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John Smith and the Common Men

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John Smith and the Common Men, originally known as simply the Common Men, was a music group in 1960s England. (TV: "An Unearthly Child"; AUDIO: 1963: Fanfare for the Common Men)

History Edit

The Common Men originally consisted of three members: Mark Carville, James O'Meara and Korky Goldsmith. The three were actually Byulnians, but did not know it. Their early songs included "Just Count To Three", "Oh, Won't You Please Love Me?" and "Who Is That Man?". (AUDIO: 1963: Fanfare for the Common Men)

At the suggestion of the Fifth Doctor, the Common Men — happy to do anything that paid — became a backing group of "John Smith." (AUDIO: 1963: Fanfare for the Common Men)

John Smith was the stage name of the honourable Aubrey Waites, who started his career as Chris Waites and the Carrollers. One song from Chris Waites and the Carrollers was "Christmas Caroline". (TV: "An Unearthly Child"; PROSE: Time and Relative)

In October 1963, John Smith and the Common Men was beaten to No. 1 by the Beatles. (AUDIO: Hunters of Earth)

In an alternate timeline created by Lenny Kruger, the Common Men became the most famous band in the world in their stead. (AUDIO: 1963: Fanfare for the Common Men)

By November 1963, John Smith and the Common Men went from 19 to 2 in the British charts. Susan Foreman was fond of their music. Her science teacher and future travelling companion Ian Chesterton was quite familiar with them and knew Smith's true identity. (TV: "An Unearthly Child")

On 23 November 1963, Bob Dovie listened to the Common Men on the radio. (AUDIO: The Light at the End)

In 1965, Dodo Chaplet listened to John Smith and the Common Men, but thought that they were "a bit past it." (PROSE: Salvation)

During one UNIT Christmas party, the Third Doctor provided the music, which included John Smith and the Common Men. (PROSE: UNIT Christmas Parties: First Christmas)

In May 1997, while the Eighth Doctor and Bernice Summerfield searched Timothy Todd's flat, Benny discovered a cassette entitled Twang: More Than Thirty Years of John Smith and the Common Men. (PROSE: The Dying Days)

Sam Gold, the DJ of Radio Yesterday, played a cover of one of the band's songs during his ex-wife Iris Wildthyme's visit to the station. (AUDIO: The Sound of Fear)

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