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Powerful Anglo-American Led Zeppelin -inspired supergroup fronted by actor and ex-Silverhead vocalist Michael Des Barres (24 January 1948, London, England) and ex-Yes keyboard player Tony Kaye (b. Anthony John Selvidge, 11 January 1946, Leicester, England). With the addition of Michael Monarch on guitar, Bobby Picket on bass and the powerful drummer Jon Hyde, they soon began to make waves in the clubs of Los Angeles. When Jimmy Page saw them, he signed them to his Swan Song label and immediately put them into the studio. Hyde’s drumming proved so John Bonham-like that Page himself undertook most of the production work on their 1977 debut album (under the pseudonym Jimmy Robinson) to do justice to the band’s sound.

Detective soon built up a reputation among their professional peers but fame eluded them. A second album in 1977 lacked the direction and production of the first and did little to elevate them into the first division. It did, however, lead them into a starring role for an episode of the American situation comedy series, WKRP In Cincinnati. Des Barres split the band soon afterwards and made a guest appearance on Gene Simmons’ solo album before launching his own band in 1980. Monarch joined Meat Loaf’s backing band and Kaye later returned to Yes, while Hyde abandoned the music business.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.