Formed in 1969 at the height of the UK progressive rock boom, the original Atomic Rooster line-up comprised Vincent Crane (21 May 1943, Reading, Berkshire, England, d. 14 February 1989; organ), Nick Graham (bass) and Carl Palmer (b. Carl Frederick Kendall Palmer, 20 March 1950, Handsworth, Birmingham, West Midlands, England; drums). Crane and Palmer had just departed from the chart-topping Crazy World Of Arthur Brown and it was assumed that their new band would achieve sustained success. After only one album, however, the unit fragmented, with Graham joining Skin Alley and Palmer founding Emerson, Lake And Palmer. Crane soldiered on with new members John Cann (guitar, vocals; ex-Andromeda) and Paul Hammond (drums), featured on the albumDeath Walks Behind You. Their excursions into hard rock produced two riff-laden yet catchy UK hit singles - Tomorrow Night (number 11, February 1971) and The Devils Answer (number 4, July 1971), as...
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