But the history of these musicians was far removed from the sound of Struck It Rich. In the early seventies, brothers John and Ed were key members of a pop and rock band with John playing drums and Ed playing bass guitar. They performed songs by the likes of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple, yet even then the strong vocal harmonies were apparent. In time the line up of this band changed and so too did its style of music. Rick Green, a new member of this band, was an enthusiastic Country Music fan and it was largely his influence that redirected the band towards country. Ed decided to switch from bass guitar to pedal steel guitar and quickly become an early pioneer of the instrument in the UK. Their success came to an end when Rick emigrated and John went to university. Ed then went on to join the Country Cousins and later, the Ned Porridge Country Band.
Meanwhile Sandie had moved from classical piano to develop her vocal and guitar talents in the pop, folk and country fields. Spotted by the Ned Porridge Band as their potential "secret weapon", she was invited to perform a regular short spot as part of their show. At about the same time, John, who was about to complete his university course, was invited to join as the new drummer. The vocal harmonies, the inclusion of a pedal steel guitar and the guest
appearance of a female vocalist all contributed to the Ned Porridge Country Band becoming legendary on the UK Country Music scene. It was during this time that Ed met Bev who
regularly attended their performances, and it wasn't long before Ed and Bev were married, as too were John and Sandie. Eventually the pressure of extensive travelling and heavy work commitments meant that John, Sandie, and Ed had to leave the band. Later John and Sandie went on to become key members of Obsons Choice and Ed freelanced with many other bands.