Ashton, Gardner, Dyke & Co.
Band members Related acts
- Tony Ashton (RIP 2001) -- keybaords
- Roy Dyke -- bass
- Kim Gardner (RIP 2001) - bass
- Mick Liber -- lead guitar
- Tony Ashton and Jon Lord
- Badger (Roy Dyke and Kim Gardner)
- Family (Tony Ashton)
- Medicine Head (Tony Ashton)
- Paice Ashton and Lord
- The Remo Four (Tony Ashton)
Rating: 3 stars ***
Title: What a Bloody Long Day It's Been
Grade (cover/record): VG+ / NM
Comments: cut out hole top right corner
GEMM catalog ID: 5
Bloody Long Day It's Been" track listing:
Their final studio release the three members went on to a number of other projects.
Ashton briefly joined Medicine Head, followed by a brief stint in Family. That was followed by an album with Jon Lord, and then a couple of LPs as Paice, Ashton & Lord. Only 55,he died of cancer in May 2001.
Dyke and Gardner joined up with Badger. In a weird coincidence Gardner also died from cancer in October 2001. He was also 55 at the time of his death.
Ashton, Gardner & Dyke was a pop/rock trio from England formed in 1968 and made up of Tony Ashton (keyboards), Kim Gardner (bass) and Roy Dyke (drums). They scored a Top 40 hit in 1971 with "Resurrection Shuffle," which went to number three in the U.K., but they broke up in 1972
Tony Ashton - keyboards, vocals
Ashton, Gardner And Dyke (Polydor 583 081) 1969
Maiden Voyage/See The Sun In My Eyes (Polydor 56306)
Something of a supergroup, Kim Gardner had been in The
Birds and Creation prior to joining this band and
Tony Ashton and Ron Dyke had been in The Remo Four.
Their debut album lacked a certain amount of verve but was liberally laced
with R&B influenced compositions and they scored an unexpected hit with
the goodtime rock 'n' blues song Resurrection Shuffle in
After their demise, Tony Ashton went on to play for Medicine
Head and was briefly in Family
before teaming up with Deep
Purple's Jon Lord in Ashton and Lord.
Kim Gardner was later in Badger.
Taken from The Tapestry of Delights - The Comprehensive Guide to British Music of the Beat, R&B, Psychedelic and Progressive Eras 1963-1976, Vernon Joynson ISBN 1 899855 04 1
Though chiefly remembered for their UK No.3 hit, "Resurrection
Shuffle", the careers of Ashton, Gardner & Dyke
stretched back a long way before they achieved that sole international smash
Organist/vocalist Tony Ashton (born 1 March 1946, Blackburn) began his
career in North West England beat group The Executives,
who, whilst he was with them, released two singles, "March Of
The Mods"/"Why Why Why" (Columbia
DB 7323) and "Strictly For The Beat"/"No
Room For Squares" (DB 7393). He was also briefly a
member of The Collage Boys and The Mastersounds
before, in March 1965, accepting an offer from Liverpool group Remo
Four. The band's drummer was Roy Dyke (born 13 February 1945,
Liverpool) who'd been with the group since 1961 and had released two singles
prior to the arrival of Ashton, "I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My
Sister Kate"/"Peter Gunn" (Picadilly
7N 35186). Together with bassist Phil Rogers and guitarist Colin
Manley they played in Hamburg for almost two years and also released a
single "Live Like A Lady"/"Sing
Hallelujah" (Fontana TF 787) before splitting in early 1968,
by which time Ashton and Dyke had met up with Gardner and the trio decided
to form their own outfit.
Tony Ashton had also worked with Green Bullfrog, Mike
Hurst, Third World War, Tucky
Buzzard and Jon Lord, whilst with Gardner and
Dyke and he continued session work by helping out the likes of Family,
Chris Barber, Jerry Lee Lewis and Longdancer.
His first solo single "You, Me And A Friend Of Mine"/"I'm
Dying For You" (CL 15702), taken from "The Last
Rebel" LP, had come out in early 1972 and he followed it in
1973 with "Celebration"/"Sloeback"
(Purple PUR 109). He also continued working with Jon Lord appearing on
the single, "We're Gonna Make It"/"Band
Of The Salvation Army Band" (PUR 121) and LP, "The
First Of The Big Bands" (3507). He also released two
further solo singles, "Resurrection Shuffle"/"Ballad
Of Mr. Giver" (Oyster OYR 101) and "The Crezz"/"Somethin'
Something" (Handkerchief Hanky 14) as well as working with Chicken
Shack, John Entwhistle and Medicine
Head before forming PAL with Lord and Ian Paice,
releasing the 1977 LP, "Malice In Wonderland"
(Oyster 2391269), and taking part in the Wizards
Convention project. Since then he's concentrated on
producing though he did appear at the all-star Concert For Kampuchea
in 1979. Roy Dyke joined Badger
and appeared on their LPs, "One Live Badger" and
"White Lady". He also worked with Chris
and Medicine Head, as well as Pat Travers,
and continued as a leading session drummer. Kim Gardner joined Badger
for their second LP and then worked with the likes of Mike Hugg,
Chris Barber and Dwight Twilley before
becoming a permanent member of Billy Burnette's backing
Ashton was invited to join the Liverpool beat group, The Remo Four as organist/vocalist, whilst Roy Dyke became the group's drummer, having joined them in 1963. Their best work came in 1966 when they released their album Smile!. Before their break-up in 1968, they backed George Harrison on his album Wonderwall Music.
Ashton and Dyke then joined forces with the bass guitar playing Kim Gardner, who had previously played in minor British groups, The Birds and The Creation. The triad simply called themselves Ashton, Gardner and Dyke. Mick Liber formerly of Python Lee Jackson played lead guitar with the group.
They released their first single "Maiden Voyage"/"See The Sun In My Eyes" on Polydor Records in 1969, but it flopped. However, their next single release on Capitol Records, made them household names. It was entitled "Resurrection Shuffle". They poached their brass section, Lyle Jenkins and Dave Caswell, from Birmingham band Galliard. It entered the UK singles chart on 16 January 1971, had a chart life of 14 weeks and peaked at Number 3, and reached number 40 in the US Charts. This one-off triumph ultimately garnered for them the tag of one-hit wonder.
Equally unfortunately, their follow-up single "Can You Get It" lacked the general boisterous appeal of "Resurrection Shuflle", and failed to chart. Nevertheless, Ashton Gardner and Dyke persevered and recorded three albums (see discography below).
Their last recording together was a collaboration with Jon Lord on the soundtrack for a b-movie called "The Last Rebel", starring former gridiron star, Joe Namath. Ashton also appeared on Jon Lord's first solo album Gemini Suite in 1972.
The trio finally split the same year.
 Album discography
(Polydor 583 081) (1969)
(Capitol EST 563) (1971)
(1971, with Jon Lord)
(Capitol EST 862) (1972)
 Band members
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