Cupids Inspiration, Based in Stamford, Lincolnshire, England, and initially known as the Ends, this pop attraction secured a recording contract with NEMS on the strength of vocalist T. (Terry) Rice-Milton (b. 5 June 1946). The line-up was completed by Wyndham George (b. 20 February 1947; guitar), Laughton James (b. 21 December 1946; bass) and Roger Gray (b. 29 April 1949) and featured on ‘Yesterday Has Gone’ (1968), a song originally recorded by Little Anthony And The Imperials. Cupid’s Inspiration’s cover version rose to number 4 in the UK chart, during which time pianist Garfield Tonkin (b. 28 September 1946) was added to the line-up.
The quintet soon repeated the success of their powerful and catchy debut single with ‘My World’. The line-up was changed at the end of the year, but within weeks Rice-Milton and Gray re-emerged alongside newcomers Bernie Lee (guitar) and Gordon Haskell (b. 27 April 1946, Bournemouth, Dorset, England; bass, ex-Les Fleur Des Lys).
Terry Rice-Milton’s next hit came in 1970 with a revival of Cilla Black’s ‘You’re My World’. Haskell briefly joined King Crimson before embarking on a succesful solo carreer.
Today Terry and the original line-up are back, having had a sell out reunion concert in 2012, & another in early 2014 by public demand.
In the 1990s and early 2000s, the group played reunion shows with other bands from the era.In September 2012, founder members Terry Rice Milton and Laughton James, together with Bernie Lee, who was a member during 1968/69, and drummer Tony Peck from The Ends played a reunion concert in their home town of Stamford in 2012.
Watch this space in 2018. Rice-Miltons Voice is better than ever and he is still Performing with Cupid’s Inspiration!!
(Warning beware of bald imitations of no fixed ability pretending they had a Hit!)
The band’s 1968 HIT “Yesterday Has Gone” (written by Teddy Randazzo and Victoria Pike) has featured on many compilation albums, including Sixties Power Ballads – The Greatest Driving Anthems in the World… Ever! (2007).
Terry & Cupid’s hits are also regularly featured on Tony Blackburns’ Golden Hour and Sounds of the Sixties!!