Me and the Others
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Me and The Others Circa:  1966
Venue:  PN Hit-house
Where:  Leopold Strasse 25, Schwabing, Munich, Germany
Left:  Gary Thain (Bass)
Next:  Peter Dawkins (Drums)
Next:  Dave Chapman (Guitar)
Right:  Paul Muggleston (Vocals)

Me and the Others were arguably the first New Zealand beat band to play the UK club scene (at the height of the 1960s British pop explosion), having evolved from a combination of Christchurch groups that included drummer (and later top record producer) Peter Dawkins and legendary bass player Gary Thain, who went on to play with the cream of musicians in the UK, joining progressive rockers the Keef Hartley Band and finally Uriah Heep for their classic years from 1972 to 1974.  In 1963, Thain, a lean teenager described by schoolmates as quiet, broody and passionate about music, joined his brother's band, The Strangers, playing rock and roll hits and Beatles covers at Christchurch clubs until attaining residency at the Zodiac Lounge.  Rival unit The Secrets poached Thain in 1965, with keyboardist, rhythm guitar player and vocalist Paul Muggleston reckoning with someone of Thain's talent on board, they'd be the best in town!  Promoter Ken Cooper got them work in Wellington and Phil Warren booked the rest of the North Island, including Auckland nightclub The Beatle Inn, where they were a popular drawcard.  They scored a support gig for Gene Pitney and The Searchers, recorded several singles for Allied International and on returning to Christchurch, secured a dual residency at the Pride of Place, alongside The Others.  This group was founded by former Strangers drummer Peter Dawkins and featured guitarist Dave Chapman.  They had backed Tommy Adderley and Lou and Simon on the Miss South Canterbury show and supported Tom Jones and Herman's Hermits on their 1965 national tour.  When The Secrets disbanded, Muggleston and Thain joined forces with Dawkins and Chapman, renaming themselves Me and the Others, with the role of "Me" continually shifting as part of an in-joke.  The plan was to head off to the UK and play alongside their musical heroes.  With that in mind, Muggleston and Thain departed for England on the Australis a month ahead of their drummer and lead guitarist, and were soon soaking themselves in the sounds of '66 and doing odd jobs to pay the rent while they waited for their bandmates.

Me and The Others

Me and The Others - Gordon Bennett (Bass), Robbie Carpenter (Guitar), Paul Muggleston (Vocals), Peter Dawkins (Drums) and Dave Chapman (Guitar), are seen here touring with the Tom Jones Show in 1965.  Shortly after this Gordon Bennett and Robbie Carpenter departed, and Gary Thain joined the group on bass.  The departures and the subsequent amalgamation of the The Secrets and The Others occurred immediately prior to the resultant Me and the Others leaving for the UK and Germany.