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The line-up shown in the profile picture is .....Larry McKay (Lead Guitar), Trevor Wright (Bass Guitar), "Super" Cyril Edwards (Vocals), Ray Valentine (Keyboards), Cash Kazimiercz (Drums)

Soul Agents in the words of Ray Valentine  —  I played keyboards in the Soul Agents from when the group formed toward the end of 1973 until late 1975.  The band was formed by the agent, Bindy Gerrard, to take over the residency at the Carlton Hotel.  The Carlton had built a big barn of a bar and attempts at having high profile touring bands had not been successful.  She came up with the name and there were adds in the newspapers before the band had even been formed.  At the time I had been playing in a trio with Cash and our bass player, Bryan Bruce, was leaving to go overseas.  When Cash was invited to join the new band he suggested I come too.  We met in Mike's "Holden" factory for 2 nights of rehearsal then started a dream gig, Wednesday to Saturday 7:00pm till 10:00pm.  The Commonwealth Games in January 1974 were the making of the combination of the band and the venue.  The original line is shown above.  Don left not long after the band formed and was replaced by Trevor Wright.  I think one of the strengths was that, while having a stable gig, the band went through a lineup change about every six months.  It meant that the band kept developing and evolving.  Mike Lewis left to concentrate on the 'Holden' business and was replaced by Larry MacKay who left Beam in Auckland to return to Christchurch.  Trevor Wright left and was replaced for a short while by Wayne Martin.  Trevor then returned with Wayne's departure.  Chris Whitehead of Beam also returned to Christchurch and joined.For a couple of weeks the Soul Agents was a six piece with Chris on Drums and Cash playing percussion and taking more of a singing role.  Cash left shortly afterward.  At that stage (1975) the line-up looked like the one shown second above, and it remained quite stable doing some TV work and taking over the residency at Mojos 11:00pm till late Thursday - Saturday as well as the Carlton residency.  There were quite a few others who filled in for short periods when one of the regular members was unavailable.  Each year Soul Agents spent the New Year period as the band at the Waimate Christmas Carnival.  I left the band late in 1975 to concentrate on finishing a university degree.  For the next 2 years I gigged in a duo with Bryan Bruce.  I then left Christchurch and haven't really played much since.  The other guys can fill you in on the rest of the story.  Sadly Cash passed away a few years ago, his daughter has set up a tribute on Youtube.

Soul Agents  —  (Original Line-up circa 1973) Cyril Edwards (Vocals), Mike Lewis (Lead Guitar), Don Clarkson (Bass Guitar), Cash Kazimiercz (Drums), Ray Valentine (Keyboards)
Soul Agents (Last line-up circa 1975)  —  "Super" Cyril Edwards (Vocals), Larry McKay (Lead Guitar), Trevor Wright (Bass Guitar), Chris Whitehead (Drums), Ray Valentine (Keyboards)

 

Ray Valentine, Trevor Wright, Chris Whitehead, "Super Cyril" and Larry McKay


Chris Whitehead, Ray Valentine, "Super Cyril", Trevor Wright and Larry McKay

 

 

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Cyril "Super Cyril" Edwards


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Cash Kazimiercz


Chris Whitehead


Denis Shrimpton


Larry McKay


Trevor Wright


Ray Valentine


Rob Semke