The Move were one of the leading British rock bands of the 1960s from Birmingham, England, and were among the most popular British bands to not find any success in the US.
The Move were led by guitarist, singer and songwriter Roy Wood (although Chris “Ace” Kefford was their original leader), who composed all the group’s UK singles and from 1968 also sang lead vocal on many of them, although Carl Wayne was their primary singer through 1969. (In actual fact, from their beginning, they had four singers, Carl Wayne, Roy Wood, Ace Kefford and Trevor Burton. They shared vocals plus did the close harmonies.)
They were extremely successful in Britain in their early career, scoring nine Top 20 UK singles in five years, but they were not as well known in the United States. Nevertheless, they have been credited as an influence on many later groups on both sides of the Atlantic.
The group evolved from several mid 1960s Birmingham based groups, including Carl Wayne and the Vikings, the Nightriders and the Mayfair Set. Strongly influenced by The Beatles, Motown and the emerging American ‘West Coast’ sound, The Move quickly established a reputation as one of the most accomplished and exciting live acts of the period. The group’s name seems to refer to the move various members of these bands made to form the group. Beside Wood, the original members of The Move in 1966 were drummer Bev Bevan, bassist Chris “Ace” Kefford, vocalist Carl Wayne and guitarist Trevor Burton. The concluding members in 1972 were the trio of Wood, Bevan and guitarist-pianist Jeff Lynne, who is commonly credited, along with Wood, with transitioning the group into The Electric Light Orchestra.