The first part of the group formed in 1972, included Les Kitcheridge (guitar, vocals), Bob Catly (vocals), Dave Morgan (bass, vocals,) and Kex Gorin (drums). The team performed in the small clubs and pubs, playing a variety of covers. The guys decided to take the name “Magnum”. Les did not stay in the group for long and soon was replaced by Tony Clarkin. Tony became the head of the team pretty quickly and the main author of compositions. The first single of “Magnum”, “Sweets for my Sweet” was issued on the CBS records. The disc failed, and Dave decided to leave the group. Colin "Wally" Lowe replaced him in the “Magnum”.
The Album and Changes in the Lineup
Bob Catley, previously held the second position, became the main singer. The guys recorded demo and seriously do the search for the company to issue their full album. In the end, they managed to sign a contract with Jet records. While recording a debut disc, the keyboardist Richard Bailey appeared in the team. “Kingdom of Madness” was able to reach only the 58th place in the British charts, and related singles did not even get in the charts. In 1979, the second album “Magnum II” made in the spirit of its predecessor appeared.
Touring and Concerts
The group toured a lot trying to earn a reputation with the concerts. The musicians performed with such monsters, as “Whitesnake” and “Judas Priest”. In the future, Tony and Richard had a lot of disagreement, so they had to get away from the “Magnum”. The new keyboardist was Mark Stanway, who brought his fan and jazz color to conquer the other team members. Together with him, the group made its first American tour in the company with Ozzy Osborne.
To work on the fifth album, “The Eleventh Hour”, the guitarist Robin George was invited. In December 1983, Tony became ill and the group stopped its activities. In 1984, Clarkin decided to gather the group again. This time the team had two beginners: Eddie George (keyboards) and Jim Simpson (drums). In 1985, Jim Simpson left the group. Mickey Barker joined the team. This lineup remained stable up to the dissolution of the team.
Next album, “Vigilante”, issued on Polydor, was recorded with the participation of the producer Roger Taylor from “Queen”. Ballads, present on the disk had more commercial sound than the early releases. The disc “Wings of Heaven” has become the most successful in the commercial terms. Such songs as “Wild Swan” had a good harmony between hard rock and melody. By the end of the 80s, “Magnum” lost the art direction, mystic, and just good melodies and unique vocals of Bob Catley remained.