Medicine Head autographs by Peter Hope-Evans and John Fiddler
For sale we have: Medicine Head autographs by Peter Hope-Evans and John Fiddler. Obtained by a Top Of The Pops photographer.
Medicine Head were a British blues rock band – initially a duo – active in the 1970s. Their biggest single success was in 1973, with “One and One Is One”. A Number 3 hit on the UK Singles Chart.
Fiddler and Hope-Evans met when they both attended Wednesfield Grammar School, Wolverhampton, and then Stafford Art School. After both dropped out of their courses. They began performing together on an informal basis and around 1968. Started performing blues and rock’n’roll songs in pubs and clubs in and around Birmingham. They were seen at the Lafayette club by radio DJ John Peel. Who in turn played a tape of their songs to John Lennon, Eric Clapton and Pete Townshend and, at Lennon’s insistence, signed them to his Dandelion record label.
The demo recording of “His Guiding Hand” was released as a single, Peel describing it as “the cheapest single ever made and one of the classic records of all time”. The duo’s first album, New Bottles Old Medicine. Their second album, Heavy On The Drum, was recorded with Keith Relf, formerly of The Yardbirds, as producer. The single “(And The) Pictures in the Sky” rose to no.22 on the UK Singles Chart in 1971.
Hope-Evans left the band for over a year, and Fiddler. Relf (on bass), and drummer John Davies recorded the band’s third album, Dark Side of the Moon. It was released in 1972, the year before the Pink Floyd album of the same name. According to Nicholas Schaffner. Pink Floyd briefly changed the name of their piece (which they were already performing live), to Eclipse, until the Medicine Head album turned out to be “a commercial dud”. The track “Only To Do What Is True” appeared on the 1972 compilation, There Is Some Fun Going Forward.