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 and Canada 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 Terry Comer had previously played with Warm Dust, and Alan "Bam" 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.
The group disbanded in July 1977, when Carrack, Comer and Byrne all joined Frankie Miller's backing band.
Links to Peel
Peel played tracks from Ace during the 70's including two sessions for his programmes. He even ranked their hit, How Long, at number 30 in his 1974 Top Fifty One Singles. After his death, it was found out that he had 3 of their albums in his Record Collection: A.
- 24 Hours / I Ain't Gonna Stand For This No More / Rock & Roll Runaway / I Know How It Feels
- Sail On My Brother / Get Ready / Ain't That Peculiar / Ain't Gonna Stand For This No More
Other Shows Played
- 11 January 1977: Crazy World (LP - No Strings) Anchor
- 04 October 1977: How Long (12" - Four Tracks From Ace) Anchor
- 27 July 1978: I Ain’t Going To Stand For This No More (7") Anchor