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John Long's band Father Tyme, which he formed on leaving The Rubber Band in 1974, enjoyed moderate success

However John had much bigger ambitions for his band

John had been joined in Father Tyme by other ex-members of The Rubber Band, Mayliu and Kevin Currie, and now decided a complete overhaul of the band was required, including a name change. He settled on the name Rockin' Horse.

Sometime after Mayliu and Kevin Currie joined the band, a new guitarist, Ken Killen joined. Ken was from Inverell in the north of NSW. Before coming to Sydney, Ken had worked with a number of well-known bands in the Northern District of NSW.


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An early publicity photo for rockin' horse. The lead guitarist in this line-up is Ken Killen, left at rear. Next to him are Barry Gathercole, vocals and rhythm guitar and Kevin Currie, bass guitar. Seated in front are Mayliu Currie, vocals and John Long, leader and drums.

When Ken Killen left Rockin'Horse he was replaced by Mick Csapo, who had by now, like John, Mayliu and Kevin, left The Rubber Band. It was almost like old times, with four former members of The Rubber Band now playing together, and the band being managed by Ray Lynn, also a former Rubber Band member. Ray had taken over management of The Rubber Band when Richard Debenham left. Ray eventually stopped playing himself, formed a music agency, Ray Lynn Enterprises and for many years successfully managed a large number of bands and other acts in clubs and other venues throughout NSW.


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Rockin' Horse c. 1976. L to R: John O'Dell, Ken Killen, Mayliu Currie, Kevin Currie, John Long.

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This photo was used on Rockin' Horse's 1976 Christmas Card. L to R standing, John O'Dell, Mayliu Currie, John Long. L to R seated in front row - Ken Killen, Kevin Currie.

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Rockin' Horse publicity photo. L to r: John Long (drums), Mayliu Currie (vocals), Mick Csapo (guitar), Barry Gathercole (guitar, vocals), Kevin Currie (bass guitar).

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Rockin' Horse relaxing. Rear l to r:Kevin Currie (bass guitar), John Long (drums). Front l to r: Mick Csapo (guitar), Mayliu Currie (vocals).

John Long can be rightly proud of his group Rockin' Horse, which had a successful run of 5 years before changes in the dance scene in Sydney and elsewhere made it difficult for groups like rockin' horse to survive.

After Rockin' Horse John Long worked with various bands including a year or two back with Cal Walker and his then band KIX, with residencies at several clubs & pubs in Sydney's inner west, before joining the band Shotgun in 1983.







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John Long, founder and leader of the band rockin' horse, performing with his band.

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Mick Csapo, who had designed and drawn The Rubber Band logo, also did the artwork for Rockin' Horse. His unforgettable image perfectly summed up the 'cool,' laid back feel of the band.