|Tags:||hard rock psychedelic rock psychedelic classic rock rock proto-metal texas 60s|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s|
This band was formed in Houston, Texas, USA, in 1969, and comprised Pete Bailey (vocals/harmonica), Dave Mitchell (guitar), Ray Turner (bass) and Doug Tull (drums). They had previously worked together as United Gas (with second guitarist Phillip White) and were also briefly known as Come, under which name they recorded Crazy Man/Country Boy, before adopting the above appellation. The self-financed Dead Man featured a hard rock version of the Rolling Stones Gimme Shelter, but is also notable for its lengthy title track. The heavy-styled follow-up, Josefus, was a comparative disappointment, and despite an undoubted popularity in Texas, the group was unable to reach a wider audience. They split up in December 1970, although Bailey and Turner were reunited in Stone Axe. In 1978 the vocalist rejoined Mitchell in a re-formed Josefus which completed two singles - Hard Luck and Let Me Move You - on their...