The Sopwith "Camel" (a.k.a. Sopwith "Camel") was a pop/rock band that was a part of the San Francisco psychedelic music scene of the mid 1960s. Formed in late 1965 by Peter Kraemer (vocals, saxophone), the original lineup also consisted of guitarists Terry MacNeil and William "Truckaway" Sievers, London-born bassist Martin Beard (d. November 10, 2015), and drummer Norman Mayell, with some personnel changes. This band shared its name with a British fighter aircraft used in World War I.
The Sopwith "Camel" debuted on the Pop/Rock charts in late 1966 with the Peter Kraemer/Terry MacNeil-penned "Hello Hello," a vaudeville-styled novelty tune with honky-tonk piano interspersed with some psychedelic special effects that peaked at #26 on the Billboard Hot 100 the following year. With that song, this band became the first from the San Francisco area to score a Top 40 hit nationally. The Sopwith "Camel" had one more hit in 1967 with "Postcard From Jamaica" and released two albums, "Sopwith Camel" (1967) and the cult classic, "The Miraculous Hump Returns From The Moon" (1973), before disbanding in 1974. "Sopwith Camel" was later re-released twice under different names: "Frantic Desolation" (1986) and "Hello Hello Again" (1990).
- For more info about the history of Sopwith "Camel" and current projects, visit sopwithcamel.com.
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The Sopwith 'Camel'
- Hello Hello 1966
(This song also became a hit for Claudine Longet (1967).)
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