|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||60s black metal pop oldies mod classic rock british welsh brazilian black metal wales rock|
Formed in Cardiff, Wales, in 1966, this R&B-styled septet comprised Andy Fairweather-Low (Andrew Fairweather-Low, 2 August 1948, Ystrad Mynach, Hengoed, Wales; vocals), Blue Weaver (b. Derek John Weaver, 11 March 1947, Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales; organ), Neil Jones (b. 25 March 1949, Llanbradach, Wales; guitar), Clive Taylor (b. 27 April 1949, Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales; bass), Allan Jones (b. 6 February 1947, Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales; baritone saxophone), Mike Smith (b. Michael Joseph Smith, 4 November 1947, Neath, Glamorgan, Wales; tenor saxophone) and Dennis Bryon (b. 14 April 1949, Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales; drums), all of whom were veterans of local Welsh bands. The band, which was named after a 1954 play by James Baldwin, signed to Deram Records in May 1967. After hitting the UK Top 20 with the classic Gin House Blues three months later, Fairweather-Low became a pin-up and the band swiftly ploughed more commercial ground with a succession of UK...