The Blues Band

Genres: Blues
Descriptive "tags": blues blues rock blues-rock british blues rock Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s


This vastly experienced British blues-rock outfit was put together - initially ‘just for fun’ - in 1979 by former Manfred Mann band colleagues Paul Jones (Paul Pond, 24 February 1942, Portsmouth, England; vocals, harmonica) and Tom McGuinness (b. 2 December 1941, London, England; guitar). They brought in slide guitarist and singer Dave Kelly (b. 1948, London, England; ex-John Dummer Blues Band and Rocksalt), who suggested the bass player from his then current band Wildcats, Gary Fletcher (b. London, England). On drums was McGuinness’ hit-making partner from the early 70s, Hughie Flint (b. 15 March 1942, Manchester, England). Such a confluence of ‘name’ players brought immediate success on the pub/club/college circuit and, despite the group’s humble intentions, recordings followed. The Official Blues Band Bootleg Album was literally just that: inability to pay studio bills had forced them to press copies privately from a second copy...

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