9 March 1945, Pretoria, South Africa, d. 14 August 1988, Ramsgate, Kent, England. Domiciled in Londons bohemian Ladbroke Grove/Portobello Road area, South African Calvert became acquainted with Hawkwind, one of the areas atypical underground attractions. His poetry readings became part of the groups act during the early 70s and in 1972 he joined the line-up as an official member. Calvert wrote, and originally sang, Silver Machine, their UK Top 3 hit, although by that point his vocal had been overdubbed. He left Hawkwind the following year but three of the group - Dave Brock (guitar), Lemmy (bass) and Simon King (drums) - joined ex-Pink Fairies Twink (drums) and Paul Rudolph (guitar) on Captain Lockheed And The Starfighters, the artists highly praised solo debut. His second set, Lucky Leif And The Longships, which featured science-fiction writer Michael Moorcock, was produced by Brian Eno, but it proved less popular...
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