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Formed in 1964 in Detroit, Michigan, USA, and originally known as the Motor City Five, the band was sundered the following year when its rhythm section of Pat Burrows (bass) and Bob Gaspar (drums) left in protest over a new song, ‘Back To Comm’. Michael Davis (bass) and Dennis Thompson (drums) joined founder members Rob Tyner (Robert Derminer, 12 December 1944, Detroit, Michigan, USA, d. 18 September 1991, USA; vocals), Wayne Kramer (b. 30 April 1948, Detroit, Michigan, USA; guitar) and Fred ‘Sonic’ Smith (b. 13 September 1949, USA, d. 4 November 1994, USA; guitar) to pursue the radical direction this experimental composition offered. By 1967 their repertoire included material drawn from R&B, soul and avant garde jazz, as well as a series of powerful original songs. Two singles, ‘One Of The Guys’/‘I Can Only Give You Everything’ (1967) and ‘Borderline’/‘Looking At You’ (1968), captured their nascent,...

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