|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||rockabilly rock and roll 80s rock pub rock|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
Named after a Carl Perkins classic, Matchbox were one of several 70s rock n roll revivalist bands from the UK to make the jump from club favourites to chart stars. The band was formed in 1971 by two former members of Contraband - bass player Fred Poke and his brother-in-law Jimmy Redhead. They were joined by an old schoolfriend of Pokes called Steve Bloomfield. Capable of playing almost any stringed instrument, Bloomfield had made a living as a session player for Pye Records and was on several Mungo Jerry hits. Matchboxs debut single came out on Dawn in 1973, after which Redheads departure left a line-up of Wiffle Smith (vocals), Rusty Lipton (piano), Bob Burgos (drums), Bloomfield (guitars), and Poke (bass). They subsequently recorded Riders In The Sky for Charly (they had previously recorded a Dutch-only album on Rockhouse). Smith and Lipton then departed, and former Cruisers vocalist Gordon Waters joined. The band was signed...