FP100 Fife bands 45. Marshmallow 400

Manny Charlton of Marshmallow 400
Manny Charlton of Marshmallow 400

The 1960s are packed with bands which formed and then split within a short timescale - but still found time to make their mark, albeit perhaps for the way they split!

The name Marshmallow 400 might well be a footnote in the Kingdom’s music history, but it’s worth recording - and not just because of the band’s cool name.

The line-up included one Manny Charlton (pictured) who went on to be part of Nazareth – the greatest rock band to emerge from west Fife.

Charlton’s music CV also included spells with Mike Satan and The Hellcats, and, of course, The Shadettes.

Together with Colin Bates (keyboards), Alex Smith (sax), Gerry MacPherson (bass), and drummer Tommy Wallace he played as part of the Marshmallow 400 who became a brief fixture on the west Fife music scene which revolved around venues such as the Kinema.

According to the kinemagigz.com website, their residency at the famous ballroom ended on New Year’s Day 1968 when their keyboard player struck up ‘The Sash’ to entertain a few busloads of Glasgwegians in the crowd.

‘‘Mayhem ensued’’ the website reports.

Perhaps not surprisingly, Marshmallow 400 split soon after, but Charlton’s own career had much further to travel ...