National Health

Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s


This band was formed in August 1975 by Phil Miller (guitar) and Dave Stewart (organ), former members of Hatfield And The North. Amanda Parsons (vocals), Alan Gowen (19 August 1947, London, England, d. 17 May 1981, London, England; synthesizer), Mont Campbell (ex-Egg; bass) and Bill Bruford (ex-Yes and King Crimson; drums) completed the band’s original line-up, but the following year Neil Murray joined in place of Campbell who had opted for session work. National Health continued the quintessential English progressive rock style forged by Soft Machine, Caravan and Matching Mole, but despite judicious live appearances, failed to reap the same commercial rewards. Pip Pyle (b. 4 April 1950, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, England, d. 28 August 2006, Paris, France) replaced Bruford prior to the recording of National Health, but further changes in the unit’s line-up preceded Of Queues And Cures. Such instability doomed the group’s commercial progress,...

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