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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)
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 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 place of them. (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)
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)
Behind the scenes
- The song used in An Unearthly Child was called "Three Guitars Mood 2".