The Flying Saucers were formed in 1972 by bassist Pete Pritchard, drummer Terry Earl, guitarist Chris Townsend, and Rhythm guitarist/ vocalist Alan Jones. Jones and Townsend left the group in 1975 and were replaced by guitarist Nigel "Niggsy" Owen and vocalist Sandy Ford, who remained with the group. Jacko Buddin on saxophone was also added to the line up around this time.
With help from a renewed interest in Rockabilly music and The British subculture movement known as Teddy Boy, The Flying Saucers earned recording contracts with EMI Music, and toured Europe including Eindhoven, and often used Photo's of the Eindhoven Evoluon as their flying saucer.
Since mid 2000 Sandy acts together with his wife Yvonne as bass player.
The Flying Saucers are best known for performing in the back of a truck during the 1976 Teddy Boy March in London. This march was part of a successful plan to promote the airplay of rockabilly music on BBC national Radio One.
The 1976 Teddy Boy March is often credited as the spark which ignited the Rockabilly revival and explosion in popularity of younger rockabilly acts such as Stray Cats and The Blasters during the early 1980s.
Also the Flying Saucers appeared in the film Blue Suede Shoes. After numerous personnel changes, The Flying Saucers disbanded during the mid 1980s.
During his early years, Ford performed on a local level in various Rockabilly and country music bands. He moved to Barnet, Hertfordshire, England and formed a Pub rock group before joining The Flying Saucers as lead vocalist, in 1975.
Ford completed the most famous lineup of the group, which featured bassist Pete Pritchard, drummer Terry Earl, guitarist Nigel "Nigsy" Owen and saxophonist Jacko Buddin. With help from a renewed interest in Rockabilly music and The British subculture movement known as Teddy Boy, The Flying Saucers toured the width and breadth of Europe and earned major label recording contracts with EMI Music.
1976: Planet Of The Drapes (Nevis)
1977: Rock & Roll Graffiti House (Japan release)
1977: Diana and Other Hits from The Sixties' (Muza) Poland release
1978: Keep On Coming (Alaska)
1981: Some Like It Hot (EMI)
1982: Flying Tonight (EMI)
1983: Live At The Pickett's Lock (Charly)
- Pete Pritchard : Bass
- Terry Earl : Drums
- Nigel "Nigsy" Owen : Guitar
- Jacko Buddin : Saxophone
- Sandy Ford : Vocals