1966 TO PRESENT
1966 saw several changes in personnel with Phil, Ian and Mally the only constant members of the band. After a couple of false starts they settled down for a time with Phil Munro as singer and Dougie Hughes on rhythm guitar. This line-up started to generate excitement once more and, with the band now semi-professional, they concentrated mostly in the local area again, this time paying more attention to Liverpool. The Prowlers became particularly popular at the Cavern playing there week after week during 1966 & 1967, confirming them as Cavern regulars and later acknowledged with a “Prowlers” brick in the Cavern pub “Wall of Fame” opposite. Their name also joins some others recorded for posterity on the wall at the back of the new Cavern’s stage.
Another demo was made with Cadillac on the A side and Motor Car on the reverse, written by new manager Max Wilson. The Prowlers were told initially that Decca was going to sign the band and release Cadillac but at the last minute there was a change of heart due to some disagreement within Decca, a bitter blow for the band.
Even though it wasn’t released commercially, Cadillac was heard hundreds of times on pirate station Radio Caroline as it was used for months as the soundtrack for the Cavern’s adverts. Frustration set in once more in 1967 and Dougie left the band. At this point the remaining Prowlers decided that they had come to the end of the road and they finally disbanded.
Ian, Mally and Phil joined forces again in the late 80s in Out of the Blues a six-piece blues band with ex Roadrunner John Peacock on keyboards, Jack Curtis on sax and Paul Curtis, vocals. This band played the local area for over 4 years. Ian has played bass in numerous other local bands since the 60s.
Even keen Prowlers’ fans probably don’t know that Lewis Collins (Bodie in hit TV show The Professionals) was a very early but temporary member of the band. It was an arrangement to give Lewis some experience of playing in a band with the idea of forming one of his own.
Drummer Mally Coram emigrated to Australia in 2005 after retiring from his job as a music teacher. He died in February 2008 just after setting up a commercial recording studio and shortly after a Christmas trip to the UK to visit friends and family. It was the last time Phil and Ian were to see their old friend.
Phil Norman is currently guitarist/arranger/producer of hobby band Upturned Collar, predominately a recording duo who occasionally play a live (charity) gig for which they add bass player Phil Sharrock and drummer Jim Sharrock. Their recording of Just Some Girl by Nashville songwriter Phil Lee was the most requested and played single on Radio Merseyside in 2004/5. Their records and the occasional live set are heard regularly on local radio.
Dave Stanton formed the Agogo Set after leaving the Prowlers in 1965, a soul band featuring organ and two saxes. He disbanded it before the band played any gigs.
Phil, Ian and Dave keep in touch but they lost track of singer Alan Davies a long time ago. It is thought that he might be living in Denmark and they’d love to make see him again if anyone knows how to contact him.