Formed in Oldham, England, Barclay James Harvest originally comprised Stewart Woolly Wolstenholme (15 April 1947, Oldham, Lancashire, England; keyboards/vocals), John Lees (b. 13 January 1947, Oldham, Lancashire, England; guitar/vocals), Les Holroyd (b. 12 March 1948, Bolton, Lancashire, England; bass/vocals) and Mel Pritchard (b. Melvyn Paul Pritchard, 20 January 1948, Oldham, Lancashire, England, d. 27 January 2004, Greenfield, Saddleworth, Lancashire, England; drums). This quartet was made up of musicians from two Lancashire bands, Heart And Soul, and the Wickeds/Blues Keepers. As members of the former, Wolstenholme and Lees were invited to join the rival Wickeds, briefly making a sextet. After two original members departed, this left them with the unit that became Barclay James Harvest.
Following their inauspicious debut on EMI Records Parlophone Records label, the band became one of the first signings to the aptly named...
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