The Outlaws (UK band)

The Outlaws is an English instrumental band that recorded in the early 1960s. One time members included Ritchie Blackmore, Chas Hodges, Bobby Graham, Ken Lundgren, Mick Underwood, Reg Hawkins, Billy Kuy and others.

Their name was originally conceived by Joe Meek, who needed a backing group for Mike Berry's Set Me Free in 1960. After that recording, they continued being one of the 'house bands' of his recording studio in 304 Holloway Road, London. As such, they were used for recordings, demos and auditions. Many of their songs were written by Meek and credited to his pseudonym Robert Duke. They appeared as themselves in the 1963 British film Live It Up!.

They also recorded singles in their own right, see discography below.



With the line-up : Billy Kuy, Bobby Graham, Chas Hodges, Reg Hawkins

  • "Swingin' Low" b/w "Spring is Near" (Mar 1961)
  • "Ambush" b/w "Indian Brave" (Jun 1961)
  • "Valley of the Sioux" b/w "Crazy Drums" (Sep 1961)

With the line-up : Ken Lundgren, Don Groom, Chas Hodges, Roger Mingay

  • "Ku-Pow!" b/w "Last Stage West" (Feb 1962)

With the line-up : Ken Lundgren, Don Groom, Chas Hodges, Lorne Greene (probably a pseudonym)

  • "Sioux Serenade" b/w "Fort Knox" (Sep 1962)

With the line-up : Mick Underwood, Ken Lundgren, Chas Hodges, Ritchie Blackmore

  • "Poppin' Medley Part 1/2" as The Chaps (Dec 62) Parlophone R4979
  • "Return of The Outlaws" b/w "Texan Spiritual" (Feb 1963)
  • "That Set the Wild West Free" b/w "Hobo" (Aug 1963) (note: Underwood does not appear on "Hobo")
  • "The Bike Beat 1" b/w "The Bike Beat 2" as The Rally Rounders (?? 1964) Lyntone LYN 574
  • "Law and Order" b/w "Do Da Day" (Jan 1964)
  • "Keep a Knockin'" b/w "Shake with Me" (Apr 1964)

With the line-up : Mick Underwood, Ken Lundgren, Chas Hodges, Harvey Hinsley

  • "Don't Cry" b/w "Only For You" (Thomas; Groom) (Feb 1965) [Note: USA only, vocal single, produced by Derek Lawrence. The B side to this release featured Mick Underwood, Bobby Graham, Chas Hodges, Ritchie Blackmore]

Long Player

  • Dream of the West (HMV, Dec 1961)
    • "Dream of the West" / "The Outlaws" / "Husky Team" / "Rodeo" / "Smoke Signals" / "Ambush" / "Barbecue" / "Spring Is Near" / "Indian Brave" / "Homeward Bound" / "Western Sunset" / "Tune for Short Cowboys"

- Billy Kuy (lead guitar), Bobby Graham (drums), Chas Hodges (bass), Reg Hawkins (rhythm guitar).


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