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The Flying Hat Band
Origin England
Genres Hard rock
Years active1971–1974
Labels Vertigo
Past members Glenn Tipton
Trevor Foster
Andy Wheeler
Pete Hughes
Frank Walker
Peter "Mars" Cowling
Steve Palmer

The Flying Hat Band were an early 1970s Birmingham, England hard rock act that, alongside Judas Priest, ranked as the Midlands' favourites to succeed. [1] Despite not having released an album, the band proved a successful club act and eventually went on to support Deep Purple on one of their European tours.

The band folded in April 1974 following Glenn Tipton's departure to become co- guitarist in Judas Priest, who at the time had just signed their first record deal with Gull Records. Peter "Mars" Cowling joined Canadian rocker Pat Travers in 1975, and was part of Travers' band for several years. Trevor Foster joined folk rock group The Albion Band and Little Johnny England.


Final lineup
Former members
  • Trevor Foster - drums
  • Andy Wheeler - bass
  • Pete Hughes - vocals
  • Steve Burton - vocals
  • Frank Walker - bass guitar
  • Dave Shelton - bass and guitars


Signed to Vertigo, in 1973 the trio recorded a studio album which was never released.

In 1992, small German label SPM International released a split CD entitled "Buried Together", featuring Scottish rock band Iron Claw (erroneously labelled as Antrobus) alongside four Flying Hat Band demo tracks, dated back to 1973.

Those tracks are:

  • Seventh Plain - 2:55
  • Coming Of The Lords - 6:46
  • Reaching For The Stars - 4:36
  • Lost Time - 2:39


Drummer Steve Palmer is the brother of Carl Palmer ( Emerson, Lake & Palmer).

Original members Dave Shelton and Pete Hughes were also in Tipton's earlier bands Merlin and Shave'Em Dry, the latter with future Starfighters and Ozzy Osbourne drummer Barry Scrannage. [2]


  1. ^ "Rockdetector page on the Flying hat Band". Retrieved 8 November 2006.
  2. ^ "Ozzy rock memorabilia up for auction". Retrieved 2 March 2019.

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