In 1969, american singer John Walker of the Waker Brothers fame, toured in England, and was accompanied by four young british musicians, these were on keyboards Brian Chatton, who played with The Warriors - whose singer was Jon Anderson -, on guitar and bass guitar Gordon "Flash" Smith, on bass and guitar Ronnie Caryl and on drums, Phil Collins. After the tour, they decided to go on together, found a name for their band, Hickory, and they recorded a single in 1969, Green Light/The Key. And then they met two authors-songwrites, Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley, who were looking for a band to record an album they were working on, so they changed their name and became Flaming Youth. The group released the album, Ark 2, in 1969. In November of that same year, the British music magazine, NME, reported that the concept album was the subject of an hour-long television special, which the group had filmed in the Netherlands. The LP was released on the Fontana Records in the UK to some critical but no commercial success. There was also a follow-up single recorded, "Man, Woman, and Child". After the excitement droped, the band couldn't find any gig to play, they even added a new member to the band, organist Rod Mayall, John Mayall's brother, but it didn't work too much, so they broke up.