Guitars from the estate of ‘Sounds Incorporated’ Bassist Wes Hunter
We are delighted to offer the following six guitars , which are being sold on behalf of ‘Sounds Incorporated’ bassist Wes Hunter’s family. Two double bass’ are to be offered the following day on Friday 11th December 2015, amongst other musical instruments of the violin family. Further details of these lots will be available at www.gardinerhoulgate.co.uk.
Sounds Incorporated formed in early 1961, in Dartford, Kent, and gained a reputation in nearby South London for the fullness of their saxophone-led instrumental sound. In August 1961, after Gene Vincent’s band, The Blue Caps, had been denied permission to work in the UK, Sounds Incorporated won the opportunity to back Vincent on his British tour and on recordings in London. This led to further opportunities to back other visiting American artists, including Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Brenda Lee and Sam Cooke.
Whilst performing in Hamburg in Germany, they met and befriended the Beatles and in 1963 signed to Brian Epstein’s management company, NEMS.In the same year, they appeared as musical guests in the film Live It Up!
They later became Cilla Black’s backing band, and released their first album called Sounds Incorporated. It contained many stage favourites.
The group toured the world as the Beatles’ opening act, including the August 1965 concert at New York’s Shea Stadium. Sounds Incorporated’s continuing popularity ensured a stream of work, including backing duties at the televised NME awards.