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Savoy Brown, originally known as the Savoy Brown Blues Band, are a Britishmarker blues band formed in 1966, in Batterseamarker, South West Londonmarker. Part of the late 1960s blues rock movement, Savoy Brown never achieved as much success in their homeland as they did in the United Statesmarker, where they promoted their albums with non-stop touring.

Career

The band was formed and led by guitarist Kim Simmonds, whose dominating personality led to a myriad of personnel changes. Others have attributed the constant lineup adjustments to the "creative accountancy" employed by the band's manager, Harry Simmonds, brother of Kim.

The original line-up included singer Bryce Portius, keyboardist Bob Hall, fellow guitarist Martin Stone, bassist Ray Chappell, harmonica player John O'Leary and drummer Leo Manning. Portius was one of the first black blues musicians to be a part of a British rock band. This line-up appeared on the band's 1967 debut album, Shake Down, a collection of blues covers.

Their 1969 single "Train to Nowhere" (with singer Chris Youlden), was viewed by many as the last gasp of the blues scene in the United Kingdommarker. They developed a loyal core following in the United Statesmarker, due to songs such as "I'm Tired", a driving, melodic song from their album, A Step Further. They were one of the bands that UK Decca (US London/Parrot) stuck with through the lean times until they started selling records (it took four or five albums until they started to sell in the U.S.marker) In the late 1960s and 1970s, the band managed to penetrate the Billboard Hot 100. Superstardom perpetually evaded them, perhaps in part because of their frequent line-up changes, but despite that, Hellbound Train (1972) was a Top 40 album for them in the U.S.

While the band is still active today, touring the world and recording regularly, only Simmonds has stayed since the beginning. Guitarist "Lonesome" Dave Peverett, bassist Tony Stevens, and drummer Roger Earl went on to form Foghat. Original member and harmonica player, John O'Leary, is still active on the British blues circuit with The John O'Leary Band. Another singer, Dave Walker, would later join Fleetwood Mac and Black Sabbath. Their bassists included Andy Pyle, who played with Mick Abrahams from Jethro Tull in Blodwyn Pig, later with The Kinks and Gary Moore, and Andy Sylvester, also with Chicken Shack. Savoy Brown also provided an outlet for the keyboardist and guitarist, Paul Raymond, who later went on to join UFO.

Savoy Brown contributed the song "A Man Alone" for the soundtrack to the movie, Kickboxer 2.

In 2008 "Train to Nowhere" was used in, and figured as a clue, in the TV series, CSI: NY, in Season 4, Episode 10 - “The Thing About Heroes”.

Their first album for the Blind Pig record label, Strange Dreams, was released in 2003. The band released their most recent record Steel in 2007.

Albums

  • Shake Down – 1967
  • Getting to the Point – 1968
  • Blue Matter – 1969 - U.S. #182
  • A Step Further – 1969 - U.S. #71
  • Raw Sienna – 1969 - U.S. #121
  • Looking In – 1970 - UK #50; U.S. #39
  • Street Corner Talking – 1971 - U.S. #75
  • Hellbound Train – 1972 - U.S. #34
  • Lion's Share – 1973 - U.S. #151
  • Jack the Toad – 1973 - U.S. #84
  • Boogie Brothers – 1974 - U.S. #101
  • Wire Fire – 1975 - U.S. #153
  • Skin 'n' Bone – 1976
  • Savage Return – 1978
  • Rock 'n' Roll Warriors – 1981 - U.S. #185
  • Greatest Hits - Live in Concert – 1981
  • Just Live – 1981
  • Live in Central Park – 1985 (Relix Records RRLP 2014)
  • Slow Train – 1986 (Relix Records RRLP 2023)
  • Make Me Sweat – 1988
  • Kings of Boogie – 1989
  • Live and Kickin' – 1990
  • Let It Ride – 1992
  • Bring It Home – 1994
  • Live at the Record Plant (recorded 1975) – 1998
  • The Bottom Line Encore Collection (live) – 1999
  • The Blues Keep Me Holding On – 1999
  • Looking from the Outside - Live '69 & '70 – 2000
  • Jack the Toad - Live 70/72 – 2000
  • Strange Dreams – 2003
  • You Should Have Been There – 2005
  • Steel – 2007


Members at various times (1966-2008)

Kim Simmonds in 1975.
  • Kim Simmonds – guitar, vocals
  • John O'Leary – harmonica
  • Bryce Portius – vocals
  • Martin Stone – guitar
  • Ray Chappell – bass
  • Leo Mannings – drums
  • Bob Hall – keyboards
  • Dave Peverett – guitar
  • Tony Stevens – bass
  • Roger Earl – drums
  • Chris Youlden – vocals
  • Rivers Jobe – bass
  • Paul Raymond – keyboards
  • Dave Walker – vocals
  • Dave Bidwell – drums
  • Bob Brunning – drums
  • Andy Sylvester – bass
  • Andy Pyle – bass
  • Jackie Lynton – vocals
  • Ron Berg – drums
  • Eric Dillon – drums
  • Stan Webb – guitar
  • Miller Anderson – guitar, vocals
  • Jimmy Leverton – bass
  • Ian Ellis – bass, guitar
  • Tom Farnell – drums
  • Nathanial Peterson – bass vocals
  • Tom Compton – drums
  • Pete McMahon – harmonica vocals
  • Dave Olson – drums
  • Jim Heyl – bass
  • Dennis Cotton – drums
  • David Malachowski – guitar
  • Gerry Sorrentino – bass
  • Mario Staiano – drums
  • Ralph Morman – vocals
  • John Humphrey – bass
  • Keith Boyce – drums
  • Barry Paul – guitar
  • Jimmy Kunes - vocals


References

  1. Martin "Jet" Celmins and Jeff Watt, http://www.savoybrown.com/band4.html
Loren Kraft - bass

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