The Cherokees formed in 1962 in Leeds, and like many British bands at the time, they made several trips to Hamburg to play in clubs like the Star Club.
Following a debut single (You’ve Done It Again Little Girl) on Decca they moved to Columbia where they scored a #33 hit with their single Seven Golden Daffodils in 1964.
Despite backing from Mickie Most, they were unable to replicate this success with any of their three subsequent singles for Columbia between 1964 and 1966 – including cover versions of Billy Fury‘s Wondrous Place and Wilson Pickett‘s Land of 1000 Dances.
The band appeared in a comedy film directed by Michael Winner and starring Lionel Jeffries, Bernard Cribbins and Terry Thomas called You Must Be Joking (1965) before eventually changing their name to New York Public Library and releasing cover versions of The Rascals‘ I Ain’t Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore and The Doors‘ Love me Two Times.
They called it a day in 1975.
Terry ‘Tez’ Stokes