Years: 1963 - present
Styles: Blues Rock, Classic Rock, Hard Rock, Progressive Rock, Psychedelic Rock
John Cruickshank - Harmonica, Vocals (in band: 1963 - 1964)
Dave Boorman - Drums (in band: 1963 - 1965)
Bob Hall - Keyboards (in band: 1963 - 1965)
Pete Cruickshank - Bass Guitar (in band: 1963 - 1966; 1968 - 1974; 2003 - 2004)
Tony McPhee - Acoustic guitar , Bass Guitar, Guitar, Harmonium, Mellotron, Synthesizer, Vocals (in band: 1963 - 1966; 1968 - 1974; 1976; 1982; 2004; 2007 - present)
Mick Jones - Drums (in band: (1989 - 1994; 2000 - 2003; 2009 – 2011)
Tom Parker - Keyboards (in band: 1965)
Ken Pustelnik - Drums (in band: 1965 - 1972; 2003 - 2004)
Steve Rye - Harmonica, Vocals (in band: 1969)
Dave Thompson - Bass Guitar (in band: 1972)
Clive Brooks - Drums (in band: 1972 - 1974)
Mick Cook - Drums (in band: 1976)
Martin Kent - Bass Guitar (in band: 1976)
Dave Wellbelove - Guitar (in band: 1976)
Rick Adams - Guitar (in band: 1976)
"Mighty" Joe Young - Guitar (in band: 1982 - 1983)
Wilgar Campbell - Drums (in band: 1982 - 1984)
Alan Fish - Bass Guitar (in band: 1982 - 1994)
Mick Kirkton - Drums (in band: 1984 - 1989)
Dave Anderson - Bass Guitar (in band: 1987 - 1988; 2001 - 2003; 2007 - present)
Jon Camp - Bass Guitar (in band: 1989; 2001)
Pete Correa - Drums (in band: 1994 - 1996; 1996 - 2000)
Eric Chipulina - Bass Guitar, Guitar (in band: 1994 - 1996; 1996; 2000)
Pete Chymon - Bass Guitar (in band: 1996)
Dale Iviss - Drums (in band: 1996)
Brian Jones - Bass Guitar (in band: 2000 - 2001)
Joanna Deacon - Vocals (in band: 2001 - 2003; 2011 – present)
Marco Anderson - Drums (in band: 2007 - 2009)
Carl Stokes - Drums (in band: 2011 - present)
In the early 1960s Tony(TS) McPhee was working for Post Office Telephones and joined his work mate John Cruickshank's band, which was then called The Dollarbills. Neither liking the name or the 'pop' music they played, he persuaded them to start playing blues and R&B after he had seen Cyril Davies and the All-Stars playing at the Marquee club and suggested Groundhogs as a name for the band, after a track on John Lee Hooker's album "House of the Blues".
Tony and the band played all of the gigs on the blossoming blues circuit and then backed Hooker on the final week of his first British tour. John liked the band so much that he always asked for them to back him on British tours and preferred to travel with them in their Commer van. In 1965 the Hogs backed Hooker on an album which was initially called John Lee Hooker, but which has also been re-released as "Hooker & the Hogs, & 'The London Sessions"
The first album "Scratchin' the Surface" (1968) was a basic blues album with line up bass player Pete Cruickshank, drums Ken Pustelnik (previously with Bristol band The Deep) and Steve Rye on harmonica. The second album "Blues Obituary" saw the departure of Steve Rye and a more 'progressive' approach. Tony wrote all of the songs for the third album "Thank Christ for the Bomb" which entered the charts after John Peel played one of the tracks "Soldier" on his Sunday afternoon Radio show and it sold 30,000 copies.
The follow-up "Split" went straight in the charts and would have made number one, however the record company had not re-stocked in time! Despite this ridiculous cock-up the album re-entered the charts stayed for 6 months. sold 100.000 and became 6th best-selling album of 1971, Tony was voted 5th best guitarist of the same year. In that year they toured with the Rolling Stones and Glyn John, who was recording the Stones recorded one of the Groundhogs sets and Mick Jagger presented Tony with the tapes. These were first used as a promo for the States (rare item as only 100 were produced) and released later as "Live at Leeds".
Tony and the Groundhogs have released over 20 new albums since then and have appeared on numerous compilations and collaborations (see shertila link below). Notably "Hogwash" and "Who Will Save The World?" in 1972, which was a UK Top Ten entry, reaching No. 8 and staying in the charts for 9 weeks. The famous comic strip style album cover was designed by Marvel Comics artist Neil Adams of "Spiderman"
Fame. "Solid" was released in 1973, this was also the year which saw a resurgence in Tonys solo career with "The Two sides of Tony McPhee" which featured one side with a collection of blues and electric solo numbers and side two an innovative synthesizer based work called "The Hunt", which expressed his disgust and hatred of blood 'sport'. In 1974 the band disbanded, till 1975 and two albums "Crosscut Saw" and "Black Diamond" were released in 1976. After releasing the double live album "Hoggin' the Stage" (1984). The Groundhogs lead by Tony McPhee (with various line ups) have been gigging ever since.
In 2003 Tony McPhee put together a short lived (18 months) 'Original Line-Up' to celebrate 40 years of The Groundhogs. This band was disbanded again in 2004 and Tony concentrated for a short time on an acoustic duo with Joanna Deacon which featured a major tour in 2004 with Edgar Winter and Alvin Lee and an acoustic blues album "Blues at Ten". Tony again put together a new line up in 2007, with long-time Groundhogs bassist Dave Anderson ex-Hawkwind and Marco Anderson on drums
This trio toured England in 2008 with Focus and Martin Turners Wishbone Ash. In March 2009 Dave Anderson had two heart attacks and in May Tony McPhee had a stroke which affected his speech only. After a period of recovery The Groundhogs resumed touring in 2010 with Joanna Deacon standing in as vocalist for TS. Tony McPhee gradually took on more of the singing as his speech returned; touring the UK with Stray and also touring Germany. The Most recent line up (2011) of The Groundhogs comprises Tony McPhee, Dave Anderson (bass), drummer Carl Stokes and vocalist Joanna Deacon.
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