"Just Five were a powerhouse R & B act and one of Belfast's hottest R & B acts. The band was founded by pork butcher Sam Mahood (born in 1946, in Banbridge on the River Bann, Co Down, Northern Ireland), who had long wild red hair, staring eyes, and a voice steeped in gospel, who lived in University Street with John Cox, brother of Mick Cox later of Eire Apparent. A promising guitar player, John Cox nearly joined The Just Five. The band included Frank Connolly (vocals), Billy McCoy (guitar) and Mervyn Crawford (guitar). Just Five also played a Friday night dance at the Annadale Boat Club and played the Maritime Hotel. Their repertoire featured blues classics and the latest Rolling Stones hits, and as a tribute to Them they regularly included a version of Baby Please Don't Go. Among their rivals were up-and-coming group The Few, a quintet of hip schoolboys."--Eddie Kelly.
Tiger Taylor replaced Mervyn Crawford at some point. Sam Mahood later joined the Soul Foundation. His replacement was Frank Connolly from Belfast -- note it is possible Connolly replaced Mahood in the Soul Foundation rather than Just Five. If anyone knows the exact details, please get in touch.
Mahood shared accomodation with John Cox, who almost joined Just Five and whose brother Mick Cox was in the Alleykatz and later Eire Apparent.
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