Formed in 1966 as the Savoy Brown Blues Band, this institution continues to be led by founding guitarist Kim Simmonds. The original line-up, comprising Simmonds (6 December 1947), Brice Portius (vocals), Ray Chappell (bass), John OLeary (harmonica), Bob Hall (piano) and Leo Mannings (drums), was featured on early sessions for producer Mike Vernons Purdah label, before a second guitarist, Martin Stone, joined in place of OLeary. The reshaped sextet then secured a recording contract with Decca Records. Their debut, Shake Down, was a competent appraisal of blues favourites, featuring material by Freddie King, Albert King and Willie Dixon. Unhappy with this reverential approach, Simmonds dismantled the band, retaining Hall on an auxiliary basis and adding Chris Youlden (vocals), Dave Peverett (b. 16 April 1943, Dulwich, London, England, d. 7 February 2000; guitar/vocals), Rivers Jobe (bass) and Roger Earl (drums). The new line-up completed Getting To...
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