In April 1984 Cammy Forbes set up a new band after the sudden split earlier that year of the hugely successful Glasgow band, The Dolphins. Effectively going solo he called his new band “David Forbes” changing his name to David (his middle name). The name change was (among other reasons) representative of a change in direction and a new era for Cammy who was still in his mid 20s, still had record company interest from The States and a publishing deal with Rondor Music.
David Forbes (the band) had Cammy on lead vocals, guitar and keyboards,
Davie Edgar (the original Dolphins drummer) on drums & backing vocals,
Brian McNeill on keyboards & vocals,
Scott Ramsey on Bass and
Eddie Walton jnr (ex Underhand Jones) on lead guitar.
Around ten Dolphins tracks carried over into the David Forbes set, classics such as… “Best Years of my youth” “Tonight” “Just another mother” and “Running”….which was originally an Underhand Jones track.
New songs were brought in… “Save our sons” “Runaway girls” “Towels and razors” “Walk away” “Run against the tide" and more...
David Forbes music was clever, melodic rock, similar to The Dolphins but some of the new tracks had a heavier slightly edgier guitar sound, add to that mix… classically trained Brian McNeill who showed amazing dexterity and speed on keyboards on tracks like “Let the reasons be known” and “Me and no one else” and drummer Davie Edgar who was one of the most talented and accomplished drummers in Glasgow from that era.
Most of the crowd who had followed The Dolphins went on to follow David Forbes with the band playing in front of thousands at The Mayfair and the late night gig at Kelvingrove on Glasgow Fair Friday 1984, other venues the band played were “The Doune” on the Clydeside, “Shadows” on West Reagent street, The Kelvingrove Festivals in 84 and 85 as well as gigs all around Scotland.
In February 1985 Robert McGinley took over on keyboards replacing Brian McNeill. Brian left David Forbes to join China Crisis, he played keyboards on the next two China Crisis albums, “What Price Paradise” (1986) and “Diary of a Hollow Horse” (1989) as well as a couple of CC Live albums, he was also involved in the writing, string arrangements and production with
The David Forbes band split up in August 1985 when Cammy suddenly decided to quit the band just as they were about to take the gear off of the bus at a gig in Shadows…
Quote from 2007 Interview
..."I've been round this block so many times, in fact I thought I caught myself coming out of a gig when I was going into it! you know that sort of thing? So I decided then to pack the band in."
1987 Rondor music were still showing interest in Cammy’s material so he moved to London living in a house
provided by Rondor Music owner Gerry Bron, He started recording tracks for an album at The Roundhouse studios in London, one notable track from those sessions was the song “Loser in love” a distinctively new sound for Cammy with thick multy track backing vocals assisted vocally by his mates from the Stoke based band “Mad Hatter”.
Unfortunately the Rondor deal fell through and Cammy Moved back to Glasgow in 1988.
Brian McNeill carried on playing gigs with China Crisis into the 90s and now runs a recording studio called
Scott Ramsey is now working as the musical director for Glasgow comedian Gary Moir.
Davie Edgar went on to play drums in the last line up of "H20" in 1986, and is still playing and involved with the live scene in Glasgow today.
Apart from a brief couple of charity gigs in 1993 Cammy Forbes retired from the music scene never to perform live again aged just 28.
In 1989 He started up P.A hire business with his brother Kieth (Ski) called
where he still works as a sound Engineer to this day.
Cammy and the lads from The Dolphins got together again to play live in 2012 check out the link below