called Nick and the Nomads, and then becoming Nix Nomads, they were a R & B band from
Ipswich who were formed by Keith Wymer in the early sixties. Influenced by
the developing British R & B scene in London, which came to Ipswich via
Ipswich Bluesville, the band cut their musical teeth at small gigs in
venues in Ipswich such as 'Victor Sylvesters' (a dance hall which was above
the Gaumont Cinema - now the Regent) and also in village halls mainly around
Suffolk and Essex.
They attracted a devoted mod following and released one
single, ‘You're Nobody (Till Somebody Loves You)/She'll Be Sweeter Than
You’, which is now very sought-after by R&B collectors. The 'A' side was a
reasonable cover of the Ray Charles song, but the bluesy 'B' side was
better. Keith Wymer then joined The Fairies in 1965, for one single
release, before forming St. Willy Cool School. He was briefly part of an
embryonic "post Van Morrison" Them following that band's acrimonious break
up after Morrison's departure.
broke up the band members went their various ways. John "Twink" Alder went on to enjoy an
often controversial career with Tomorrow, The Pretty Things and The Pink
Fairies; Dane Stephens (real name Dougie Orde) joined Cops 'n' Robbers as
their vocalist; Mick Weaver went on to play for several seventies bands and
John Gandy was later in Bluesology.