Johnny Hammond

Johnny Hammond (aka Johnny Smith, Dec. 16, 1933 — June 4, 1997) was an American jazz keyboardist who debuted in 1958 with a solo organ album as Johnny Smith. Adopting the name Johnny “Hammond” Smith, he released three soul-jazz albums on Prestige-subsidiary New Jazz in 1959/60, then switched to Prestige for 16 further albums between […]

Emerson, Lake & Palmer

Emerson, Lake & Palmer — alternately known by the acronym ELP — were an English symphonic-rock trio that released three studio albums and a live classical recording on Island (UK) and Cotillion (US) between 1970 and 1972. In 1973, the band established Manticore Records for original releases and albums by like-minded artists. As one of […]

Gothic Horizon

Gothic Horizon was an English folk-rock duo that released the 1971–72 albums The Jason Lodge Poetry Book and Tomorrow’s Another Day… on Argo. Members: Andy Desmond (vocals, guitar, bass), Richard Garrett (vocals) Formation Gothic Horizon sprung from a partnership between Hertfordshire folkies Andy Desmond and Richard Garrett. Associate Mike Simmons wrote most of their material […]

Warpig

Warpig was a Canadian hard-rock band that released a self-titled album in 1972 on FontHill Records. Members: Terry Brett (bass), Rick Donmoyer (vocals, guitar), Terry Hook (drums), Dana Snitch (keyboards, vocals, guitar) Background Warpig evolved from Mass Destruction, a garage band in Woodstock, Ontario, with singer–guitarist Rick Donmoyer and bassist Terry Brett. Donmoyer played beforehand […]

Jodo

Jodo was an English hard-rock/blues band that released the album Guts on Decca in 1970. That same year, two members appeared on the MCA release Green Bullfrog, an impromptu jam session with members of Deep Purple. Members: Rod Alexander (lead guitar, vocals), Brian “Chico” Greenwood (drums), Earl Jordan (vocals), Bill Kimber [William E. Kimber] (vocals), […]

Jasper

Jasper was an English blues-psych band that released the album Liberation on Spark Records in 1969. Half its members drifted soon afterward into Jodo and Trifle. Members: Nick Payn [aka Nick Payne] (vocals, harmonica, flute), Steve Radford (guitar), Jon Taylor (bass), Brian “Chico” Greenwood (drums), Alan Fealdman (keyboards) Formation Jasper formed in 1967 as Union […]

Please

Please was an English pop-psych band that recorded two albums worth of material during 1968 and 1969. They emerged from Neon Pearl and underwent three iterations over a two-year period. Their constant was drummer Pete Dunton, who moonlighted in The Flies and Gun. Bassist Bernard Jinks formed Bulldog Breed, which cut the 1969 Deram album […]

Argent

Argent was an English art-rock band that released six studio albums and a live double-LP on Epic between 1970 and 1975, followed by a seventh on RCA. They were the namesake of ex-Zombies keyboardist Rod Argent. On their first five albums, Argent was a four-piece with singer/guitarist Russ Ballard, who found success outside the band […]

Capability Brown

Capability Brown was an English harmony-rock band that released two albums on Charisma in 1972 and 1973. Half the band continued in the funk-rock combo Krazy Kat. Members: Tony Ferguson (guitar, vocals), Dave Nevin (keyboards, guitar), Kenny Rowe (bass, vocals), Grahame White (guitar, vocals), Joe Williams (vocals), Roger Willis (drums, vocals) Background Capability Brown evolved […]

Babe Ruth

Babe Ruth was an English hard-rock/soul band that released three albums on Harvest between 1972 and 1975, followed by a further pair of titles on Capitol during the mid-1970s. Members: Jenne Haan (vocals, 1970-75), Alan Shacklock (guitar, keyboards, 1970-75), Dave Hewitt (bass, 1970-75), Jeff Allen (drums, 1970-71), Dave Punshon (keyboards, 1971-73), Dick Powell (drums, 1971-73), […]

Steely Dan

Steely Dan was an American jazz-rock/pop band that released six studio albums on ABC between 1972 and 1977, followed by an eighth on MCA in 1980. After a 20-year break in recording, they issued two discs of new material during the early 2000s. Debuting as a six-piece, the lineup trimmed by 1975 to the duo […]

Goliath

Goliath was an English jazz-rock/soul band from Manchester that released a self-titled album on CBS in 1970. Members: Linda Rothwell (vocals), Malcolm Grundy (guitar), Joseph Rosbotham (woodwinds), John Williamson (bass), Eric Eastman (drums, percussion) Background Goliath evolved from the unrecorded Mancunian act Petrus Booncamp, which featured guitarist–bassist John Williamson and singers Linda Rothwell and Roy […]

Cravinkel

Cravinkel was a German blues-rock/pop band that released two albums and a standalone single on Philips in 1970 and 1971. Members: Gert Krawinkel (guitar, percussion), Rolf Kaiser (vocals, bass), George B. Haupt (drums), Klaus George Meier (guitar, vocals, percussion), Achim Brierley (drums) Cravinkel formed in 1969 Wilhelmshaven, their name spun from the surname of guitarist […]

Abacus

Abacus was a German art-rock band that released four albums and three singles on Polydor/Zebra between 1971 and 1973. Members: Hans Rolf Schade (guitar, percussion, sitar, vocals), Felix Hans (drums, percussion, vocals), Chris Williams (vocals, guitar), Klaus Kohlhase (bass, percussion, harmonica), Chris Barutzky (piano, organ), Jürgen Wimpelberg (keyboards, vocals, guitar), Norbert Leifert (keyboards, vocals, flute), […]

Ardo Dombec

Ardo Dombec were a German jazz-rock band that released a self-titled album on Pilz in 1971. Members: Helmut Hachmann (saxophone, flute), Harald Gleu (guitar, vocals), Wolfgang Spillner (drums, vocals), Michael Ufer (bass) Ardo Dombec assembled in Hamburg in 1970, inspired by UK brass/woodwind-rock acts like Galliard, If, Diabolus, and The Greatest Show on Earth. None […]

Andromeda

Andromeda was a German organ-rock/psych band that released a self-titled album on Vogue in 1970. Members: Peter Schild (Hammond organ, piano), Tony Hendrik (guitar), Gerry Fleming (bass), Günter Steinborn (drums) Andromeda centered on the duo of keyboardist Peter Schild and drummer Günter Steinborn, both members of Cologne beatsters The Tony Hendrik Five. Hemdrik himself played […]

Patto

Patto was an English rock band that released the 1970–71 Vertigo albums Patto and Hold Your Fire and the 1972 Island title Roll ’em Smoke ’em Put Another Line Out. They evolved from soul-psych legends Timebox. Singer Mike Patto and guitarist Ollie Halsall teamed a third time in Boxer. Members: Mike Patto (vocals), Ollie Halsall […]

Spontaneous Combustion

Spontaneous Combustion was an English hard-rock trio that released two albums on Harvest in 1972, the self-titled first produced by Greg Lake of ELP. Members: Tony Brock (drums), Gary Margetts (guitar, vocals), Tristian Margetts (bass, vocals) Inception Spontaneous Combustion began as a Poole, Dorset, combo called Transient Sand. Drummer Tony Brock, guitarist/singer Gary Margetts and […]

Dear Mr. Time

Dear Mr. Time is an English symphonic-rock/psych band that released the album Grandfather on A Square Record in 1970. Members: Chris Baker (guitar, vocals), John Clements (drums, percussion), Barry Everitt (vocals, organ, piano, harpsichord), Dave Sewell (bass, vocals), Jim Sturgeon (saxophone, flute, guitar, vocals) Dear Mr. Time assembled in Chelmsford in September 1969, its members […]

Mogul Thrash

Mogul Thrash was an English brass-rock band from London that released a self-titled album on RCA Victor in 1971. They were formed by ex-Colosseum/future-Bandit guitarist James Litherland and also featured bassist/vocalist John Wetton, who later gained global fame in the supergroups King Crimson, UK, and Asia. Members: Roger Ball (alto saxophone, baritone saxophone, soprano saxophone), […]

Odin

Odin was an English-European hard-rock/psych band based in Gaukönigshofen, Bayern, Germany, that released a self-titled album on Vertigo in 1972. Members: Jeff Beer (keyboards, percussion, vibraphone, vocals), Rob Terstall (guitar, vocal), Ray Brown (bass, vocals), Stuart Fordham (drums, percussion) Odin was formed in 1971 by German keyboardist and percussionist Jeff Beer, Dutch guitarist Rob Terstall, […]

Iguana

Iguana was an English brass-rock/funk band from Southampton that released a self-titled album on Polydor in 1972. They later became the backing band for singer Jess Roden. Members: Ronnie Taylor (alto saxophone, tambourine), Bruce Roberts (guitar, vocals), John Cartwright (bass, drums), Chris Gower (trombone, tambourine), Pete Hunt (drums, congas), Don Shinn (keyboards, 1971-72), Steve Webb […]

Space Opera

Space Opera was an American rustic-rock band from Fort Worth, Tex., that released a self-titled album on Epic in 1973. Five years earlier, three-fourths of the band cut a folk-rock album as Whistler, Chaucer, Detroit & Greenhill. Members: David Bullock (vocals, flute, harmonica, guitar), Scott Fraser (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Philip White (vocals, bass, guitar, keyboards), […]

Fields

Fields was an English organ-rock trio that released a self-titled album on CBS in 1971. They were formed by ex-Rare Bird organist Graham Field. Members: Graham Field (piano, electric piano, organ), Alan Barry (vocals, classical guitar, electric guitar, bass, Mellotron, 1971), Andy McCulloch (drums, timpani, talking drum), Frank Farell (vocals, bass, guitar, 1972) Background Graham […]

Brainchild

Brainchild was an English jazz-rock/soul band that released the album Healing of the Lunatic Owl on A&M in 1970. Members: Harvey Coles (bass, vocals), Bill Edwards (lead guitar, vocals), Chris Jennings (organ, piano), Brian Wilshaw (saxophone, flute), Lloyd Williams (trumpet), Ian Goss (trombone), Dave Muller (drums) Inception Brainchild congregated in Somerset at the close of […]

Still Life

Still Life was an English organ-rock/psych band from Coventry that released a self-titled album on the Vertigo “swirl” label in 1971. Vocalist Martin Cure had previously sung in the beat-psych groups The Peeps (1965–69), Rainbows (1969), and Cupid’s Inspiration. He later fronted hard-rockers Chevy for a one-off album in 1980. Members: Martin Cure (vocals), Terry […]

Atomic Rooster

Atomic Rooster was an English hard-rock band that released back-to-back albums on B&C/Fontana in 1970, followed by three albums on Pegasus and Dawn between 1971 and 1973. After a six-year pause in activity, the band reconvened for two albums on EMI and PVC/Passport between 1980 and 1983. The band was formed from the ashes of […]

Czar

Czar was an English symphonic-rock band from London that released a self-titled album and standalone single on Fontana, both in 1970. Three-fourths of the band hailed from Tuesday’s Children, which released six singles between 1966 and 1968. Organist Bob Hodges briefly played in the heavier psych-rock combo The Attack. Members: Paul Kendrick (vocals, bass), Mick […]

Spring

Spring was an English symphonic-rock band that released a self-titled album on RCA/Neon in 1971. It has since become a collectible alongside contemporary titles by Cressida, Fields, Gracious, and Raw Material. Members: Pat Moran (vocals, Mellotron), Ray Martinez (lead guitar, Mellotron, 12-string guitar), Adrian “Bone” Maloney (bass), Pick Withers (drums, glockenspiel), Kips Brown (piano, organ, […]

East of Eden

East of Eden was an English folk-rock/psych band from Bristol that released the 1969/70 Deram albums Mercator Projected and Snafu, followed by the 1971 Harvest titles East of Eden and New Leaf. An additional four albums appeared on Harvest/EMI Electrola between 1975 and 1978. Violinist Dave Arbus played on the FM evergreen “Baba O’Riley” by […]

Sui Generis

Sui Generis were an Argentine folk-rock combo that recorded three studio albums and a two-volume live set between 1972 and 1975. The band were initially a duo comprised of keyboardist/vocalist Charly García and guitarist/vocalist Nito Mestre. The pair were augmented in the studio by assorted come-and-go players. Members: Charly García (keyboards, vocals), Nito Mestre (vocals, […]

Tudor Lodge

Tudor Lodge was an English folk-rock trio from Reading, Berkshire, that released a self-titled album on Vertigo in 1971. Members: John Stannard (guitar, keyboards, mandolin, tambourine), Roger Strevens (1968-69), Lyndon Green (1969-72, 1980-88), Ann Steuart (1969-72, 1980), Linda Peters [aka Linda Thompson] (1972), Lynne Whiteland (1980-present) Tudor Lodge formed in 1968 as the duo of […]

Cornucopia

Cornucopia was a German symphonic-psych band that released the album Full Horn on Brain in 1973. Members: Wolfgang Kause (vocals), Wolfgang Bartl (bass, vocals), Christoph Hardwig (keyboards, guitar, vocals), Wolfgang Gaudes (drums, percussion, 12-string guitar), Kai Henrik Möller (guitar, vocals), Harry Koch (effects, percussion, vocals), Rudy Holzhauer (percussion) Cornucopia formed in Hamburg in 1972. None […]

Fuchsia

Fuchsia was an English folk-rock band from Exeter, Devon, that released a self-titled album on the Pegasus in 1971. Members: Tony Durant (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, lead vocals), Michael Day (bass), Michael Gregory (drums, percussion), Janet Rogers (violin, backing vocals), Madeleine Bland (cello, piano, harmonium, backing vocals), Vanessa Hall-Smith (violin, backing vocals) Background Fuchsia spun […]

Cleves

Cleves was a New Zealander psych-rock band that released a self-titled album on Festival-subsidiary Infinity in 1971. Members: Gaye Brown (bass, organ, vocals), Ron Brown (lead guitar, vocals), Rob Aicken (rhythm guitar, bass), Graham Brown (drums, 1968-1971), Vince Melouney (guitar, 1971), Ace Follington (drums, 1971) Background: The Clevedonaires Cleves revolved around the musical Brown siblings: […]

Dakila

Dakila were an American Latin-rock band from San Francisco that released a self-titled album on Epic in 1972. Members: David Bustamante (guitar), Bert Ancheta (guitar), Fred Ancheta (bass), Frank Magtota (drums), Romeo Bustamante (organ), Carlos Badia (congas), Michael Gopal (timbales) Dakila were assembled in the early 1970s by a group of Filipino-American cousins and brothers […]

Black Merda

Black Merda was an American soul-funk/psych band from Detroit that released a self-titled album on Chess in 1970, followed by a second as Mer-Da on Janus in 1972. Along with Funkadelic and Purple Image, the band was pivotal in bridging R&B and psych-rock at the dawn of the 1970s. Members: Anthony “Wolf” Hawkins (guitar), VC […]

Matching Mole

Matching Mole was an English jazz-rock band that released two albums on CBS in 1972. The band was formed by drummer/vocalist Robert Wyatt after his departure from Soft Machine and featured fellow name-players of the Canterbury music scene. Members: Robert Wyatt (drums, vocals, piano, Mellotron), Phil Miller (guitar), Bill MacCormick (bass), Dave Sinclair (organ, piano, […]

Room

Room was an English jazz-rock/soul band from Blandford Forum, Dorset, that released the album Pre-Flight on Deram in 1970. Members: Chris Williams [C.K. Williams] (lead guitar), Roy Putt (bass), Pete Redfern (drums, 1968-69), Roger Hope (vocals, 1968), Scott (guitar, 1968), Jane Kevern (vocals, tambourine, harmonium, 1968-?), Steve Edge (lead guitar, rhythm guitar, 1968-70), Bob Jenkins […]

Copperhead

Copperhead were an American psych-rock band from San Francisco that released a self-titled album on Columbia in 1973. Members: John Cipollina (guitar), Gary Philippet (vocals, guitar, organ), Jim McPherson (vocals, piano, bass), Hutch Hutchinson (bass, vocals), David Weber (drums) Copperhead was formed by guitarist John Cipollina, a long-serving member of the Quicksilver Messenger Service. Pianist/bassist […]

A Euphonious Wail

A Euphonious Wail were an American soul-rock band from Santa Rosa, Calif., that released a self-titled album on Kapp Records in 1973. Members: Suzanne Rey (percussion, vocals), Bart Libby (organ, piano), Steve Tracy (guitar, vocals), Gary Violetti (bass, vocals), Doug Huffman (drums, vocals) A Euphonious Wail formed in 1968 and played the west coast acid-rock […]

Stray Dog

Stray Dog was an American hard-rock band from Fort Worth, Tex., that released two albums on Manticore in 1973 and 1974. Members: W.G. Snuffy Walden (guitar, vocals), Les Sampson (drums), Al Roberts (bass, vocals), Timmy Dulaine (guitar, vocals, 1974-76), Luis Cabaza (keyboards, 1974-76) Background Stray Dog evolved from the unrecorded an ’70s power-trio called Aphrodite. […]

Touch

Touch were an American psych-rock band from Portland, Ore., that released a self-titled album on London-subsidiary Coliseum (U.S.) and Deram (U.K.) in 1969. Members: Jeff Hawks (vocals), Joey Newman (guitar), Don Gallucci (keyboards), Bruce Hauser (bass), John Bordonaro (drums) Touch emerged from the final lineup of Portland popsters Don & The Goodtimes, which featured vocalist […]

Tear Gas

Tear Gas was a Scottish hard-rock band that released the album Piggy Go Getter on Famous/Paramount in 1970, followed by an eponymous album on Regal Zonophone in 1971. They then teamed with singer Alex Harvey in the long-running Sensational Alex Harvey Band. Members: Zal Cleminson (guitar, vocals), Chris Glen (bass, vocals), Gilson Lavis (drums, 1969-70), […]

Quicksand

Quicksand was a Welsh symphonic/hard-rock band that issued a 1970 standalone single and the 1973 Dawn release Home Is Where I Belong. Guitarist/vocalist Jimmy Davies reappeared in the Rockfield one-off Alkatraz. Members: Jimmy Davies (guitar, vocals), Anthony Stone (drums, vocals), Will Youatt (bass, 1969-?), Phil Davies (bass, vocals), Robert Collins (keyboards, vocals) Background Quicksand formed […]

Cressida

Cressida was an English post-psych band that released the albums Cressida and Asylum on the Vertigo “swirl” label in 1970/71. Members: Peter Jennings (organ, Mellotron, harpsichord, piano), Angus Cullen (vocals, guitar), Kevin McCarthy (bass), Iain Clark (drums), John Heyworth (guitar, 1969-70), John Culley (guitar, 1970) Background Cressida formed in 1968 in London. The members hailed […]

Bodkin

Bodkin were a Scottish hard-rock/psych band that released a self-titled album on small-press West in 1972. Members: Mick Riddel (lead guitar), Doug Rome (Hammond organ), Dick Sneddon (drums), Bill Anderson (bass), Zeik Hume (vocals) Bodkin took their name from the bodkin point arrowhead, a thick needle often used in leather work. Their singular album appeared […]

Black Ivory

Black Ivory were an American soul trio from Manhattan that released two albums on Today Records in 1971/72, followed by three albums on Buddah between 1975 and 1979. The original group consisted of vocalists Russell Patterson, Stuart Bascombe, and Leroy Burgess. Their first two albums were recorded under the auspices of producer Patrick Adams. Members: […]

Delivery

Delivery — alternately billed as Carol Grimes & Delivery — was an English jazz-rock/soul band that released the album Fools Meeting on B & C Records in 1970. The band served as an early vehicle for future members of Soft Machine, Hatfield & the North, and National Health. Members: Phil Miller (guitar), Steve Miller (piano), […]

Jenghiz Khan

Jenghiz Khan were a Belgian hard-rock/psych band that released the album Well Cut on Barclay in 1970. Bassist/singer Pierre Rapsat concurrently cut an album with Laurelie and issued a slew of singles with the Tenderfoot Kids. Members: Tim Brean (organ, piano, harpsichord, vocals), Big Frisma [Friswa] (guitar, vocals), Christian “Chris Tick” Servranckx (drums, percussion, vocals), […]

Carson

Carson was an Australian blues-rock band from Melbourne that released two singles on the specialty labels Rebel and Havoc circa 1970/71, followed by two albums on Harvest in 1972 and 1973. Members: Broderick Smith (vocals, harmonica, 1971-73), Greg Lawrie (slide guitar, dobro), Tony Lunt (drums), … (piano, vocals, 1970), Tony Enery (piano, 1970), Paul Lever […]

Pharaohs

The Pharaohs were an American jazz-funk band from Chicago that released the album Awakening on self-press Scarab Records in 1971. They were a conglomeration of local ’60s acts The Jazzmen and the Artistic Heritage Ensemble. Future Earth Wind and Fire mastermind Maurice White was an early member. Members: Charles Handy (trumpet), Louis Satterfield (trombone), Don […]

Trader Horne

Trader Horne was an English/Irish folk-psych duo that released a standalone single and the album Morning Way, both on Pye-subsidiary Dawn in 1970. The duo comprised ex-Fairport Convention vocalist Judy Dyble and former Them/Belfast Gypsies multi-instrumentalist Jackie McAuley, who issued a self-titled solo album the following year. Members: Judy Dyble (vocals, electric autoharp, piano), Jackie […]

Osage Tribe

Osage Tribe were an Italian symphonic/hard-rock band from Genova, Liguria, that released the album Arrow Head on the Bla Bla label in 1972. Guitarist Marco Zoccheddu and bassist Bob Callero subsequently played in Duello Madre. Members: Nunzio “Cucciolo” Favia (drums), Bob Callero (bass, vocals, 1971-72), Marco Zoccheddu (guitar, keyboards, vocals, 1971-72), Franco Battiato (vocals, 1971), […]

Bandolero

Bandolero were a Puerto Rican psych-rock band that released a self-titled album on small-press Truth in 1970. Members: Félix “Gadget” (drums, percussion), Ismaelito (keyboards), George Matos (bass), Junior “El Loco” (guitar), José Nogueras (vocals) Bandolero issued their singular album in the U.S. and Puerto Rico on one-press Truth Records in 1970. It features 11 originals […]

Birtha

Birtha were an American soul-rock band from Los Angeles that released two albums on Dunhill during 1972 and 1973. Frontwoman/bassist Rosemary Butler became an in-demand session vocalist during the 1980s. Members: Rosemary Butler (vocals, bass), Shele Pinizzotto (vocals, guitar), Sherry Hagler (keyboards), Olivia “Liver” Favela (vocals, drums, 1968-75) Birtha was formed in 1968 by singer/bassist […]

Waterloo

Waterloo was a Belgian pop-psych band that released the album First Battle with accompanying singles on Vogue in 1970, followed by two non-album singles in 1971. The band’s final lineup formed the nucleus of Pazop. Members: Dirk Bogaert (lead vocals, flute), Gus Roan (guitar), Marc Malyster (organ, 1969-70), Jacky Mauer (drums), Jean-Paul Janssens (bass, 1969-70), […]

Kalevala

Kalevala were a Finnish art-rock/psych band from Helsinki that was active for nine years, starting in 1969. In 1972, the band debuted with the popular People No Names album on Finnlevy. Between 1975 and 1977, the band released two further albums on Hi-Hat. Members: Juha “Lido” Salonen (guitar, bass, vocals), Beaver Aitto-Oja (drums, 1969), Remu […]

Fresh Maggots

Fresh Maggots were an English folk-psych band from Nuneaton, Warwickshire, that released a self-titled album and a standalone single on RCA Victor, both in 1971. Members: Mick Burgoyne (vocals, guitar, glockenspiel, violin, tin whistle), Leigh Dolphin (guitar) Background Guitarist Leigh Dolphin and multi-instrumentalist Mick Burgoyne first met as children, then again as teenagers when they […]

Barbara Dickson

Barbara Dickson (born Sept. 27, 1947) is a Scottish folk/pop vocalist and actress who first entered showbiz in the late 1960s. Partnered with Glaswegian guitarist/vocalist Archie Fisher, they issued back-to-back albums together circa 1969/70. Her debut solo album, Do Right Woman, appeared in 1970 on Decca. In 1974, she contributed to the cast recording of […]

Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson is an English singer, guitarist, and songwriter who formed the folk rock band Fairport Convention, which he co-headed on the 1968–70 albums Fairport Convention, What We Did on Our Holidays, Unhalfbricking, Liege & Lief, and Full House. Post-Fairport, he played on albums by Nick Drake, Gary Farr, Mick Softley, John Martyn, and former […]

Dando Shaft

Dando Shaft was an English folk-psych band from Coventry that debuted with an album on Young Blood in 1970, followed by two titles on RCA in 1971–72 and a fourth on Rubber Records in 1977.  Guitarist–vocalist Kevin Dempsey and singer Polly Bolton were also part of the 1973 Christian project Blue Aquarius. Mandocellist Martin Jenkins […]

Synanthesia

Synanthesia was an English folk-psych trio from London that released a self-titled album on RCA Victor in 1969. It has since become a high-priced collectors item, regarded along similar lines to Fuchsia, Fresh Maggots, and Tea and Symphony. Members: Dennis Homes (vibraphone, guitar, vocals), Jim Fraser (alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, oboe, alto flute, nose flute, […]

Gandalf

Gandalf were an American psych-rock band from NYC that recorded a self-titled album in 1967 for Capitol, which belatedly issued the album in 1969. The band originally recorded as The Rahgoos and alternately cut a single for RCA as The Barracuda. Members: Peter Sando (guitar), Bob Muller (bass), Frank Hubach (piano, electric piano, harpsichord, organ), […]

Moon Martin

Moon Martin (1945–2020) was an American songwriter and singer who released five albums between 1978 and 1985 on Capitol Records. Robert Palmer charted with “Bad Case of Loving You,” originated on Martin’s debut Shots from a Cold Nightmare. Martin’s second album, Escape from Domination, spawned the 1979 Billboard hits “Rolene” and “No Chance.” His fourth […]

Hugh Hopper

Hugh Hopper (April 29, 1945 — June 7, 2009) was an English bassist from Whitstable, Kent, that gained global renown with jazz-rockers Soft Machine, premiering his signature fuzz-bass sound on 1969’s Volume Two and appearing on the band’s subsequent four albums. In 1973, he released the experimental solo album 1984 on CBS and also appeared […]

Strawbs

The Strawbs were an English folk-rock band from Strawberry Hill, London, that released eight studio albums and a live disc on A&M between 1969 and 1975, followed by a pair of albums on Oyster/Polydor in 1976/77 and a final release on Arista in 1978. The band was founded in 1967 by guitarist/vocalist Dave Cousins and […]

Ann Odell

Ann Odell is an English keyboardist, vocalist, songwriter, and arranger who played on albums by Shawn Phillips, Roger Glover, Murray Head, Jorge Ben, Bryan Ferry, Japan, and Pete Townshend during the 1970s and early 1980s. As a solo artist, she released the album A Little Taste on DJM in 1973. In 1975, she teamed with […]

The Glitterhouse

The Glitterhouse was an American soul-psych band that released the 1968 album Color Blind on Dynovoice Records. They performed the theme song to the 1968 sci-fi comedy Barbarella. Keyboardist Mark “Moogy” Klingman surfaced in the original lineup of Todd Rundgren‘s Utopia. Members: Michael Gayle (guitar, vocals), Hank Aberle (guitar, violin, vocals), Al Lax (bass, vocals), […]

The Humblebums

The Humblebums were a Scottish folk-pop combo, best known as the launching vehicle of comedian Billy Connolly and singer–songwriter Gerry Rafferty. Connolly formed the act with guitarist Tam Harvey for the 1969 Transatlantic release First Collection of Merry Melodies. Harvey cleared for Rafferty, who wrote the bulk of their second release, The New Humblebums. Connolly and […]

Freedom

Freedom was an English rock band formed by two original Procol Harum members: singer–drummer Bobby Harrison and guitarist Ray Royer. As a quartet, they made a psychedelic soundtrack to the 1969 Italian film Nerosubianco. Harrison reconstituted the band as a powertrio for the 1970 albums Freedom and Freedom at Last. On Vertigo, they made the […]

Ike & Tina Turner

Ike & Tina Turner were the R&B/soul-rock duo of American guitarist/bandleader Ike Turner and his then-wife, singer Tina Turner. They came together in the late 1950s when Ike hired Tina as a backing vocalist for his band, the Kings of Rhythm. She first sang lead on the 1960 Sue Records single “A Fool In Love,” […]

Centipede

Centipede was an English avant-garde jazz big-band led by pianist Keith Tippett for the 1971 RCA/Neon double-album Septober Energy, comprised of a title-sake improvisation split across four sides. It was produced by Robert Fripp shortly after Tippet’s involvement with the 1970 King Crimson albums In the Wake of Poseidon and Lizard. The 50+ ensemble featured […]

Slade

Slade was an English hard-rock and pop band from Wolverhampton that scored sixteen UK Top 10 hits between 1971 and 1984. They evolved from beatsters The N’ Betweens and signed with Fontana for one 1969 album as Ambrose Slade. In 1970, they met ex-Animal (and Hendrix manager) Chas Chandler, who refashioned them as skinheads under […]

Sweet

Sweet was an English hard-rock/pop band from Harefield, Greater London, that released four studio albums and 18 singles on RCA between 1971 and 1976. Under the guidance of songwriters Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman, they placed eight singles on the UK Top 10, including “Little Willy,” “Block Buster!,” “Hell Raiser,” “The Ballroom Blitz,” and “Teenage […]

Missing Link

Missing Link were a German jazz-rock sextet from Munich that released the album Nevergreen! on United Artists in 1972. Members: Markus Sing (guitar), Günther Latuschik (saxophone), Gabriel Dominik Mueller (vocals), Dieter Miekautsch (keyboards), Dave Schratzenstaller (bass), Holger Brandt (drums) The comic, colorful cover art of the band’s sole release animates the virtuosic energy of the […]