Editor?s note: This is the second part of the story behind the 1960s act of Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger and his Trinity. By the end of Part I, the act was on its way up. It had scored a U.K. #5 hit with its single ?This Wheel?s On Fire.? The group was all over TV, including on ?Top of the Pops,? ?Beat Club? and David Frost?s ?Frost on Sunday? show, and French TV had just commissioned a TV special that would pair the Bee Gees and the Trinity.
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Julie Driscoll selected David Ackles? ?Road To Cairo? as the band?s follow-up single, and, like ?This Wheel?s On Fire,? their interpretation was debuted during a David Symonds radio session in September.
Again, all agreed that it was another magnificent performance, dense and moody? a sure-fire hit. But once again, there would be problems surrounding the billing on the record label.
?I?d warned Giorgio [Gomelsky] that I was really fed up with the way that these records were being released and to make sure Polydor didn?t do another number on me,? Brian Auger said. ?So we went to Scandinavia just as the single came out, and when we got there, lo and behold, it was credited to Julie alone again, which completely destroyed any credibility Giorgio had left.?
Auger was furious. He finished up an hour special on Scandinavian TV, and decided to leave.
?So I went home and I looked at my contract and saw I was signed to Giorgio Gomelsky Associates, which, I then found out, was never registered as a company. My lawyer just shoved the contract back across at me and said, ?That?s null and void,? so that was that,? he says.
Auger considered quitting the band on the spot but chose instead to keep going.
?It was perfect. I was able to sit there and bide my time, because I knew I could leave whenever I liked. So I decided to try and make the best of things ? I knew we were going to the States soon, and that had always been an ambition of mine, every jazz man?s dream, so I hung around. But really, that was the end, that early. It was very strange inside the band; I tried to hunker down and play as good as I could, but things never really improved after that.?
Other events didn?t help. ?Road to Cairo? came out and was bubbling under at about #32. Bookending three weeks of heavy promotion, the band performed the song on Tony Blackburn?s TV show on Nov. 9, and was co-billed (alongside the Alan Price Set) on a special edition of BBC2?s ?Colour Me Pop,? live from the Fairfield Hall in Croydon on Nov. 23. But the big one was an appearance on the ?Eamonn Andrews Show,? one of the most prestigious ? and influential ? entertainment programs on at the time.
?I have to laugh when I think of it now. We went on, and Julie was really rude. I?m thinking to myself ?Whoa!? I really can?t remember exactly what she said, so I won?t try, but it was an attitude of? ?So what?? And on top of that, we were just about to start the performance, when they told us, ?Look, we?re really sorry, but the board has broken down.? They had an 8-track board, and it had completely conked out. So we couldn?t perform, and all anyone saw was Julie being so rude to Eamonn.?
That was it for ?The Road To Cairo.? Instead of breaking into the Top 30, it slid backward and disappeared.
?In a way, I thought, given the way things were in the band, it was kind of karma that we all deserved,? Auger says.
The show?s producers offered the band a chance to return the following week, but they had to turn it down. They were off to France to launch a European tour that would also include one night alongside the Fugs, the Mothers, Tim Buckley