The Chambers Brothers

Genres: Blues Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Tags: soul funk psychedelic classic rock psychedelic rock psychedelic soul 60s rock rhythm and blues Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Born and raised in Lee County, Mississippi, USA, the four brothers, George (26 September 1931; bass), Willie (b. 3 March 1938; guitar), Lester (b. 13 April 1940; harmonica) and Joe (b. 22 August 1942; guitar), moved to Los Angeles during the early 50s. The unit’s gospel-based origins were evident in their first recordings, which included an unpolished reading of Curtis Mayfield’s ‘People Get Ready’. In 1965, they were joined by drummer Brian Keenan and an appearance at that year’s Newport Folk Festival reinforced the Chambers Brothers ‘R&B combo’ approach, the basis for their later direction. The title track to a 1968 album, Time Has Come Today, with its exciting, extended instrumental break, introduced the Chambers Brothers to the white, counter-culture audience. They cultivated a hippie image and part of a subsequent album, Love Peace And Happiness, was recorded live at the Fillmore East, then one of rock’s prestigious...

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