The Kursaal Flyers may have been named after a funfair but they had a Top 20 hit in 1976
The Kursaal Flyers were a Southend band put together in 1973. At the time of their formation, they wanted to choose a name that expressed their geographical origin but, as they told Look-
The band’s big hit, ‘Little Does She Know’, was released in 1976 but a year earlier they released a single on the UK Records label with the title ‘Speedway’.
January 22, 1977
UK Record Label
UK Records was a label set up by music entrepreneur Jonathan King in September 1972 and their discs were originally distributed by Decca.
The company closed in 1979.
Speedway on Vinyl
The band comprised five members: Ritchie Bull, Will Birch, Vic Collins, Paul Shuttleworth and Graeme Douglas. Will Birch, the group’s drummer was also the songwriter who penned their biggest hit, ‘Little Does She Know’.
Click the image above to listen to a short extract from SPEEDWAY by The Kursaal Flyers
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1975 Birch & Murdoch
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In addition to the single, Speedway was also featured on the album ‘Chocs Away!’
Will was the drummer and songwriter of the group who penned the lyrics for ‘Speedway’.
Graeme wrote the band’s music but was a keen scientist and taught science before embarking on his music career.
The word ‘Kursaal’ is of German origin and means ‘cure-