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Brewers Droop

Brewers Droop formed around High Wycombe in 1971. They played blues-based music and gigged extensively in the early days of the pub rock scene.

They signed to RCA in 1972 for their debut album, Opening Time. A non-LP single, Sweet Thing, also appeared in 1972.

By the following year, the band had shortened their name to The Droop and issued another non-LP single, Louise, in September 1973.

The Droop continued recording a proposed second album during 1973 while undergoing various line-up changes. Pick Withers took over on drums for a short spell before Bob Walker returned.

Around the same time, Mark Knopfler was recruited as the group’s primary guitarist, allowing John Mackay to come to the fore more as a co-lead vocalist with Ron Watts.

This line-up only lasted a few months and the band had dissolved by the end of 1973.

Knopfler and Withers went on to great success with Dire Straits.

Ron Watts
John “Alimony Slim” Mackay
Guitar, vocals
Steve Darrington
Malcolm Barrett
Bob Walker
Derrick Timms
Steve Nachi
Pick Withers
Mark Knopfler