Them was a R&B tinged rock band from Northern Ireland, best known for the song “Gloria” and helping to launch Van Morrison’s music career. Them’s original line-up featured Van Morrison on vocals and harmonica, Alan Henderson on bass, Jackie McAuley on organ, Billy Harrison on guitar and Patrick McAuley on drums.
The band released their first single record ‘Don’t Start Crying Now’ in 1964. The single turned out to be a big ole flop. The band’s managers and producers then hired session players Robert Page, Bobby Graham and Peter Bardens to back Morrison on what was to be an excellent cover of Big Joe Williams’ ‘Baby Please Don’t Go’. The new single, which featured the now classic track “Gloria” as a B-side, was a huge success in the United Kingdom, soaring to #10 on the charts in the winter of 1964
The band then released its best known hit in the United Kingdom, ‘Here Comes the Night’, which made it to #2 on the charts in the spring of 1965. Later that year the classic with an enigmatic air, ‘Mystic Eyes’ reached #33 in the US.
Them released two albums- Them and Them Again, both of which failed to sell, and in the middle of 1966, Van Morrison left the group to pursue what would be an successful (to say the least) solo career. The remaining members of the band split later that year.
Two videos below.
1965 at the showcase for the NME poll winners contest-
Here Come The Night & Turn On Your Love Light
Footage from 1966- Baby Please Don’t Go