Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
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This versatile unit was formed in 1967 by Dave Cousins (7 January 1945, England; guitar/piano/vocals) and Tony Hooper (guitar/vocals). They initially worked as a bluegrass group, the Strawberry Hill Boys, with mandolinist Arthur Phillips, but later pursued a folk-based direction. Truncating their name to the Strawbs, the founding duo added Ron Chesterman on bass prior to the arrival of singer Sandy Denny (b. Alexandra Elene Maclean Denny, 6 January 1947, Wimbledon, London, England, d. 21 April 1978, London, England) whose short spell in the line-up is documented in All Our Own Work. This endearing collection, released in the wake of Denny’s success with Fairport Convention, features an early version of her exemplary composition, ‘Who Knows Where The Time Goes?’.

Cousins, Hooper and Chesterman signed to A&M Records and released their official debut, Strawbs, in 1969. This excellent selection featured several of the...

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