Colosseum

Colosseum was an English brass-rock band that released the 1969 albums Those Who Are About to Die Salute You (Fontana) and Valentyne Suite (Vertigo). They were led by drummer Jon Hiseman and reedist Dick Heckstall-Smith, fellow travelers in the Graham Bond Organization and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. As an instigator of pop’s shift into maximalism, they […]

Easy Street

Easy Street was an English pop-rock trio that issued two albums on Polydor/Capricorn: Easy Street (1976) and Under the Glass (1977). They evolved from a musical partnership between singing guitarists Ken Nicol and Peter Marsh, who bookended Easy Street with two albums as a duo. Marsh surfaced in the synthpop band Blanket of Secrecy. Drummer […]

Byzantium

Byzantium was an English rustic-rock band that released the 1972/73 albums Byzantium and Seasons Changing on A&M, followed by a self-issued demos album. They were formed and managed by ex-Ora songwriter and frontman Jamie Rubinstein. Guitarist/singer Chas Jankel later served as the keyboardist and musical director of Ian Dury and the Blockheads and issued a […]

Gryphon

Gryphon was an English Elizabethan symphonic folk and rock band that released four albums on Transatlantic, including the popular 1974 titles Midnight Mushrumps and Red Queen to Gryphon Three. With a revised lineup, they switched to Harvest for the 1977 album Treason. Members: Richard Harvey (keyboards, woodwinds, mandolin), Brian Gulland ([renaissance] winds, bassoon, keyboards, vocals), […]

Westwind

Westwind was an English folk trio that released the album Love Is… on the Penny Farthing label in 1970. Members: Chris Stowell, Nick Storey, Sarah Dyson The Band Westwind consisted of singer-songwriters Chris Stowell, Nick Storey, and Sarah Dyson. Their light harmonies and arrangements drew from soft ’60s folk-pop à la Gale Garnett, The Seekers, […]

Wild Turkey

Wild Turkey was an English progressive hard-rock band that released the album Battle Hymn on Chrysalis in 1971, followed by Turkey in 1972. The band was formed by Jethro Tull‘s original bassist Glenn Cornick, who subsequently joined German rockers Karthago and later played in the stateside trio Paris. Members: Glenn Cornick (bass, 1971-74, 1995-97, 2006-14), […]

Agincourt / Ithaca

Agincourt was the first group project of English musicians Peter Howell and John Ferdinando, who started with a pair of home-recorded soundtracks for the local production Alice Through the Looking Glass and the amateur film Tomorrow Come Someday (both 1969). In 1970, they teamed with singer Lee Menelaus in the folk-psych trio Agincourt and recorded […]

Skip Bifferty

Skip Bifferty was an English pop-psych band from Newcastle that released three singles on RCA, culminating with a popular 1968 self-titled album. They moonlighted as Heavy Jelly for the 1969 Island single “I Keep Singing That Same Old Song,” a record-breaker for longest a-side. Select members also recorded with Every Which Way, ARC, and Glencoe. […]

Forest

Forest was an English folk-rock/psych trio that released the 1969/70 albums Forest and The Full Circle. Both albums — along with the music of numerous “acid folk” contemporaries (Trees, Synanthesia, Fresh Maggots, Fuchsia, Dr. Strangely Strange, Jan Dukes de Grey, Tea and Symphony, Tír na nÓg) — gained newfound popularity during the 21st century. Members: […]

Pete Brown & Piblokto!

Pete Brown & Piblokto! were an English post-psych band that released two albums on Harvest in 1970: Things May Come and Things May Go, but the Art School Dance Goes on Forever and Thousands on a Raft. Brown fronted the Battered Ornaments on their first of two 1969 albums and served as lyricist for Jack […]

Steamhammer

Steamhammer was an English blues-rock band that released the 1969/70 albums Steamhammer (aka Reflection), MK II, and Mountains. Guitarist Martin Pugh assembled a new lineup for the 1972 release Speech on the German Brain label, featuring original Renaissance members Keith Relf and Louis Cennamo, who regrouped with Pugh in the 1975 A&M one-off Armageddon. Members: […]

Quiet Sun

Quiet Sun was an English jazz-rock band from London, initially active circa 1970/71 and briefly reactivated in 1975 by guitarist Phil Manzanera during a break from his main act, Roxy Music. Their singular album, Mainstream, appeared that year on Island/Antilles. Drummer/vocalist Charles Hayward subsequently formed the experimental trio This Heat and later headed Camberwell Now. […]

Flash

Flash was an English symphonic/hard-rock band on Capitol’s Sovereign imprint that released three albums: Flash, In the Can (both 1972), and Out of Our Hands (1973). Guitarist Peter Banks was a co-founder of Yes, appearing on the albums Yes (1969) and Time and a Word (1970). Members: Colin Carter (lead vocals), Ray Bennett (bass, guitar, […]

U.K.

U.K. was an English symphonic-rock supergroup that released a self-titled album on Polydor as a four-piece in 1978, followed by the album Danger Money under a revised trio lineup in 1979. The original quartet featured the established talents of bassist/vocalist John Wetton (Mogul Thrash, King Crimson, Uriah Heep), guitarist Allan Holdsworth (Tempest, Soft Machine), keyboardist/violist […]

T2

T2 was an English hard-rock/psych trio from London that released the album It’ll All Work Out in Boomland on Decca in 1970. The band evolved out of Bulldog Breed, in which bassist Bernie Jinks played on the album Made In England prior to the arrival of guitarist Keith Cross and drummer/vocalist Pete Dunton. In 1972, […]

Gracious

Gracious was an English symphonic/art-rock band that released a self-titled album on Vertigo in 1970, followed by This is…Gracious!! on Phillips in 1971. Each album contained one multi-movement sidelong suite and four short-to-medium-length songs and instrumentals. The band had already split by the time their second album hit the shelves. Drummer Tim Wheatley later surfaced […]

Fusion Orchestra

Fusion Orchestra was an English symphonic/art-rock-soul band that released the album Skeleton in Armour in 1973 on EMI. Members: Dave Bell (drums), Mick Sluman (bass, 1969-71), Dave Cowell (bass, harmonica, 1971-73), Paul Jennings (bass, 1973-75), Colin Dawson (guitar), Stan Land (guitar, synthesizer, percussion, horns), Jill Saward (guitar, synthesizer, flute, vocals) Background They sprung from a […]

Manfred Mann Chapter Three

Manfred Mann Chapter Three was an English jazz-rock/psych band that released two albums on Vertigo: Manfred Mann Chapter Three (1969) and Volume Two (1970). They were a followup to keyboardist Manfred Mann’s namesake R&B/beat combo of the 1960s. He followed this project with the Earth Band for a 13-album run between 1972 and 1987. Members: […]

Magazine

Magazine was an English rock band led by original Buzzcocks frontman Howard Devoto. They debuted with the 1978 Virgin single “Shot by Both Sides,” followed by the albums Real Life, Secondhand Daylight, and The Correct Use of Soap. The band’s instrumentalists — guitarist John McGeoch, bassist Barry Adamson, and keyboardist Dave Formula — were also […]

Egg

Egg was an English jazz-psych trio that released the 1970/71 Deram albums Egg and The Polite Force. After keyboardist Dave Stewart signed to Virgin with Hatfield and the North, he reunited Egg for the 1974 album The Civil Surface. Stewart later played in National Health and Bruford. Members: Dave Stewart (organ, piano, keyboards, synthesizer), Mont […]

The Greatest Show on Earth

The Greatest Show on Earth was an English brass-rock band that released the albums Horizons and The Going’s Easy on Harvest in 1970. All eight members initially grouped in the Ossie Laine Show, an R&B covers band that cut an album for the Spanish market. Bassist Norman Watt-Roy later surfaced in Ian Dury’s Blockheads. Members: […]

Trifle

Trifle was an English brass-rock/funk band that released a standalone single on United Artists in 1969, followed by the album First Meeting on Dawn in 1970. Trumpeter Dick Cuthell became an in-demand sessionist in the years that followed, appearing on albums by Nasty Pop, Burning Spear, Delroy Washington, XTC, The Specials, Chaz Jankel, Linton Kwesi […]

Trees

Trees were an English folk-rock/psych band from London that released the album The Garden of Jane Delawney on CBS in 1970, followed by On the Shore in 1971. Along with the works of like-minded contemporaries (Forest, Spirogyra, Fuschia, Trader Horne, Dr. Strangely Strange, Jan Dukes de Grey), Trees catalog gained newfound respect during the 21st […]

Heaven

Heaven was an English brass-rock band that played the 1969 and 1970 Isle of Wight festivals. In 1971, they made the double-album Brass Rock 1, released on CBS in a lavish six-fold sleeve. It features the talents of trombonist David Horler (Michael Gibbs, Garuda, Peter Herbolzheimer Rhythm Combination & Brass, Kenny Wheeler Big Band) and […]

Aardvark

Aardvark was an English post-psych organ rock band from the Midlands that released a self-titled album on Deram in 1970. Members: Stan Aldous (bass), Frank Clark (drums), Steve Milliner (Hammond, recorder, vibraphone), Dave Skillin (vocals) Background Aardvark had its roots in psych-rockers Rusty Sunday, which featured bassist Stan Aldous (ex-Odyssey) and teenage drummer Frank Clark. […]

Gun

Gun was an English psych-rock band from Redbridge that released two albums on CBS/Epic between 1968 and 1969. The guitar/bass/vocal team of brothers Paul and Adrian Gurvitz subsequently co-led the band Three Man Army and its followup The Baker Gurvitz Army during the early-to-mid 1970s. Members: Paul Curtis [Paul Gurvitz] (guitar, bass, vocals), Gearie Kenworthy […]

Bruford

Bruford was an English jazz-rock supergroup that released four albums on Polydor/EG between 1978 and 1980. The band was headed by ex-Yes drummer Bill Bruford and featured former Tempest/Soft Machine guitarist Allan Holdsworth and one-time Egg/Hatfield keyboardist Dave Stewart. The supergroup’s first album, Feels Good to Me, was recorded amid Bruford and Holdsworth’s involvement in […]

Sharks

Sharks were an English hard-rock band that released the 1973–74 Island albums First Water and Jab It in Yore Eye. Guitarist Chris Spedding formed the band with ex-Free bassist Andy Fraser, who went solo after the first album. Singer Steve Parsons later joined Baker Gurvitz Army and recorded under the moniker Snips. Members: Andy Fraser […]

Catapilla

Catapilla was an English jazz-rock/psych band that released two albums on the Vertigo “swirl” label in 1971/72. They fused post-psych effects with jazz-based improvisation in a similar manner to Affinity and Tonton Macoute. Members: Anna Meek (vocals), Robert Calvert (saxophone), Graham Wilson (guitar), Theirry Reinhardt (alto flute, clarinet, 1971), Hugh Eaglestone (tenor saxophone, 1971), Dave […]

Rumplestiltskin

Rumplestiltskin was an English hard-rock/psych studio band that released a 1970 self-titled album on Bell Records, followed by a 1972 second, Black Magician, on the German Bellaphon label. The members also recorded instrumental-psych albums as Hungry Wolf and Ugly Custard. Members: Peter Lee Stirling [Peter Charles Greene, aka Daniel Boone] (vocals), Alan Hawkshaw [aka Jeremy […]

Galliard

Galliard was an English brass-rock band from Birmingham that released the 1969/70 Deram albums Strange Pleasure and New Dawn. Frontman Geoff Brown continued in the mid-’70s jazz-funk combo Muscles. Along with Colosseum, Heaven, Brainchild, the Greatest Show on Earth, and the Keef Hartley Band, Galliard represented a UK wing of the brass-laden jazz-rock-soul sound, reflecting […]

Elias Hulk

Elias Hulk was an English hard-rock-psych band from Bournemouth, Dorset, that released the album Unchained on Young Blood in 1970. Members: Peter Thorpe [Big Pete Thorpe] (lead vocals), Neil Tatum (lead guitar), Granville Frazer (rhythm guitar), James Haines (bass guitar), Bernard James (drums) Elias Hulk was instigated in 1968 by Bournemouth teenagers Peter Grenville ‘Gren’ […]

Killing Floor

Killing Floor was an English hard-rock band that released a self-titled album on Spark in 1969, followed by Out of Uranus on Penny Farthing in 1970.  Members: Bill Thorndycraft (vocals, harp, 1968-71), Mick Clarke (guitar), Lou Martin (keyboards, 1968-69, 1971, 2002-present), Bazz Smith (drums, 1968-71), Stuart McDonald (bass, 1968-69, 1970-71, 2002-present), Jon Taylor (bass, 1969), […]

Titus Groan

Titus Groan was an English jam-rock band that released a self-titled album and a standalone single on Dawn in 1970. Members: Stuart Cowell (keyboards, guitar, vocals), John Lee (bass), Tony Priestland (saxophone, flute, oboe), Jim Toomey (drums) Background Titus Groan formed in late 1969 when guitarist Stuart Cowell and drummer Jim Toomey teamed with bassist […]

Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera

Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera was an English psych-rock band that released multiple singles and a 1968 self-titled album on Direction. After Gantry’s departure, singer/guitarist Paul Brett led them on the 1969 release Ride a Hustler’s Dream. The rhythm section joined the Strawbs and later recorded as Hudson–Ford. Gantry surfaced in funk-rockers Stretch. Members: Colin Forster […]

The Battered Ornaments

The Battered Ornaments were an English jazz-rock/psych band that released two albums on Harvest in 1969, the first with singer/poet Pete Brown, who later cut two albums with Piblokto! He also wrote lyrics for Jack Bruce during and after Cream. The Ornaments also included guitarist Chris Spedding, who fronted the band after Brown’s departure. Pete […]

Steel Mill

Steel Mill was an English post-psych hard rock band that released the 1972 album Green Eyed God on Penny Farthing. Members: David “Dave” Morris (keyboards, vocals), Derek Chandler (bass, 1969-71), Terry Williams (guitar, 1969-72), John Challenger (saxophone, woodwinds), Colin Short (drums, 1969-70), Ricky [aka Rupert Bear] (drums, 1970), Chris “The Rat” Martin (drums, 1970-72), Jeff […]

Deaf School

Deaf School are an English art-rock band that released three albums on Warner Brothers between 1976 and 1978. On its first two albums — 2nd Honeymoon (1976) and Don’t Stop the World (1977) — the band pairs ’30s/’40s ambience (cabaret, music hall) with the lavish arrangements of contemporary theatrical pop (Sparks, Sailor, Cockney Rebel, Brian […]

High Tide

High Tide was an English psychedelic hard-rock band that released the album Sea Shanties on UA/Liberty in 1969, followed by a self-titled second album in 1970. Guitarist Tony Hill hailed from transatlantic garage-rockers The Misunderstood. Violinist Simon House later joined the Third Ear Band and Hawkwind. Members: Tony Hill (vocals, guitar, bass), Peter Pavli (bass, […]

Starry Eyed and Laughing

Starry Eyed and Laughing were an English rustic-rock band that released the 1974–75 CBS albums Starry Eyed and Laughing and Thought Talk. Earlier recordings later surfaced on the archival discs Forever Young and To Try for the Sun. Their use of Rickenbacker 12-string guitars and West Coast harmonies drew comparisons to The Byrds. Members: Tony […]

The Spencer Davis Group

The Spencer Davis Group was an English R&B/beat band from Birmingham, fronted by teenage singer–keyboardist Steve Winwood. Signed to Fontana, they released three albums during 1965–66 comprised mostly of blues and soul covers. Though the band was democratic, they made guitarist/singer Spencer Davis their namesake because he was the only member willing to field journalists. […]

Locomotive

Locomotive was an English brass-rock/psych band that was active with multiple lineups between 1966 and 1970. Based in Birmingham, they initially drew from Jamaican ska/bluebeat on three non-album singles. In 1969, they recorded the album We Are Everything You See, released after the departure of keyboardist and bandleader Norman Haines. Bassist Mick Hincks and drummer […]

The Nice

The Nice was an English psychedelic rock band with keyboardist Keith Emerson. In 1968, they scored a UK hit with “America” and released two albums on Immediate Records: The Thoughts of Emerlist Davjack and Ars Longa Vita Brevis. In 1969, The Nice released a self-titled third album (aka Everything as Nice as Mother Makes It) […]

National Health

National Health was an English avant-jazz/rock band from Canterbury that released a self-titled album on Affinity in 1978, followed that same year by Of Queues and Cures on parent-label Charly. The band featured three-fourths of Hatfield and the North — keyboardist Dave Stewart, guitarist Phil Miller, and drummer Pip Pyle — with a revolving line […]

The Adverts

The Adverts were an English punk-rock band, best known for the 1977 singles “One Chord Wonders” and “Gary Gilmore’s Eyes” and the 1978 album Crossing the Red Sea With The Adverts. Their second album, Cast of Thousands, appeared shortly before their breakup in late 1979. Members: T.V. Smith (vocals), Gaye Advert (bass), Howard Pickup [Howard […]

Vinegar Joe

Vinegar Joe was an English soul-rock band that released three albums on Island Records: Vinegar Joe, Rock’n’Roll Gypsies (both 1972), and Six Star General (1973). The band germinated when ex-Alan Bown Set vocalist Robert Palmer joined Dada, the prior band of co-vocalist Elkie Brooks and guitarist Pete Gage. Vinegar Joe also featured several musicians with […]

Raw Material

Raw Material was an English post-psych band that released a self-titled album in 1970 on small-press Evolution, followed in 1971 by Time Is… on RCA Neon. Members: Colin Catt (vocals, keyboards), Mike Fletcher (saxophone, flute, vocals, 1970-72), Dave Green (guitar, 1970-72), Phil Gunn (bass, guitar, ?-1971), Paul Young (percussion, 1970-72), Cliff Harewood (lead guitar, 1971-72) […]

Accolade

Accolade was an English folk-rock band that released a self-titled album on Columbia in 1970, followed by a second on Regal Zonophone in 1971. The first album features singer–songwriter Gordon Giltrap, who later charted as an instrumental symphonic-rock musician. Members: Brian Cresswell (saxophone, flute), Gordon Giltrap (guitar, vocals), Ian Hoyle (drums), Don Partridge (guitar, vocals, […]

Zior

Zior was an English post-psychedelic hard rock band that released a 1971 self-titled album on Nepentha (UK) and Global (Germany). Their demoed second album, Every Inch a Man, appeared in 1973 on the German Intercord label. Between the two albums, Zior (under the band alias Monument) recorded The First Monument, released in late 1971 on […]

Jody Grind

Jody Grind was an English psychedelic organ-rock trio that released the albums One Step On and Far Canal on Transatlantic in 1969/70. Members: Tim Hinkley (organ, keyboards), Ivan Zagni (guitar, 1968-69), Martyn Harryman (drums, 1968-69), Barry Wilson (drums, 1969), Pete Gavin (drums, 1969-70), Bernie Holland (guitar, bass, vocals, 1969-?), Louis Cennamo (bass) Background Jody Grind […]

Icarus

Icarus was an English post-psych hard rock band that cut the 1968 single “The Devil Rides Out” on Spark Records. In 1972, a revised lineup surfaced with the album The Marvel World of Icarus on Pye Records. It features songs about superheroes from the Marvel Universe, as depicted on the cover. Members: Iain Hills [Iain […]

Slack Alice

Slack Alice was an English barroom-rock band, led by veteran singer Alice Spring. In 1974, they issued a self-titled album on Philips. Keyboardist John Cook moved on to Kestrel and Midnight Flyer. Spring and bassist Mike Howard reconfigured in new wavers Darling for a 1979 album on Charisma. Members: Alice Spring [aka Sandra Barry] (vocals), […]

Timebox

Timebox was an English rock band that released two 1967 singles on Piccadilly. With singer Mike Patto, they released six singles on Deram and scored a soul-pop hit with “Beggin’.” Patto’s songwriting partnership with guitarist–vibraphonist Ollie Halsall produced an unreleased album and the 1969 singles “Baked Jam Roll In Your Eye” and “Yellow Van.” Musically, […]

Affinity

Affinity was an English jazz-rock/psych band that released a self-titled album on the Vertigo “swirl” label in 1970. Vocalist Linda Hoyle followed up the band with a 1971 solo album Pieces of Me. Drummer Grant Serpell resurfaced in 1974 with vaudeville-popsters Sailor. Members: Mike Jopp (guitar), Mo Foster (bass), Grant Serpell (drums), Linda Hoyle (vocals, […]

Pigbag

Pigbag was an English new wave jazz-funk band, best known for the 1982 UK hit “Papa’s Got a Brand New Pigbag.” They released five singles and the 1982–83 albums Dr. Heckle and Mr. Jive and Lend An Ear on Y Records. Members: Chris Hamlin (clarinet, percussion, 1980-81), Roger Freeman (trombone, percussion, 1980-82), James Johnstone (guitar, […]

Tractor

Tractor was the English post-psych duo of singer–guitarist Jim Milne and drummer Steve Clayton. They formed as The Way We Live, which released the 1971 album A Candle for Judith on John Peel’s Dandelion label. Renamed Tractor, they made a 1972 self-titled album. They half-completed a third album before Dandelion’s collapse and cut three singles […]

Junco Partners

Junco Partners were an English rock band from Newcastle, formed as an R&B/beat sextet in 1964. After issuing one single on Columbia in 1965, they underwent a series of lineup shifts, eventually morphing into a four-piece hard-rock/psych band. This iteration released a self-titled album on Barclay in 1970 and disbanded the following year. The nameplate […]

Every Which Way

Every Which Way was an English psych-rock/soul band that released a self-titled album on Charisma in 1970. The band was formed by ex-Nice and future Refugee drummer–percussionist Brian Davison, who features before the nameplate in certain media. Vocalist Graham Bell hailed from Skip Bifferty–Heavy Jelly. He reunited with his former Skip-mates the following year in […]

Fat Mattress

Fat Mattress was an English folk-rock/psych band that released two albums on Polydor in 1969 and 1970. Guitarist Noel Redding also played bass in the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Late-period member Steve Hammond composed their non-album b-side “Black Sheep of the Family,” covered by Quatermass and Rainbow. Members: Neil Landon (vocals), Jim Leverton (bass, keyboards), Eric […]

Ethel the Frog

Ethel the Frog was an English heavy metal band that released a 1980 self-titled album on EMI. Members: Doug Sheppard (vocals, guitar), Paul Tognola (guitar), Terry Hopkinson (bass, vocals), Paul Conyers (drums) Background Ethel the Frog formed in 1976 in Kingston upon Hull, where singer–guitarist Doug Sheppard and guitarist Paul Tognola teamed with bassist Terry […]

Demon Fuzz

Demon Fuzz was an English funk-psych septet that released the 1970 album Afreaka! on Dawn. They recorded a second album circa 1971–72 that surfaced after their breakup on self-press Paco Records. Members: Smokey Adams (vocals), Winston Joseph (guitar), Sleepy Jack Joseph (bass), Steve John (drums), Ray Rhoden (keyboards), Ayinde Folarin (percussion), Paddy Corea (flute, saxophone), […]

Original Mirrors

The Original Mirrors were an English new wave band that released the 1980–81 Mercury albums Original Mirrors and Heart Twango & Raw Beat. Singer Steve Allen hailed from Liverpool legends Deaf School. Members: Steve Allen (vocals), Ian Broudie (guitar), Jonathan Perkins (keyboards), Pete Kircher (drums), Phil Spalding (bass, 1978-?), Jimmy Hughes (bass, ?-1981) Background The […]

Orange Bicycle

The Orange Bicycle was an English psychedelic pop-rock band that released five 1967–68 singles on Columbia (EMI), including the cult classics “Hyacinth Threads” and “Jenskadajka.” In 1969–70, they made four singles and a self-titled album on Parlophone, followed by a 1971 single on Regal Zonophone. Their recordings have since been gathered on retrospective comps, including […]

Oberon

Oberon was an English folk-psych band that self-released the album A Midsummer’s Night Dream in 1971. Members: Jeremy Bernie Birchall (bass), Robin Clutterbuck (vocals), Nick Powell (percussion), Jan Scrimgeour (vocals), Charlie Seaward (guitar, vocals), Julian Smedley (vocals, violin), Chris Smith (guitar) Background Oberon formed in 1970 in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, when guitarists Chris Smith and Charlie […]

C.O.B.

C.O.B. (Clive’s Original Band) was an English folk-rock band that released the album Spirit of Love on CBS in 1971, followed by Moyshe McStiff and the Tartan Lancers of the Sacred Heart on Polydor in 1972. Frontman Clive Palmer was a founding member of the Incredible String Band. Members: Clive Palmer (guitar, banjo, vocals), John […]

Clear Blue Sky

Clear Blue Sky was an English psychedelic hard-rock band from Acton that released a self-titled album on Vertigo in 1970. Members: John Simms (guitar, vocals), Ken White (drums), Mark Sheater (bass), Maxine Marten (vocals, percussion), Kraznet Montpelier (bass, vocals), Ted Landon (bass) Background Clear Blue Sky started in 1968 as Jug Blues, formed by three […]

Morgan

Morgan was an English symphonic-rock band that released the album Nova Solis on RCA in 1972. The following year, they recorded a second album that later appeared as Brown Out (Import, 1976) and The Sleeper Wakes (Cherry Red, 1978). Members: Morgan Fisher (keyboards), Tim Staffell (vocals, guitar), Bob Sapsed (bass), Maurice Bacon (drums) Background Morgan […]

Tramline

Tramline was an English blues-rock band from Middlesbrough that released the 1968–69 albums Somewhere Down the Line and Moves of Vegetable Centuries, both on Island Records. Members: Micky Moody (guitar), John McCoy (vocals, harmonica), Terry Sidgwick (bass, vocals), Terry Popple (drums) Background Tramline formed when guitarist Micky Moody teamed with singer John McCoy after respective […]

Methuselah

Methuselah was a psychedelic English folk-rock band responsible for the 1969 Elektra album Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. They featured guitarist–singer Terry Wincott and guitarist–percussionist John Gladwin, bandmates in assorted beat groups (The Dimples, Gospel Garden) and subsequent partners in Amazing Blondel. Members: John Gladwin (guitar, vibraphone), Terry Wincott (guitar, vocals), Les Nicol (guitar, vocals), […]

Marsupilami

Marsupilami was an English post-psych six-piece band that released two albums on Transatlantic Records in 1970 and 1971. Members: Mike Fouracre (drums), Fred Hasson (vocals, harmonica), Leary Hasson (keyboards), Richard Lathan Hicks (bass), Dave Laverock (guitar), Jessica Stanley Clarke (flute, vocals), Pete Bardens (percussion), Mandy Riedelbanch (woodwind), Bob West (vocals) Background Marsupilami emerged in Taunton, […]

Heron

Heron was an English folk-rock band from Maidenhead, Berkshire, that released two albums on Dawn during 1970 and 1971. Guitarist G.T. Moore subsequently led the Reggae Guitars, recording assorted singles and three albums on Charisma between 1974 and 1976. Heron regrouped briefly in 1983 and for a longer span in the late 1990s. Members: Tony […]

Gypsy

Gypsy was an English folk-rock band that released the 1971–72 albums Gypsy and Brenda & the Rattlesnake on United Artists. They evolved from the Leicester pop-psych combo Legay, which cut the 1968 Fontana single “No-one” (b/w “The Fantastic Story of the Stream-Driven Banana”). Members: John Knapp (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Robin Pizer (guitar, vocals), Rod Read […]

The Ghost

The Ghost was an English folk-psych band from Birmingham that released the album When You’re Dead – One Second on Gemini in 1970. The prior year, guitarist–singer Paul Eastment recorded one album with psych-rockers Velvett Fogg. Members: Paul Eastment (vocals, guitar), Terry Guy (keyboards, vocals), Charlie Grima (drums), Daniel MacGuire (bass, vocals), Shirley Kent (vocals, […]

Les Fleur de Lys

Les Fleur de Lys were an English mod-psych band from Southampton that released a string of singles on Immediate, Polydor, and Atlantic between 1965 and 1969, including one apiece under the alternate names Shyster, Rupert’s People, and The Chocolate Frog. Bassist Gordon Haskell launched a seventies solo career amid brief memberships in King Crimson and […]