The Explosion

Babatunde Tony Ellis – lead guitar

Ronald Simmonds – bass/lead vocals

Danny Evans – drums

I would be interested to hear from anyone who can throw any further light on this obscure Jamaican band who cut two rare 45s in Spain in 1968-1969. Singer Carl Douglas was also a member but judging by the picture sleeve of their two releases and the credits, he only appears to have been on the second release.

Douglas told me that the rest of The Explosion comprised musicians from Argentina, Colombia, France, Spain and Morocco. I also understand that Ellis, Simmonds and Evans were originally in a band called The Links who were regulars at Count Suckle’s Cue Club in Praed Street, Paddington.

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2 thoughts on “The Explosion”

  1. Is Carl Douglas the guy from the Okeh 45 “something for nothing” that was covered by Spanish bands of the late 60’s? And later Kung Fu Fighting”? While a hit in the US, it was recorded in the UK on Pye.

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