The follow-up, " Hungry For Love ", was also written by Mills and broke into the top twenty during the autumn, fending off a competing EP version by The Searchers. According to Mick Green , this single was issued to test the waters whether Kidd and the Pirates could be split into two successful acts. In , the Pirates added organist Vic Cooper to their line-up. Kramer and the Dakotas. The Tornadoes were on the same bill in Blackpool, so their guitarist Stuart Taylor filled in until Kidd found John Weider , a fan of Green's, to come aboard.
Eventually the group parted company with Kidd. Johnny Spence, Frank Farley and guitarist Jon Morshead who replaced Weider continued as The Pirates keeping the name with Kidd's blessing and recorded one single, "Shades of Blue" for Polydor before a lack of success calling it a day in mid Kidd, meanwhile, kept recording and gigging with an anonymous group of backing musicians.
In , one of the anonymous musicians, organist Ray Soaper  contacted some mates. With his newly-christened "New Pirates" necessarily distinguishing them from the other "Pirates" , a revitalised Kidd worked towards a comeback to the point he spoke about the possibility of recording a new album. On returning from a cancelled gig at the Imperial in Bolton , he was killed in a car accident near Bury, Lancashire , on 7 October , with companion Nick Simper being injured.
The group had a new single. This line-up of the Pirates with John Kerrison replacing Truth at late notice carried on in tribute once Simper had recovered, though there were no further recordings. As the pop scene changed and bookings became harder to obtain, the group split in May The best-known line-up of the Pirates, and also the only line-up ever given Johnny Kidd's blessing to retain and to record under the name "The Pirates" Mick Green, Johnny Spence and Frank Farley reformed in The front cover artwork featured a stylized skull in a helmet that resembled that of the Star Wars character, Darth Vader and a rear cover that jokingly claimed that Skull Wars was "The record they didn't dare make into a movie".
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