High Society was initially built around Richard Hudson, John Ford and Terry Cassidy. Allegedly, the three were sitting around one rainy afternoon, supposedly writing Monks material, when one came up with the 30s-style "I Never Go Out In The Rain". A rich seam of songwriting was unlocked and the boys had found yet another genre to exploit.
Their one album was released on LP and cassette (pictured below) by Stately Home Records/Fazz Music, and also features Brian Willoughby (guitars), Chris Parren (keyboards) and Jenny Ford (lead/backing vcls). Hud plays drums and bass, while John has moved over to acoustic guitar; Terry takes most of the vocals and demonstrates his prowess on clarinet. The album features specially-written Hudson/Ford/Cassidy material with a 1930s feel. It was re-issued on CD in 1997 with extra bonus tracks.
In 2001, Hud and Terry recruited bass player Nigel Portman-Smith (ex Pentangle) and guitarist Simon Bishop and High Society was revived. They have continued to hone their performance to a tee, replacing Portman-Smith with Dickey Baldwin in late 2003, but have yet to make a much-deserved public breakthrough, though they continue to have a steady trade in private shows. New songs "Down By The River" (aka "Millenium Dome") and the cheeky "Saddam's Armpit" - full of Eastern promise! - are both crowd pleasers at their gigs.
2009 sees the release of the album, I Never Go Out In The Rain on Angel Air Records.
Their first single was a minor chart hit, reaching number 53 in 1980, but the second failed to move, prompting the band to go back to the Monks format later that year.
High Society website at www.highsocietyband.co.uk .