Steamhammer Biography

Kieran White (d. December 1995; vocals, harmonica), Martin Pugh (lead guitar), Martin Quittenton (rhythm guitar), Steve Davy (bass) and Michael Rushton (drums) made their recording debut in 1969 with the excellent Steamhammer. The set featured an impressive group original, ‘Junior’s Wailing’, which was later adopted by Status Quo during their transformation from pop group to boogie band. Pugh and Quittenton also contributed to Rod Stewart’s first debut, An Old Raincoat Won’t Let You Down, and the latter guitarist subsequently remained with the singer, co-writing the million-selling ‘Maggie May’, and adding the song’s distinctive mandolin sound. Pugh, White and Davy were then joined by Steve Jollife (saxophones/flute) and Mick Bradley (d. February 1972; drums) for Steamhammer Mk. II which, although offering the blues base of its predecessor, showed an increased interest in improvisation, as evidenced in the extended ‘Another Travelling Tune’. This propensity for a more progressive direction was maintained on ensuing releases, the last of which was only issued in Europe, where the group had amassed a considerable following. Defections, sadly, undermined their potential and Steamhammer broke up during the mid-70s.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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