Buddy Britten was born in Liverpool but his music career got going down south with Impresario Reg Calvert as first guitar player with Vince Taylor then as band leader on Calvert s south coast package tours. Buddy s own band by 1962 was named The Regents and released singles through the Beat and R&B era mainly on Oriole and Pye s Piccadilly label. Like many 60 s outfits lasting a number of years on the circuit The Regents had an ever changing line up, including by late 1964 Nick Simper, later of Deep Purple on bass. (Same time Keith Moon was the drummer for two days having passed the audition but took up a simultaneous offer from The Who instead.) After the Beat era Buddy moved with the times looking to record a heavier sound. For two singles in 1967 his professional moniker changed to Simon Raven (later Raverne), after the British author of the same name. Later Buddy reverted to his real name and became a successful author in his own right namely Geoffrey Glover Wright.