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Greatest Show on Earth


This London-based octet – Ozzie Lane (vocals), Garth Watt-Roy (guitar/vocals), Mick Deacon (keyboards), Ian Aitcheson (saxophone), Tex Philpotts (saxophone), Dick Hanson (trumpet), Norman Watt-Roy (bass) and Ron Prudence (drums) – was formed in 1968 being a soul band. New Orleans-born Street later came back to America departing his erstwhile co-workers to forge a far more progressive path with new vocalist Colin Horton-Jennings. The group finished two albums which shown a solid compositional skill in addition to an imaginative usage of brass. They liked a brief reputation in Europe following success from the one, ‘Real Cool Globe’, however the Ideal Show ON THE PLANET found small favour in the home and split up in 1971. Norman Watt-Roy after that shaped Glencoe, and afterwards joined up with Ian Dury’s Blockheads.

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Full Name The Greatest Show on Earth
Awards Academy Award for Best Picture, Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama, Golden Globe Award for Best Director - Motion Picture, Academy Award for Best Story, Golden Globe Award for Best Cinematography - Color
Albums The Going's Easy, Horizons, Horizons / The Going's Easy
Nominations Academy Award for Best Director, Academy Award for Best Film Editing, Academy Award for Best Costume Design, Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film

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