|Ace Flash and the Dynamos|
|Genres||Pub rock, pop rock, soft rock|
|The Action, Mighty Baby, Warm Dust, Squeeze|
Terry "Tex" Comer
Alan "Bam" King
Ace were a British rock band, who enjoyed moderate success in the 1970s. Their membership included Paul Carrack, who later became famous as the co-lead vocalist of Mike + The Mechanics and as a solo artist. Ace are best known for their hit single "How Long", which was a top 20 single in the United Kingdom in 1974, and reached no. 3 in the United States in 1975.
The band was formed in December 1972 in Sheffield as "Ace Flash and the Dynamos", but the name was soon abbreviated to "Ace". The members were assembled from various professional bands. Carrack and Comer had previously played with Warm Dust, and King with Mighty Baby, whose antecedents were the 1960s band The Action. Ace were popular on the pub rock circuit. Their music was a fusion of pop and funk .
Before the recording of their debut album, Five-A-Side, the former drummer of Bees Make Honey, Fran Byrne, replaced Steve Witherington. The single "How Long" was taken from this record, and was a significant chart success, achieving a Top 20 place in the UK Singles Chart, and reaching number three in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in the spring of 1975. The Five-A-Side album did well on its own, too, peaking at number 11 on the Billboard 200. Carrack, the band's keyboardist and chief songwriter, sang lead on "How Long", but was not the band's only vocalist. Follow-up singles were sung by other band members.
Ace eventually moved to the United States, and replaced Phil Harris with Jon Woodhead in June 1976, releasing their third and final album No Strings in January 1977. Unlike earlier Ace LPs, this album featured an emphasis on Carrack's vocals, and the two singles issued from the album both featured Carrack as lead singer. The singles, however, didn't chart and the group disbanded in July 1977, when Carrack, Comer and Byrne all joined Frankie Miller's backing band.
In addition to his solo career, Carrack has since played in Eric Clapton's band, Roger Waters' The Bleeding Heart Band, Roxy Music for the Manifesto album and tour, Squeeze in the early 1980s, and Mike + The Mechanics, for which he is best known. His solo re-recording of "How Long" became a UK Top 40 hit again in 1996.
|1975||Time for Another||153||--||Anchor Records|
|1977||No Strings||170||--||Anchor Records|
|Year||Title||Peak chart positions||Record Label||B-side||Album|
|1974||"How Long"||3||24||3||20||Anchor Records||"Sniffin' About"||Five-A-Side|
|1975||"I Ain't Gonna Stand for This No More"||--||--||--||51||Anchor Records||"Rock & Roll Runaway"||Time for Another|
|"Rock & Roll Runaway"||71||--||--||--||Anchor Records||"I Ain't Gonna Stand for This No More" (A-Side)||Five-A-Side|
|"No Future in Your Eyes"||--||--||--||--||Anchor Records||"I'm a Man"||Time for Another|
|1977||"You're All That I Need"||--||--||--||--||Anchor Records||"Crazy World"||No Strings|
|"Found Out the Hard Way"||--||--||--||--||Anchor Records||"Why Did You Leave Me"|