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.
John “Alimony Slim” Mackay