Birmingham, England. Gibbons was the quintessential product of the English beat group era, with a powerful vocal style and a quiverful of imaginative and intelligent compositions. He started in 1958 as the vocalist with the Dominettes. After several changes of line-up this became the Uglys in 1962. With Dave Pegg (later of Fairport Convention) on bass the group recorded unsuccessfully for Pye Records and later for MGM Records. In 1969, the Uglys split and Gibbons joined ex-Moody Blues member Denny Laine and Trevor Burton, formerly of the Move, in Balls, an abortive attempt by ex-Move manager Tony Secunda to create a Brum supergroup. With the aid of session guitarists Albert Lee and Chris Spedding, Balls made Short Stories for Secundas Wizzard label before disbanding in 1971. Gibbons next briefly joined the Idle Race, which evolved into the Steve Gibbons Band, which has continued with line-up changes to this day. The early line-up included Burton...