After Rachel Welbeck’s 60th Birthday party and the mini-set performed by the Welbeck Group there, things moved on quickly. Ralph Power and Robby Welbeck worked together to get financing for the documentary of the Group, called simply “Welbeck”. They assembled the live material, shot interviews, and even managed to get Rick Stein to be interviewed- although a lot of it ended up on the cutting-room floor because of his swearing and ranting. It was clear he had problems in the head department. The film was given a limited cinema release at independent cinemas such as the Ritzy in Brixton South London, and the new cinema recently opened in Crystal Palace, where the Welbeck Brothers had bought a converted Church for Rachel Welbeck to live in, with impressive views over London:

In the meantime, Colin Cornell and Danny Welbeck continued writing songs, and it was clear that Danny had lost none of his skill, verve and panache. A comeback single was released with Robby Welbeck doing the accompanying video.  It was called “Thankyou” and was a homage to Jess Welbeck, their inspiration. The B-side was a song by an unknown composer called Colin Howton, called “Hey hey Susan” that the boys had picked up, re-worked and made into an achingly lovely song to a strange relationship that survived against all the odds. The single charted, reaching number 7, and doing even better in Europe. But by a stroke of luck, the single went to number one in America. A mover and shaker in the wind power industry wanted some music to accompany a television and cinema advert for his investment into wind farms in Iceland, and Ireland. “Thankyou” opened with some lovely simulated wind sounds and tinkling bells from Colin (using Robby’s Moog series 1 synth) and then developed into harmonies over a regular slow sweeping beat. The Wind Power company made their advert with the wind sails of a wind turbine rotating on a beautiful Irish landscape synchronised with the music beat.

A still from the TV advert that help sell the Welbeck Group’s comeback single “Thankyou”

It was taken up by US TV stations, and within a week of the ads being screened there, the public demanded that the record be released there. It was, and got to number one, achieving double platinum sales.

The combination of the single, and the very good critical reception of the film “Welbeck”, gave added impetus to a third album. This turned out to be “Phoenix Soars” and was the Welbeck Group’s bestselling album. Using an image of a Phoenix on the album sleeve, subsequently developed and simplified into the Welbeck Group’s instantly recognisable logo, the album pleased old fans and new fans alike.

Welbeck Group Logo

A worldwide tour is scheduled, and writing for a fourth album has started. Danny Welbeck says

“I feel as though I have so much time to make up for, as soon as possible. I am bursting with new ideas and songs, and now Robby, my younger brother has joined me and Colin in songwriting, we have a pool of great talent.”

We’ll let Rick “Rocket” Stein, now a farmer in the States, have the last word:

“If the Welbeck Group breaks America I’ll eat my (one and only remaining) WowVision 3D screen, and all the 30 thousand 3D glasses I have at the back of my barn in Ohio!”

 

The infamous headache-cancelling Rick Rocket Stein glasses used at Welbeck WowVision 3D screen gigs. 30,000 available to highest bidder!

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