The Cats - William Tell

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  The Cats, previously known as The Hustlin' Kind were a ska ensemble from Mile End, London. The group's lineup comprised Tyrone Patterson (keyboards), Richard Archer (bass), John Kpiaye (guitar), and Michael Okoro (drums).



They were initially an instrumental band, playing ska and soul covers in London clubs, changing the band name to The Cats in Summer 1968. The group recorded ten tracks at Maximum Sound studios in Old Kent Road in September 1968.

Their 1968 single, "Swan Lake", backed by "Swing Low", hit no.48 in early 1969, making them the first British reggae band to have a top fifty hit in the UK. According to Kpiaye "Swan Lake" was recorded during the Maximum Sound session, but roadie Mike Cole claimed that it was recorded in spare studio time after a Tex Withers and the Sidetrackers recording session, with Cole and members of the Sidetrackers playing on it. The single was released on the group's own Baf label. "Swan Lake" was later covered by Madness on their debut album "One Step Beyond..."; Subsequent releases by The Cats failed to chart, rendering them as one-hit wonders.


Singles Discography

Record label Record number Year Title
BAF BAF1 1968 Swan Lake/Swing Low
BAF BAF2 1968 My Girl/The Hog
BAF BAF3 1968 The Hig/Blues For Justice
BAF BAF4 1968 William Tell/Love Walk Right In
BAF BAF5 1968 Falling In Love/Don't Mess With Cupid
Crystal CR 7009 1970 Sherman/What Can I Do
Phoenix NIX 139 1972 Knees Up Mother Brown/Rubbish
Groove GVE 1001 1976 Swan Lake (re-recording)/Swan Lake (Disco Version)




The Cats - William Tell / Love Walk Right In

UK BAF BAF 4 (1969).

Record produced by Rod Buckie.

The vinyl record attains a strong excellent grading, suggesting few plays.

Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.

Both record centre labels are clean and unmarked.

The record centre labels are free from tears, stains or stickers.

The record comes with an original company paper sleeve.

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