Flaming Youth - From Now On (Immortal Invisible) - ARK-2 - 3-11-1969 • TopPop
Flaming Youth were a British rock band, active in the late 1960s. They were not commercially successful and are remembered primarily as Phil Collins’ first band that had a recording deal.
In 1969, American singer John Walker, of the Walker Brothers, toured in England, and was accompanied by keyboardist Brian Chatton, bassist Gordon "Flash" Smith, guitarist Ronnie Caryl and drummer Phil Collins. After the tour, they decided to get on together, calling themselves Hickory, and recorded a single in 1969, "Green Light/The Key".
The group met songwriters Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley, who were looking for a band to record an album they were working on, so they changed their name to Flaming Youth. They released the album Ark 2 in 1969. In November, New Musical Express reported that the concept album was the subject of an hour-long television special, which the group had filmed in the Netherlands.
The LP was released on Fontana Records in the UK to some critical but no commercial success. There was also a follow-up single recorded, "Man, Woman, and Child". The band had difficulty getting gigs and the band finally broke up in early 1970.
Phil Collins joined Genesis and the rest is history.
This is one of the recordings made by AVRO television with the recoding of the TV special of Ark 2.