Mud

Mud were a British glam rock band who were at the height of their popularity during the 1970s.

Original Band Members
UK Top 40 Singles
UK Top 40 Albums

 

Mud on TopPop in May 1974 by AVRO

Mud on TopPop in May 1974 by AVRO

The band formed in 1966 and released their first single, Flower power, the following year. Their debut failed to enter the UK chart, as did three other 1960s releases. After signing to the RAK record label, Mud found chart success for the first time in April 1973 when they took Crazy to number 12. This was the first of fifteen top 40 hits between 1973 and 1976.

Their first top 10 hit came later in 1973 when Dyna-mite peaked at number 4, and this began a string of eight consecutive top 10 hits that ended with 1975’s Moonshine Sally and included three number ones. Two of the chart-toppers, Tiger feet and Lonely this Christmas, were hits in 1974 and the last, Oh boy, reached number 1 in 1975. Between them they spent ten weeks in the top spot and Lonely this Christmas was 1974’s Christmas number 1.

Two albums on RAK, Mud rock and Mud rock vol. 2, also entered the UK top 10 for a total of nine weeks in 1974 and 1975. The compilation Mud’s greatest hits was released after they left the label and peaked at number 25.

Mud signed to the Private Stock record label in 1975 and took three more singles into the top 10. The last of these was a cover of Bill Withers’ Lean on me, which reached number 7 in December 1976. Their final chart album, Use your imagination, reached number 33 early in 1976.

The band moved to RCA in 1977 and released further singles and albums but none entered the top 40. They were dropped by RCA in 1978 and disbanded a year later.


 

Original Band Members

  • Les Gray was born in Carshalton on 9 April 1946. He was the lead singer with the band but left in 1978 to pursue a solo career that included a number 32 hit with a cover of A groovy kind of love. After the rest of the band split in 1979, he toured with varying backing musicians as Les Gray’s Mud. He died of a heart attack in Portugal on 21 February 2004 after a battle with throat cancer.

  • Rob Davis was born on 1 October 1947, also in Carshalton, and was the lead guitarist with Mud. After the break-up of the group he worked with several bands but found greater success as a songwriter. He was responsible for many chart hits including the chart-toppers Groovejet (if this ain’t love) by Spiller and Can’t get you out of my head by Kylie Minogue.

  • Ray Styles was born in Guildford on 20 November 1946 and was the bass guitarist with the band. He joined the Hollies 1986 and still tours with them.

  • Dave Mount was born in Carshalton on 3 March 1947. After playing drums with Mud until they disbanded, he left the music business and eventually settled in a career in insurance. He died in his home town on 2 December 2006.


 

UK Top 40 Singles


 

UK Top 40 Albums

 

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