ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Ace: The Short Legacy

Updated on August 11, 2016


Formed in early 1973 by britishers Alan " Bam" King and Phil Harris (Rhythm guitar and vocals), Ace was known at first as "Ace Flash and The Dynamos" and later shortened to Ace once Paul Carrack (Keyboard and Vocals), Terry "Tex" Comer (Bass) and Steve Witherington (Drums) joined. Witherington was replaced in '74 with Fran Bryan from Dublin, Ireland who played in the band "Bees Make Honey". Ace established their reputation on small clubs in London and eventually signed with Anchor Records.



In the summer of '74, Ace started recording their first album, Five-A-Side. The pop rock debut was produced by John Anthony and consists of ten tracks. The album only had one hit, How Long. How Long reached the charts in the U.K and reached No.3 in the United States. How Long is a soft rock chant about Carrack wanting to leave the band yet still stayed with his bandmates for another two albums. Other tracks featured are "Sniffin' About", "Rock and Roll Runaway", "The Real Feeling", "Time Ain't Long" and many more. What's fascinating about Five-A-Side is that every track is just listenable, every track doesn't have the same groove but it teases the listener with fundamentals of rock, country and even blues.

The tracks were primarily written by Paul Carrack except for "Sniffin' About" and "Rock n Rock Runaway" in which credits were given to the whole band. "Rock n Roll Runaway" was the second single of the record but failed to become a hit and only reached #73 on the Billboard 100. Despite failing the charts, Five-A-Side proves that its an polished uplifting old time rock n roll record with sturdy tracks and enjoyable grooves just enough to distinguish themselves as Ace.

Time For Another

With Time For Another as Ace's sophomore album, the band leaves it's grooves and becomes more of a blues act. Consisting of ten tracks like its debut, the record had no hits and failed to consolidate the adequate success of Five-A-Side. Around '76 Ace toured the U.K with Yes and as well moved to Los Angeles. John Woodhead replaced Phil Harris on lead guitar and vocals. The record received unenthusiastic interest but tracks like "I'm a Man", "You Can't Loose" and "Does It Hurt You" makes it a restful album yet again listenable throughout its entirely.

No Strings

Still playing soft rock and still no big hit, No Strings released in '77 shows off Carrack's laid back songwiting and easy listening melodies. The last studio record is as smooth and assorted as it can get, repetitive lyrical content and no major guitar performance. Even though Carrack is the main focus in this record, the band shows intense chemistry for their last rock n roll tunes.


Ace disbanded in mid '77 when Paul Carrack, Terry Corner and Fran Bryne joined the Frankie Miller Band.

Out of the quintet, Paul Carrack was the most successful playing with Eric Clapton, Roger Waters, Roxy Music, Squeeze and being the lead vocalist for Mike + The Mechanics.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)