The Defenders (6)

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Danish rock/beat group formed in Copenhagen 1961 by Flemming Knud Sørensen (lead vocals and guitar), Peder Jelsbak (lead guitar), Jens Henrik Dahl (rhythm guitar), Hans Klitgaard Larsen (bass) and Ken Gudman (drums) as one of the first rock bands in Denmark. Inspired by Cliff Richard and The Shadows and 50’s rock’n’roll, especially Elvis Presley.

In 1963 the band made it to the finals in a Cliff Richard cover competition. Later the same year they recorded a demo for Sonet Records with the songs “Teenage Heaven” and “Kisses of Fire”; a demo which remained a “secret” until it was reissued in 1990 in just 100 copies. Even later that year, Rudolph Alexander Hanius Hansen replaced Hans Klitgaard Larsen on bass and the musical style turned towards the newer Liverpool style. In December Jelsbak and Gudman left the band and were replaced by Benny Qvotrup (ex-Hitmakers) on drums, while Dahl changed to lead guitar and Sørensen to rhythm guitar and lead vocals. Jelsbak went on to form his own band, The Contenders, while Gudman joined The Danish Sharks.

In the summer of 1964 the band recorded their first single (Don't Show Me Away b/w Just In Case). Shortly thereafter Preben Devantier temporarily replaced Qvotrup on drums until Gudman permanently returned to the band in the fall of ’64. With this line-up, the band achieved the status as the most popular band in Denmark in the years 1965-66 with their combination of r&b and soft beat music, presented in a humorous fashion.

In February 1967 Gudman left the band again and was temporarily replaced by Jørgen Stig until Niels Kjær (ex-Ex-Checkers) permanently joined the band on drums. The style was changed to progressive rock inspired, amongst others, by Jimi Hendrix and Cream. In July the same year, Dahl left the band. Hansen changed to lead guitar while Per Oluf “Flob” Michael Hansen (ex-Les Rivals) joined in on bass. Dahl went on to form Young Flowers with, amongst others, Gudman.

With the new line-up, the band debuted with a new psychedelic style in September 1967. In October Sørensen left the band to form a new band, Flemming & Page One, and Rudolph Hansen took over the lead vocals role. The band continued as a trio until early 1968, when Jens Bjørner (ex-The Clan) joined in on organ. The band however, broke up a few months later, in April 1968.

An attempt to reform the band in 1970 didn’t succeed, although they did perform at that year’s Nyborg Festival. In 1995 the band reformed with Flemming Sørensen, Jens Dahl, Pete Dennis (bass) and Jesper Thorup (drums), and performed at the Tønder Festival and Kalundborg Festival, but later that year Flemming Sørensen died from alcohol abuse and in the spring of 1996 Jens Dahl also died, marking the final end of the band.
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The Defenders (6) Discography Tracks

Albums

SLP 1215 The Defenders (6) - The Defenders album art Defenders* The Defenders(LP) Sonet SLP 1215 Denmark 1965 Sell This Version
The Defenders (6) - Looking At You album art The Defenders (6) Looking At You (Album) Sonet Denmark 1966 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

The Defenders (6) - Farmer John album art The Defenders (6) & The Hitmakers (5) The Defenders (6) & The Hitmakers (5) - Farmer John (Single) Sonet Denmark 1964 Sell This Version
The Defenders (6) - Don't Show Me Away /  Just In Case album art The Defenders (6) Don't Show Me Away / Just In Case (Single) Sonet 1964 Sell This Version
The Defenders (6) - Mashed Potatoes album art The Defenders (6) Mashed Potatoes (Single) Sonet Denmark 1965 Sell This Version
T 7195 The Defenders (6) - Walking The Dog / Crying Over You album art The Defenders (6) Walking The Dog / Crying Over You(7") Sonet T 7195 Denmark 1965 Sell This Version
DA 42.796 The Defenders (6) - Mashed Potatoes / That's My Baby album art The Defenders (6) Mashed Potatoes / That's My Baby(7", Single) Funckler DA 42.796 Netherlands 1965 Sell This Version
T 7199 The Defenders (6) - Just A Closer Walk With Thee / I Walk The Line album art Gunilla Thorn, The Defenders (6) Gunilla Thorn, The Defenders (6) - Just A Closer Walk With Thee / I Walk The Line(7", Single) Sonet T 7199 Sweden 1965 Sell This Version
T 7198 The Defenders (6) - That's My Baby / The Birds And The Bees album art The Defenders (6) That's My Baby / The Birds And The Bees(7", Single) Sonet T 7198 Denmark 1965 Sell This Version
The Defenders (6) - Rolly Polly album art The Defenders (6) Rolly Polly (Single) Sonet Denmark 1966 Sell This Version
The Defenders (6) - Jeg Har Aldrig Fået Noet / Solskin Ombord album art The Defenders (6) Jeg Har Aldrig Fået Noet / Solskin Ombord (Single) Sonet Denmark 1966 Sell This Version
The Defenders (6) - Der Er Lys I Lygten... album art The Defenders (6) Der Er Lys I Lygten... Sonet Denmark 1966 Sell This Version
T 7206 The Defenders (6) - Wooly Bully / Jump Back Baby album art The Defenders (6) Wooly Bully / Jump Back Baby(7", Single) Sonet T 7206 Denmark 1966 Sell This Version
T 7225 The Defenders (6) - Goodbye Sisters album art The Defenders (6) Goodbye Sisters(7", Single) Sonet T 7225 Denmark 1966 Sell This Version
T 7241 The Defenders (6) - Dear Mrs. Applebee / The In Crowd  album art The Defenders (6) Dear Mrs. Applebee / The In Crowd (7") Sonet T 7241 Denmark 1966 Sell This Version
T 7218 The Defenders (6) - Sitting All Alone / Mercy album art The Defenders (6) Sitting All Alone / Mercy(7") Sonet T 7218 1966 Sell This Version
T 7251 The Defenders (6) - Get Ready/203 Seconds Of A Friday album art The Defenders (6) Get Ready/203 Seconds Of A Friday(7") Sonet T 7251 Denmark 1967 Sell This Version
T 7245 The Defenders (6) - I Can't Believe What You Say / Every Day I Have To Cry album art The Defenders (6) I Can't Believe What You Say / Every Day I Have To Cry(7") Sonet T 7245 Denmark 1967 Sell This Version
T 8271 The Defenders (6) - "Vi Har Det - ÅH - Åh" / En Lille Nisse album art The Defenders (6) "Vi Har Det - ÅH - Åh" / En Lille Nisse(7", Single) Sonet T 8271 Denmark 1967 Sell This Version
The Defenders (6) - The Birds And The Bees / Cadillac album art The Defenders (6) The Birds And The Bees / Cadillac (Single) Metronome Germany Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

The Defenders (6) - Gylden Time album art The Defenders (6) Gylden Time (Comp) Sonet Denmark 1977 Sell This Version
014018-2 The Defenders (6) - Defenders - Looking At You 1963-1968 album art Defenders* Defenders - Looking At You 1963-1968(2xCD, Comp) Sonet 014018-2 Denmark 2002 Sell This Version