“ME AND THEM was formed in Germany in 1962 by Chris Andrews. It consisted of Spencer K Gibbins (Guitar) Ex Jimmie Ritchie Combo, Dennis Herrington (Drums) Ex Jimmie Ritchie Combo, Roy Sullivan (Bass) Ex Graham Bonney Band, George Davies (Guitar) Ex TWENS (German band) – but an Englishman from Barnsley. Worked in Germany for a year in Hamburg, Frankfurt, Munich, Wesbaden, Mainz as well as Luxembourg, Copenhagen and Oslo.
Chris Andrews left for a while and the group re-located to the UK where they replaced the Piano with a Sax player (Mick Luckett) and renamed ME AND THEM and were very successful immediately, they signed to Andrew Loog Oldham and Pye Records. The first release was banned by the BBC, ‘I Think I’m Gonna Kill Myself’, the next written by (and played on) ‘Show You Mean it Too’ by Chris Andrews, 3rd release was from the Beatles..’Tell Me Why’, a big hit on Burt Bacharach’s label in the States (Red Bird).
There were many tours and TV/Radio Shows. The band disbanded in 1964. Then Chris Andrews re-appeared for his successful hit records starting with ‘Yesterday Man’. ME AND THEM were renamed ‘THE HOOK’. Very happy years with Chris. Then Spencer reformed the 2nd ME AND THEM (Together with another original member – Roy Sullivan). This time they were a big hit ,being one of the first Comedy Bands on the Club circuit. Spencer left after 2 years and followed by a successful cabaret career, (“2 times winner of ‘New Faces’ among other glories.) Sadly only Dennis the Drummer and Spencer survive the original ME AND THEM.
Chris Andrews is still a HUGE Star in Europe, and Spencer still goes over to Germany and performs with Chris”. See image [The last job (before Covid 19 lockdown) Spencer K Gibbins with Chris Andrews on piano for a TV show in Germany!]
Information kindly supplied by Spencer K Gibbins 15/6/20
Pictures 2 & 3 are from THANK YOUR LUCKY STARS Saturday 2nd May 1964.
Line up included:
Host Brian Matthew
The Band of Angels,
Me and Them,
Guest DJ Alan Freeman
With comps Tony Brook (Terry Webster)