Born and raised In Liverpool, England, Our Kid was discovered by Francis Davis, who first saw them singing individually in talent shows. He teamed up the lads and got them working on their own brand of four-part point harmony.
Whilst working at the Wooky Hollow Club in Liverpool, the lads – Kevin Rowan (12), Brian Farrell (13), Terry McCreith (15) and Terry Baccino (15) – wowed songwriter Barry Mason’s mum, who happened to be in the audience. Acting on her recommendation, Barry (a leading British songwriter) went to see the boys In action, liked what he saw, and became their personal manager.
Clean-cut and talcum powder fresh, the group came to fame on the ITV talent show, New Faces, winning an edition of the programme on 1 May 1976. Their debut single, (co-written by Barry Mason and Roger Greenaway) provided a #2 hit single on the UK Singles Chart.
Terry Baccino replaced original member David Newall who left the band two weeks before the group appeared on New Faces to concentrate on a new band called Young World with Ian McNabb and Chris Sharrock (who went on to form The Icicle Works).
The boys returned to New Faces for the ‘All Winners’ Show’, but came third. They dressed in matching three-piece suits with buttonholes and neatly fringed hair, prompting guest judge Shaw Taylor to remark that they looked like old men before their time.
Television companies, newspapers and show business agents fell over themselves to book Our Kid, and they attracted a huge teenybopper following. They appeared on television, and a glittering future was forecast.
But their exposure was hampered by education authorities refusing them permission to participate in performances (a scheduled appearance on Blue Peter was cancelled at the last minute when Liverpool City Council’s Education Committee refused to issue a licence for them to participate, and a further 28 other television appearances had to be turned down for the same reason.)
Subsequent Our Kid singles I Can’t Live Without You and Romeo and Juliet were unsuccessful.
Terry McCreith’s cousin, Frankie Jones, was added as a fifth member in 1978, but the group called it a day in September 1979.
Brian Farrell took a job in a Liverpool menswear shop while Terry McCreith joined the army.