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Mark Haley

Keyboards, Vocals

Mark Haley was born in Portsmouth, England into a musical family and learnt classical piano at the age of 5. He swiftly discovered Top Of The Pops and recalls watching the Kinks performing Apeman.

He began playing in bands while still at school then went straight into the music business after taking his exams.  Best known for his 5 year stint as keyboardist with the Kinks, Mark's first lucky break came when invited to record and tour with the legendary Billy Fury which opened the door to a succession of opportunities with many established artists.  His live gig resume includes touring with, amongst others, Bert Weedon, Eden Kane, PJ Proby, Denny Laine, Jet Harris, Billie Davis, and, most notably, on the Monkees hugely successful reunion tours (which was where Mark was 'spotted' by the Kinks lighting engineer James 'Desperate' Dan).

Mark was also active on the recording session circuit during the 80's and can be heard providing the Drive My Car piano part on the # 1 Stars On 45 hit.  He also has the distinction of co-writing the song Don't Answer (with Junior Campbell), one of the very few sung by Hank Marvin.

At the turn of the Millennium, Mark accepted an offer to join 70's chart toppers the Rubettes with whom he has toured constantly ever since for huge crowds on the nostalgia circuit all over Europe... occasionally bumping into Mick Avory (at the London Palladium) and Jim Rodford (a couple of times in Germany).

Mark had planned to attend the 2009 Kinks Fan Club Konvention but was delayed circling above Heathrow Airport for over an hour. By the time the plane landed he couldn't get to the venue in time and missed all the fun. In 2010 and 2011 he actually made it to the Konvention. He also performed at the 2011 Dutch Kinks Fan meeting.

In 2019 he became a permanent member of the Kast Off Kinks

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