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Nero & the Gladiators

This short-lived UK instrumental pop group was formed by guitarist Mike O’Neill who, having been informed that he resembled a Roman emperor, dubbed himself Nero and took to wearing a toga. His group, which also included Colin Green (acoustic guitar), Tommy Dark brown (drums) and Pole ‘Footwear’ Slade (bass), finished three rousing singles, including ‘Access FROM THE Gladiators’ and Prokofiev’s ‘In The Hall FROM THE Mountain Ruler’, the second option which incurred a BBC radio ban when ‘Footwear’ spoken intro was considered disrespectful to a traditional little bit of music. The machine was disbanded in 1963 when Slade and Green opted to become listed on Georgie Fame AS WELL AS THE Blue Flames. Slade later on surfaced in the Alan Cost Arranged. Mick Jones, later on to find popularity with Foreigner, was also an associate from the Gladiators soon before their demise.

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