|Jeff Beck Group|
Years: 1967 – 1969, 1970 – 1972
Styles: Blues Rock, Hard Rock, Jazz Rock, Psychedelic Rock
Rod Stewart - Lead vocals (in band: 1967 - 1969)
Jeff Beck - Acoustic guitar , Backing vocals, Bass Guitar, Guitar, Lead guitar, Lead vocals, Pedal steel guitar (in band: 1967 – 1969, 1970 – 1972)
Clem Cattini - Drums (in band: Jan 1967)
Dave Ambrose - Bass Guitar (in band: Jan 1967; Apr 1967)
Mick Waller - Drums (in band: 1967 - 1969)
Tony Newman - Drums (in band: 1969)
Douglas Blake - Bass Guitar (in band: 1969)
Alex Ligertwood - Vocals (in band: 1970)
Clive Chaman - Bass Guitar (in band: 1970 - 1972)
Cozy Powell - Drums (in band: 1970 - 1972)
Max Middleton - Keyboards, Piano (in band: 1970 - 1972)
Bobby Tench - Lead vocals, Rhythm guitar (in band: 1971 - 1972)
John Woods - Bass Guitar (in band: Apr 1968 - Jun 1968)
Jet Harris - Bass Guitar (in band: Feb 1967)
Kim Gardner - Bass Guitar (in band: Jan 1967)
Viv Prince - Drums (in band: Jan 1967 - Feb 1967)
Ray Cook - Drums (in band: Mar 1967)
Ron Wood - Bass Guitar (in band: Mar 1967 - Apr 1968; Jun 1968 -)
Aynsley Dunbar - Drums (in band: Mar 1967 - Nov 1967)
Rod Coombes - Drums (in band: Mar 1967; Apr 1967)
Nicky Hopkins - Organ, Piano (in band: Sep 1968 - Jun 1969)
The first Jeff Beck Group formed in London in early 1967 and included guitarist Jeff Beck, vocalist Rod Stewart, with bass players and drummers changing regularly. The line-up went through months of personnel changes, notably no fewer than four drummers before settling on Aynsley Dunbar and switching Ron Wood to bass. This line up spent most of 1967 playing the UK club circuit and appeared several times on BBC Radio.
During 1967 the band released three singles in Europe and two in the United States, the first, "Hi Ho Silver Lining", being the most successful, reaching No. 14 on the UK singles chart; it included the instrumental "Beck's Bolero" as the B side, which had been recorded several months earlier. Drummer Dunbar left and was replaced by Roy Cook for one show, before Stewart recommended Micky Waller, a bandmate of his from Steampacket.
Peter Grant, a road manager at the time, convinced them booked a short US tour for them. Grant's first stop for them was in New York City, for four shows at Fillmore East, where they played second on the bill to The Grateful Dead.
The band quickly returned to England to record "Truth", which reached No. 15 in the US charts. The tracks were recorded within two weeks, with overdubs added the following month. The extra line up for these sessions included John Paul Jones on Hammond organ, drummer Keith Moon and Nicky Hopkins on piano. They returned to the US for a tour to promote the release of "Truth".
Beck then postponed a fourth, February 1969 US tour. This was also because he felt they shouldn't keep playing the same material with nothing new to add to it. New material was written,Micky Waller was replaced by power drummer Tony Newman and Wood was dismissed, only to be re-hired almost immediately. The success of "Truth" ignited new interest from Mickie Most and they recorded an album: "Beck-Ola" at De Lane Lea Studios, engineered by Martin Birch.
In May 1969 the Jeff Beck Group embarked on their fourth U.S tour, this time with Nicky Hopkins as a full-fledged member. The tour went smoothly, "Beck-Ola" was received extremely well, reaching No. 15 on The Billboard Charts, but it was reported that there was now terrible in-fighting within the band. Rod Stewart had recorded his first album "An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down" for Mercury Records. They finished and returned to England, only to return to the States in July 1969 for their fifth and final time. It was a short tour, mostly along the East Coast, including Maryland, their final Fillmore East appearance, and the Newport Jazz Festival. Beck broke up the band on the eve of the Woodstock Music Festival, at which they had been scheduled to perform, a decision Beck later stated that he regretted.
Late in 1970 Jeff Beck reformed The Jeff Beck Group with vocalist Alex Ligertwood, keyboardist Max Middleton, drummer Cozy Powell and bassist Clive Chaman. During June 1971 Beck signed a record deal with CBS and was looking for a new singer. After hearing Bobby Tench perform with his band Gass, "Upstairs" at Ronnie Scott's club in Soho London, Beck employed him as vocalist and second guitarist.
Tench was given only a few weeks to write new lyrics and add his vocals to the album "Rough and Ready", before mixing resumed on tracks previously recorded in London by Beck and the other band members. A sixteen-day promotional tour in USA followed and the album eventually reached No. 46 in the album charts.
On 24 July 1972 The Jeff Beck Group was officially disbanded and Beck's management put out this statement: The fusion of musical styles of the various members has been successful, within the terms of individual musicians, but they didn't feel it had led to the creation of a new musical style with the strength they had originally sought".
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