As a founder member of the band, my aged memory is that the name belongs to a jazz/blues artist in the U.S. We took it long before the band recorded, Mick kept it ..... Wilf Lewis on guitar along with Alex Kirby on sax (St Louis Union and later EMMY award winning TV director and TV Lion, Witch n Wardrobe director) were also founder members...... Don't know what happened to wilf?????
Marian Stockley (Friday Brown)
To clarify the query on the above, it ain't no American bluesman from way back. I worked as frontman vocalist harmonica player with the Chapters along with Alex Kirby and Dave Webb (St Louis Union) before they teamed up with Mick Weaver.
We tried to form another band after the demise of the Chapters. One of the suggested names was Wynder K Frogg, double G. This new band didn't happen so the name moved on with Alex and Dave.
The name was inspired by a book I was reading at the time - the hero being one 'Jimmy Wynder'. This was coupled with Frogg from a song I wrote at the time entitled Frogg Bop Blues. The K came as an abbreviation of the word King from the line in the song 'King of the Frogg Bop Blues'.
I'm lucky enough to own a copy of "Into The Fire". Someone in the US saw my comment's on "Out Of The Frying pan" at Aamazon, and wanted "Sunshine Superfrog"
of which I have on LP as well, so I sent the LP to the states.
He DVD'd "Fire" for me and returned everything, so I'm a proud owner of "Into The Fire" although not as good as "Into The Frying Pan" well worth having.
Mick's a brilliant player, I've met him as well at "Bumper's Club" in London, no longer there. What a night that was, Mick on one side of the stage, and I think it was Eddie Hardin on the other, two great Hammond players.
Me and my band The Calgary Stampede (we tryed to be a poor mans Alan Bown Set) supported Wynder K. Frog at The Queen Mary Ballroom located inside Dudley Zoo in The West Midlands.
After delivering their own set, they then backed none other than Jimmy Cliff! A great night and yes we sha* ourselves especially our hammond player!
Thank god I was only the lead singer (dead easy to blow Jimmy Cliff away, NOT!).
Any body else remember when you got a buy one get one free with the two great stars dong a double act? The venue had two stages facing each end of the dance floor so just to make matters worse we'd got ourselves a logistic "face off"!
Charlie Butterskin - Mute(stage name '66)
Ian Cooper, the drummer with Wynder K Frog is currently playing drums with me (Mark, bass) in The Tailormaid Band, a 12 piece soul band based in the Llyn peninsula , North Wales.
I am Ian Cooper the drummer for Wynder K Frog in the mid 60s when we were signed to Island records and managed by Chris Blackwell. The info on the site is incorrect as to the line up at that time.
Mick Weaver Keyboards
Ian Cooper Drums
Bill Simmons Sax
Ron Carthy Trumpet
Allan Peake Bass and Vocals
Norman Mather Lead Guitar
The band broke up in Sept 67 when Blackwell needed a replacement for Steve Winwood hence Capaldi Mason Wood and Frog.
Any one requiring further info please E-mail me. I still play in an eleven piece Atlantic Soul band.
Please visit www. Tailormaidband.com
I used to work in the Don Read Agency (Bolton) as a booker. I lived in Darwen at the time, and managed this group for a while.
I'm pretty sure that there was a drummer at the time called Jason Theaker.
I remember most of the other lads mentioned on this site!
I was married to Bill Simmons (with out a D ) who was the sax player. Ian Cooper has said the correct line up for the band . And I don't remember you??
I will ask my friend what happed to Jason.
I was the infamous WKF referred to on this site. Peter Yates' contribution is absolutely correct. There was a drummer called Theaker, but his first name was Drachen. He eventually played with "The Crazy World of Arthur Brown". If you read this Mr. Yates, I remember you very well. Great old memories.