (Decca F 11973)
  • 1965: One More Time / How Long Baby (Decca F 12175)
  • 1965: I'm Gonna Dress in Black / (It Won't Hurt) Half as Much (Decca F 12215)
  • 1966: Call My Name / Bring 'em on In (Decca F 12355)
  • 1966: Richard Cory / Don't You Know (Decca F 12403)

Individual evidence

  1. Baby Please Don't Go (10th place) and Here Comes the Night (2nd place) were their only hits in Great Britain, both placed in the first half of 1965; see: Nugent, Stephen / Fowler, Anne / Fowler, Pete: Chart Log of American / British Top 20 Hits, 1955–1974 . In: Gillett, Charlie / Frith, Simon (eds.): Rock File 4 . Frogmore, St. Albans: Panther Books, 1976, p. 340
  2. The single reached number 13 in the German singles charts in 1974; Ehnert, Günter (Ed.): Hit balance sheet. German chart singles 1956–1980 . Hamburg: Taurus Press, 1990, p. 203
  3. US catalog number Parrot 9727; 71st place
  4. U.S. catalog number Parrot 9749; 21st place
  5. US Catalog number Parrot 9796; 33rd place; see Whitburn, Joel: Top Pop Singles 1955-1993 . Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Ltd., 1994, p. 597
  6. a b Chart sources: DE UK US
  7. Only The Angry Young Them and Them Again are the original albums released in Great Britain. For more information on the track list, cast and catalog numbers see Tilch, KD: Rock LPs 1955–1970. Vol. 4: T-Z . 3rd ext. Hamburg: Taurus Press, 1990, pp. 1599f


  • Ken Barnes: Them . In: Shaw, Greg: Bomp! The British are coming. From the childhood days of English rock music. German by Walle Bengs. Rowohlt, Reinbek near Hamburg 1983, pp. 182-185.

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