MacArthur Park (pop band 1968 until 1971)
MacArthur Park was formed in 1968 at Bristol, and until 1971 the line up was David Rees (lead vocals and guitar): Roy Taylor (Drums and Vocals): Martin Ricketts (falsetto vocals and guitar), and Rich Lanham (bass guitar and vocals).
After successfully completing an audition for BBC Radio One they appeared over a three year period in recorded and live sessions many times on every major radio one show.
• The Terry Wogan Show:
• Tony Blackburn Show:
• Tony Brandon Show:
• Jimmy Young Programme:
• Dave Lee Travis Show:
• Radio One Club etc., etc.
They release two singles for the major company Philips Records that were distributed across Europe; copies have been obtained from Portugal, Germany, France, Belgium and Spain.
They toured extensively throughout Wales and England sometimes working alone, and often sharing top billing with a long list of sixties pop bands in their original line ups.
The band suffered due to bad management which didn’t help with the promotion of their records; in 1971 this resulted in David leaving the band. Although the remaining members tried to continue the year after; eventually all went their separate ways.
Just before Christmas 2011 Rich Lanham contacted David by email and together they started to try and locate Roy and Martin. Roy was quickly found by Rich and was keen to have a meeting with the other band members.
On 29th January 2012, by coincidence 41 years to the day of the release of their first 45 single on Philips Records, Rich emailed David with the news that Roy had found and been able to speak with Martin.
They all met up at Newton St. Loe, Bath on the 25th February 2012 and decided to start writing songs and recording again if they could still produce their distinctive vocal harmony sound.
Two rehearsals between February and May confirmed the enjoyment of just harmonising together and in July they completed their first new recording; an original composition ‘A Child is born in Bethlehem.’ The recording was completed in David’s home studio ‘Infinity’ in Melksham, Wiltshire.
They are now re-mastering the early singles and writing additional material for their new album to be titled ‘Full Circle.’