Bigger than the Beatles! Rare single from obscure Scottish 1970s heavy metal band more valuable than classics from the Fab Four

  • Glory Hunter's four members pooled resources to record debut single Thoughts of Destiny in 1979
  • But the band, from Livingston, West Lothian, split up weeks later 
  • Now record from run of 1,000 are changing hands for more than £1,000
  • Outstripping classics by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen 


Kenny Hanlon 1979
Kenny Hanlon now

They were an obscure, short-lived 1970s rock band whose only achievement was an undistinguished second place in a Perth talent contest.

But now, 35 years after they split up, a single recorded by Scots group Glory Hunter has become one of the world’s most sought-after records, with copies changing hands for more than £1,000.

Back in 1979, the four members of the outfit from Livingston, West Lothian, pooled their resources to record debut single Thoughts of Destiny but they split up only weeks later.

One copy fetched £1,090 on eBay in 2011 and another is the most valuable single listed on collectors’ site [sister co. to], its £895 price tag outstripping classics by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and Bruce Springsteen.

Grandfather and father-of-five Mr Hanlon, 59, said yesterday: ‘I suppose I should be chuffed, but to be honest I’m more mystified.

‘I’ve absolutely no idea why a single by an unknown band from Scotland that fell apart a few weeks after recording their only single should be so valuable.

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