In Oct '64 Carl Spencer formed the nucleus of the Washboard Kings, turning fully
professional in May '65, on the release of their first Single on Polydor......"Masculine Women,
Feminine Men".....

Three further Singles were released "The Eggplant That Ate Chicago" on Pye ('66),
"Five Feet Two" on Rayrick, featuring Bill Oddie ('67) and Ordinary People on Parlophone
First LP was on Davjon label ('69), the second recorded on the MAM label ('71)

First BBC Jazzclub (Humph) broadcast May '65, the next, George Melly, Mar '66. Over 400 airings were made by broadcasts regularly on Jimmy Young , Terry Wogan & Pete
Brady Shows. Breakfast Special, Late Night LJne-Up, Saturday Club, Blackpool Night out.

1965  First TV spot on "The Whole Scene's Going" (Top of The Pops forerunner) launching first Single 'Masc. Women, Fem. Men." (on Polydor) No. 22 in Hit Parade.

1966  Second Single and TV spot for "The Eggplant That Ate Chicago (No 17 in HP).

1967  Third Single featuring Bill Oddie on vocal, "Five Feet Two." Extensive radio plays.

1967 One hour BBC2 TV Documentary commemorating the 50th anniversary of the first
ever Jazz recordings.(by the Original Dixieland Jazzband 1917 in USA) SWK were selected as being the only band that could authentically cover this style.

1969 Fourth Single. "Ordinary People" on Parlophone.

1969  BBC TV West half-hour live concert from Bristol's Old Granary.

1970  Radio 2 one hour live "Jazz Ball" broadcast, from Hammersmith Palais,
commemorating Orig. Dixieland Jazzband's 1st UK tour in 1920.

Numerous continental radio broadcasts resulted in pirated releases of LP's and CD's throughout Europe, the most recent in '95. In Germany repeats of SWK radio shows continued right through the 1980's, as testified in Melody Maker "Jazz Listening Guide".

Regular Jazz Clubs, Cabaret, Weddings, Private & Corporate work, Continental Tours, University Balls, and Summer Seasons kept the band active through to Sept 1972, when Carl Spencer ended his playing days becoming Deputy Managing Director of the nascent UK Yamaha musical instrument distribution company. He left Yamaha in '86 founding his own UK distribution company handling, Hammond Organs, Kurzweil, Goldstar Keyboards, GEM and others. In '93 & '94 he also took on the management of the CHARLESTON CHASERS, assisted them turning professional, secured recording contract and obtained first class work nationwide.

Sept '95 sold music business and moved to Sussex. Decided to recommence playing. Launched new band in '97, renamed SPENCER'S NIGHTHAWKS, using four of original SWK members. Playing at a wide variety of venues and events nationwide, meeting old friends, making new, and again captivating audiences with their unique style, flair and authenticity. Currently available "JAZZ MAGIC' a 5 album (122 tracks) CD set, drawn from original Washboard Kings recordings and broadcasts plus Nighthawks live, and studio, sessions from '97 to 2006. This is a sensational collection, and a must for music lovers.

For enquiries please contact CARL SPENCER.
Tel: 07836 258974