Updated March 2015
Danny King lead singer (left 1966)
Dennis "Denny" Ball bass guitar, vocal
Trevor Burton guitar, vocal (left 1966)
Roger Harris organ (left 1966)
Keith Smart drums (left 1966)
David Reay drums (joined 1966) Chris Evans guitar, vocal (joined 1966) Jim Murphy guitar, vocal (joined 1966)
Well-known Birmingham vocalist Danny King (see Danny King) put together a new backing group in 1965 who became 'The Mayfair Set' (initially called 'The Jesters'). The band included guitarist Trevor Burton and drummer Keith Smart, both from Aston as well as bass guitarist Dennis Ball from a band called 'The Deadbeats' and organist Roger Harris from The Conchords.
Trevor Burton was born Trevor Ireson on March 9, 1949 and lived in Whitehouse Street, Aston. He started singing rock 'n' roll songs and playing guitar at an early age. Trevor was leading his own young group called 'The Everglades' by 1963 although at that time he was still a student at Upper Thomas Street School. Also from The Everglades was the Mayfair Set's drummer Keith Smart.
Danny King still retained a recording contract with Columbia Records and his next single recorded with the Mayfair Set and entitled 'Pretty Things', was released in January 1965. The record was produced by Norrie Paramor and may have featured Roy Wood from Mike Sheridan's Nightriders on session guitar. Despite gaining the band some local attention, neither this or the follow-up Mayfair Set single 'Amen (My Teenage Prayer)' managed to gain a chart placing.
Danny King left The Mayfair Set in January 1966 to become involved with a new group (see Locomotive). Trevor Burton also departed to become a founding member of The Move resulting in that particular Mayfair Set line-up disbanding soon after. Keith Smart was to join a new recording group in 1967 called The Lemon Tree who had their first single produced by Trevor Burton. Keith would later play drums for The Uglys and Mongrel before finally making the big time when that latter group became the foundation for Roy Wood's chart-topping band 'Wizzard'.
A new 'Mayfair Set' re-grouped in 1966 after Danny King and Trevor Burton left. The line-up was remaining original member Denny Ball, Chris Evans and Jim Murphy (both guitar and vocals), and Dave Reay (drums). They went over to Germany for a year where they recorded a couple of singles released there on one of the local labels. After the Mayfair Set returned from Germany and disbanded by the end of 1967, Denny Ball joined his brother Dave from The Madding Crowd to form a new blues-based line-up called Chicago Hush.
Chris Evans and David Reay went on to form the psychedelic pop group World of Oz. Along with bass guitarist Tony Clarkson and keyboardist David Kubinec, they gained a recording contract with Deram Records and recorded an album and singles including the well-known song 'Muffin Man'
Denny and Dave later went on to join drummer Cozy Powell in the Ace Kefford Stand in 1968 before forming the acclaimed hard-rock trio 'Bedlam'. Dave was also to play guitar as a member of the internationally successful band Procol Harum and is featured on their big hit single 'Conquistador' taken from their album recorded live with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.
As for Danny King, he continued to perform and record occasionally throughout the later 1960s. He remains to this day as one of the most respected and admired Birmingham vocalists from that era.