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Decades: 1970s 2000s


After growing restless with the direction in which his band Jackson Heights was heading, Lee Jackson saw in Patrick Moraz (24 June 1948, Villars-Ste-Croix, Morges, Switzerland) the chance to rekindle the style of music that he and drummer, Brian ‘Blinky’ Davison (b. 25 May 1942, Leicester, England, d. 15 April 2008, Horns Cross, Devon, England), had pursued successfully in the Nice. Signed by Charisma Records, Refugee was launched with a blaze of publicity in the summer of 1973, but their sole album drew inevitable, and often unfavourable, comparisons with the band it attempted to emulate. Ironically, this promising combination was dealt a blow very similar to the one Jackson and Davidson had experienced when Keith Emerson had left the Nice. With Yes scouting around for a new member to replace Rick Wakeman, their eyes fell upon Moraz and by August 1974 he had accepted their offer, leaving Refugee in tatters, after which Jackson and Davidson parted...

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