Sam Apple Pie hailed from Walthamstow (East London) in the late 60’s and played all the day’s underground clubs and ‘happenings’, and even appeared at the very first Glastonbury Festival, in 1970.
Fronted by vocalist/harpist Sam Sampson, the group featured an astonishing three guitarists, drummer Dave Charles and keyboardist Malcolm Morley.
Their recorded output was limited to their self-titled debut album (1969) and the appropriately titled East 17 (1973). The band called it a day in 1976.
Guitarist Andy “Snakehip” Johnson died in Hastingwood, Essex, of throat cancer on 5 March 2010. He was 62.
Sam ‘Tomcat’ Sampson
Mick ‘Tinkerbell’ Smith
Steve ‘Tomcat’ Jolly
Andy ‘Snakehip’ Johnson
Denny ‘Pancho’ Barnes
Bob ‘Dog’ Rennie
Lee Baxter Hayes