Revised February 2011Danny King lead singer (left 1966)
Danny King and The Royals were soon booked to appear at the Top Ten Club in Hamburg, Germany alongside other groups including The Beatles who were unknown outside of Liverpool at the time. When London record producer Norrie Paramor went to Birmingham in 1963 to check out local groups, Danny King and The Royals were one of the acts to be signed up at the Moat House Club auditions.
Despite a recording contract however, things did not turn out the way Danny King wanted with Norrie Paramor insisting on using Mike Sheridan's group The Nightriders to provide the backing on Danny King's records as well as selecting the material that he should record. Somewhat disillusioned, Danny King split from The Royals and started performing around Birmingham sporadically while looking to start a new project. The Royals also had disbanded by the end of 1963.
An opportunity came in early 1964 when Danny King joined up with his former bass player from the Dukes, Clint Warwick along with drummer Graeme Edge from the Avengers. They wanted to form an outfit similar to the Spencer Davis Group and play rhythm & blues, a style of black American music much favoured at that time by college and university students. Vocalist/guitarist Denny Laine from the Diplomats also wanted to get involved, so the new group started rehearsing under the name 'R&B Preachers'.
Before long, vocalist Ray Thomas and piano player Mike Pinder who had both played in a well-known local group called El Riot and The Rebels and also played in Germany as part of a group called The Krewcats, had also joined the line-up. Perhaps feeling the need to front another group, Danny King lost interest in the R&B project and left (see Danny King and The Mayfair Set). Within a year, the R&B Preachers evolved into The Moody Blues and were enjoying world-wide success with their hit record Go Now.