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John J Francis

Photographer Sean Foley


The Sorrows

The Sorrows NBD Link

Mainly original songs by John and the band, covers of UK beat bands and instrumentals with a leaning to the music of the Dave Bridge Trio. Demos done at Laurie Ryan's "Vista" studio in Robert Street Wickham.

45: Someday / I'm Lonely (Big Sound) (1964)

John Francis Collexion

45: I Talk To Trees / You Tell Me (RCA 101795) (1966)

A short-lived Newcastle-based project for Francis, who'd previously been in The Sorrows and was later in Magic and Brute Force and His Drum.


45: I Want to Fly / Booked on a Drunk Charge. (Phillips) (1969) BF-450

45: The Carpenter Song / Vintage Wine (Phillips) (1970)

Brute Force and his Drum:

A recording project in 1973

45: Weird and Wonderful / Strange (Copperfield) (1973)

Solo Recordings

45: Train, Train, Train / Pity Me / Three Floors Down (Warner)1972

45: Play Mumma, Sing Me a Song / What To Do (Warner) 1973

45: City Lights, Saturday Night - 1959 / Liberated Roadside Lady (Warner)1974

45: Lucky Star / Money Honey (Warner) 1974

EP: Play Momma (Warner) 1974

LP: Rock N Roll Refugee (Warner) 1972

LP: Breaks, Works and Thoughts (Warner)1973

LP: Open Fist (Warner)1974

LP: Wassa Matta (Warner) 1974

Musicians on "Breaks, Works and Thoughts"

CD: Legacy ‎(Comp) (Two Faced) 2010


Photographer Gary Pearton

Photographer James Woodward

Play Muvva

EP cover

dogs in custody

Dogs in Custody

JJ and Bob Hudson

JJ and Bob Hudson

Above two photos courtesy of (websites gone)