Originally emerging from the classically influenced progressive band Sisyphus, Curved Air formed in 1969 with a line-up comprising Sonja Kristina (14 April 1949, Brentwood, Essex, England; vocals), Darryl Way (b. 17 December 1948, Taunton, Somerset, England; violin), Florian Pilkington-Miksa (b. 3 June 1950, Roehampton, London, England), Francis Monkman (b. 9 June 1949, Hampstead, London, England; keyboards) and Rob Martin (bass). After establishing themselves on the UK club circuit, the band was signed by Warner Brothers Records for a much-publicized advance of £100, 000. Their debut album, Airconditioning, was heavily promoted and enjoyed a particular curiosity value as one of rocks first picture disc albums. Martin was subsequently replaced by Ian Eyre (b. 11 September, Knaresborough, Yorkshire, England). In the summer of 1971, the band enjoyed their sole UK Top 5 hit with Back Street Luv, while their Second Album cleverly fused...
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