Founded in London in 1968 by Mick Wayne (ex-The Tickle and The Hullaballoos) with Steve Chapman on drums and Honk (real name John Lodge) on bass, Junior’s Eyes quickly signed a record deal with Denny Cordell/Tony Visconti Productions.
In 1969 they recorded their only album Battersea Power Station. Grom (real name Graham Kelly) joined them on vocals and Rick Wakeman was added on keyboards. John Cambridge – who had earlier been in The Hullaballoos with Mick – replaced Steve Chapman on drums, whilst future Sutherland Brothers & Quiver guitarist Tim Renwick was added on guitar.
The band were not to stay together for long, though. Mick had been playing sessions for various people, including James Taylor, Joe Cocker, David Bowie (including playing guitar on Space Oddity in 1969) and following the demise of the band he moved to Los Angeles to continue his career.
At Leon Russell ‘s studio he recorded a new solo album, and in 1972 he returned to London and recorded with Sandy Denny, Steve Winwood and Ringo Starr. He also went on to play and record with The Pink Fairies, Tim Hardin and Phil Collins.
Guitarist Tim Renwick went on to Sutherland Brothers & Quiver.
Tragically, Wayne died in a house fire in the USA on 24 June 1994.
John ‘Honk’ Lodge
Graham ‘Grom’ Kelly