Robert Calvert

Genres: Pop / Rock
Tags: space rock psychedelic rock progressive rock hawkwind psychedelic experimental rock Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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9 March 1945, Pretoria, South Africa, d. 14 August 1988, Ramsgate, Kent, England. Domiciled in London’s bohemian Ladbroke Grove/Portobello Road area, South African Calvert became acquainted with Hawkwind, one of the area’s atypical ‘underground’ attractions. His poetry readings became part of the group’s 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 artist’s 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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