Born 1946 in Cardiff, Wales, spent eight years playing guitar in various local bands. until he formed a group with bassist John Williams and drummer Bob Jones called Love Sculpture, whose repertoire consisted of early rock standards and lightning-speed guitar adaptations of classical themes – one of which, Sabre Dance, was a Top Ten hit single on Parlophone in 1968.
It was the group’s only hit, however, and after they disbanded Edmunds signed with Gordon Mills’ management agency, then retired to Wales with Kingsley Ward to build his own recording studio. Rockfield.
Rockfield soon became one of the most active studios in Britain. with a distinctive ‘sound. that couldn’t be matched elsewhere. He spent months experimenting until he could produce exact replicas of his favourite records. from early Sun rockabillies to the most elaborate Phil Spector masterpieces.
The first product of his applied talents was I Hear You Knocking, an electrifying tribute to his Fifties idols that – was a worldwide smash on MAM towards the end of 1970. reaching No.1 in Britain and No.8 in America.
Among his productions have been records by the Flaming Groovies. Deke Leonard, Brinsley Schwarz, Ducks Deluxe. Shaking Stevens and the Sunsets and Del Shannon. In 1972 arid 1973. Edmunds released two singles on the Rockfield label glorifying the Phil Spector sound. Baby I Love You and Born To Be With you, which were Top Ten hits in Britain.
In 1974 he appeared in the David Essex film Stardust, incidentally creating all the music supposedly done by the Beatles-like group in the film. In 1975 he released (2).
(1) Rockpile (Regal Zonophone 1972)
(2) Subtle As a Flying Mallet ( Rockfield 1975)
(3) Get It (Atlantic 1977)