The history of British rock & roll of the 1960s is filled with the names of homegrown performers who, despite enjoying the favor of critics, music columnists, and club audiences, never managed to make a permanent mark on the record charts. Alan Bown was a case in point, a trumpet player who organized a series of bands -- principally known as the Alan Bown Set -- in the 1960s that got good reviews and attracted healthy live audiences, but which were never able to successfully transfer their club sound onto vinyl. Bown didn't start pursuing a professional music career until after having served a hitch in the Royal Air Force -- he organized his first band soon after returning to civilian life in the early '60s. At the time, there were several different types of music competing for attention in England, including homegrown rock & rollers, teen pop singers, trad jazz and soft jazz outfits, and folk groups of various sizes and shapes. Bown's instrument was the trumpet and his main interests were jazz and American rhythm & blues, and there was room for outfits of that sort at the time -- his first group made it to the performing mecca of Hamburg, Germany, playing at venues such as the Star-Club and crossing paths with the Beatles, Tony Sheridan, et al. He later joined the John Barry Seven during their stint backing Brenda Lee on a tour of Europe, and became a formal member of the studio version of the group, until it broke up in 1964 amid Barry's burgeoning career as a film composer.