Kaleidoscope were formed in Acton in 1963 as The Sidekicks but changed their name to The Key in 1965 when they were joined by their new lead singer, Peter Daltrey.
At the beginning of 1967 they signed to Fontana releasing their first single Flight From Ashiya in a full picture sleeve to rave reviews and calling themselves Kaleidoscope.
Their debut album, Tangerine Dream (1967), was a psych album blushing with full gorgeous melodies, not least the oboe-led Mr Small The Watch Repairer Man, at once both technicolour and Dickensian.
After a few further singles, it was politely suggested to them by their label to come up with a hit or else. So making a study of the charts came up with Jenny Artichoke (1968) inspired by Donovan’s Jennifer Juniper but still, that hit eluded them and the lads, strapped for cash, began taking part-time jobs and changed their name (again) to Fairfield Parlour.
The new group recorded a concept album called White Faced Lady at their own expense, but their new label Vertigo wouldn’t release it.
The album was finally released in 1991 under the Kaleidoscope name.