Jeff Bannister began his career as a professional musician in the mid-sixties as lead vocalist/keyboard player with The John Barry Seven. Major tours followed in UK & Europe, backing Brenda Lee, Billy Fury and Marty Wilde. The nucleus of this band later became The Alan Bown Set and Jeff was a significant member throughout its duration, appearing on all the major TV shows at the time; Ready Steady Go, Top of the Pops etc and co-writing many of the songs on the band's five albums. The line-up also featured lead vocalist Jess Roden until he was later replaced by Robert Palmer. Sax player John Anthony Helliwell subsequently joined Supertramp.
Over the years Jeff has also recorded and/or toured as a member of numerous bands including The O Band, The Jack Green Band (tour of USA), Gerry Rafferty, Charlie Dore and Rick Lee of Ten Years After. As a session musician he played keyboards on albums by Bronco, Starry Eyed and Laughing, Magna Carta, Raff Ravenscroft and a single for Joan Jett. In the 1990's and in early 2000 as a member of the house band Rockin' Horse, Jeff completed four extensive UK tours with The Solid Gold Rock 'n' Roll Show, which starred Marty Wilde, Joe Brown, Eden Kane, John Leyton, Freddy Cannon, Craig Douglas and The Vernons.
Jeff joined The Swinging Blue Jeans early in 2010 and has toured extensively in the UK, Europe and Scandinavia. See History.
This is to ensure that experience using the website is the best possible.
You can find out more about the cookies we use by reading our cookie declaration.
What are cookies? Cookies are small files stored in your web browser to help the website interact with you. Without cookies, every time you visit a new page the website thinks you are a new visitor. This would mean for example shopping baskets would empty each time you clicked onto a new page. If you would like to read more about cookies , Wikipedia has a detailed article.
What if I do not want cookies stored on my browser? You can block cookies via your web browser. You can find out specific instructions for your browser via Google. Please note though we provide no guarantee against unexpected results should you choose to block cookies on this website.
What cookies do you store on my browser? Details of the cookies we use on this site are listed below:
CookieMessage - This records the answer you gave regarding accepting our cookies. Without this the cookie notification would pop up every time you went to a new page
PHPSESSID - Allows the website to function correctly such as retaining a shopping basket
Occasionally the way third-party add-ons store cookies change. Because of this the list above may not always contain an exhaustive list of the cookies which are saved. We do regularly audit the cookies stored as a result of visiting our website.