History of British Blues

 

Bands Directory

 

Directory of early British blues bands, their formation, composition and years active

 

This directory has been compiled to acknowledge the involvement and contribution of the early blues bands in creating the British Blues Scene.
Click here for a similar directory of early British blues artists.


Introduction to the details listed

Name – the commonly know name of the band

More information about each band can be found by clicking the band’s name, this will take you to the associated Wikipedia entry if present or to an other source if not. Also included below the band’s name, where appropriate, are links to other articles on this website with references to the blues band listed.

Formation – date and origins of the evolution of the band

Composition – original composition of the band. Note that many bands often had several other members come and go during the lifetime of the band (John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers for instancehas had 51 members or associated members since the inseption of the band in 1963). For full delails see the Wikipedia entry by following the Band Name link).

Years Active – period(s) in which the band was active

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The Early British Blues Bands Directory …

This directory is at an early stage in development – more to be added soon.

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A Formation Original Composition Years Active Associated with
The Animals 1962/63 - when Eric Burdon joned the Alan Price Rhythm & Blues Combo Eric Burdon (vocals)
Alan Price (keyboards)
Hilton Valentine (guitar)
John Steel (drums)
Chas chandler (bass)
1963-1969,
1975-1976,
1983,
1992-present
Animals and Friends
Eric Burdon & The New Animals
B Formation Original Composition Years Active Associated with
Chris Barber's Jazz Band 1954 - when Chis Barber took over leadership of the Ken Colyer's Jazzmen and Pat Halcox replaced Ken Colyer. Chris Barber (trombone)
Ken Colyer (trumpet)
Monty Sunshine (clarinet)
Lonnie Donegan (banjo)
Jim Bray (bass)
Ron Bowden (drums)
1954-2003,
2003- present as The Big Chris Barber Band
Ottilie Patterson
UK tours of:
Big Bill Broonzy
Sonny Terry & Brownie McGee
Muddy Waters
The Birds 1964 - originally 'The Thunderbirds' they changed their name to 'The Birds' after being on the same bill as Chris Farlowe & The Thunderbirds Ronnie Wood (guitar, vocals)
Ali McKenzie (vocals,harp)
Tony Munroe (guitar, vocalds)
Kim Gardner (bass, vocals)
Bob Langham (drums)
1964-1967 Small Faces
The Blues Band 1979 - by Dave Kelly (previously with the John Dummer Band) and Paul Jones (previously with Manfed Mann) Dave Kelly (guitar)
Paul Jones (Vocals, Harp)
Gary Fletcher (bass)
Tom McGuiness (guitar)
Hughie Flint (drums)
1979-1983,
1984-present
Manfred Mann
The Manfreds
Blues Incorporated 1961 - by Alexis Korner (previously with Chris Barber's Jazz Band) and Cyril Davies Alexis Korner (guitar)
Cyril Davies (harp)
Long John Baldry (vocals)
Jack Bruce (bass)
Dick Heckstall-Smith
Charlie Watts (drums)
1961-1966 Cyril Davies' All Stars
The Graham Bond Organisation
Herbie Goins
The Graham Bond Organisation 1963 - by Graham Bond (previously with the Don Rendell Quartet) Graham Bond (saxophone, vocals)
John McLaughlin (guitar)
Jack Bruce (bass)
Ginger Baker (drums)
1963-1974 Don Rendell Quartet
Blues Incorporated
Ginger Baker's Airforce
C Formation Original Composition Years Active Associated with
Chicken Shack 1965 - by Stan Webb, Alan Morley and Andy Sylvester Stan Webb (guitar)
Alan Morley (drums
Andy Sylvester (bass)
1965-1973
1976-present
Savoy Brown
Fleetwood Mac
Christine Perfect (McVie)
Keef Hartley
Climax Chicago Blues Band 1967 - by Colin Cooper, Pete Haycock, Derek Holt, Richard Jones, George Newsome and Arthur Wood Colin Cooper (vocals, harp)
Pete Haycock (guitar, vocals)
Derek Holt (guitar)
Richard Jones (bass)
George Newsome (drums)
Arthur Wood (keyboards)
1967-1972
1972-present as the Climax Blues Band
Cream 1966 - when Eric Clapton (previously with The Yardbirds / John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers) met Ginger Baker (previously with The Graham Bond Organisation - which included Jack Bruce as a member) Eric Clapton (guitar, vocals)
Jack Bruce (bass, vocals)
Ginger Baker (drums)
1966-1968
1993 (one-off reunion)
Powerhouse
The Graham Bond Organisation
John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
Blind Faith
D Formation Original Composition Years Active Associated with
Spencer Davis Group 1963 - by Spencer Davis (originally called The Rhythm & Blues Quartette) Spencer Davis (guitar, harp, vocals)
Steve Winwood (organ, vocals)
Muff Winwood (bass)
Pete York (drums)
1963-1969
1973-1974
2006-present
Traffic
Blind Faith
Aynsley Dunbar's Retaliation 1967 - after Aynsley left John Mayall's Bluesbreakers Aynsley Dunbar (drums)
Jon Morshead (guitar)
Victor Brox (vocals, guitar, keyboards)
Keith Tillman (bass)
1967-1969 John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
Jeff Beck Group
E Formation Original Composition Years Active Associated with
F Formation Original Composition Years Active Associated with
Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames 1961 - when backing Billy Fury as 'The Blue Flames' Georgie Fame (keyboards, vocals)
Colin Green (guitar)
Red Reece (drums)
Tex Makins (bass)
1961-1966 Jimi Hendrix Experience
Fleetwood Mac 1967 - when Peter Green left John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers and suggested to Mick Fleetwood and Jeremy 'Mac' Spencer that they should form a band Peter Green (guitar)
Mick Fleetwood (drums)
Jeremy Spencer (guitar)
John McVie (bass)
1967-1995
1996-present
John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
Savoy Brown
Chicken Shack
Free 1968 - by Paul Rodgers, Paul Kossoff, Andy Fraser and Simon KIrk Paul Rodgers (vocals)
Paul Kossoff (guitar)
Andy Fraser (bass)
Simon Kirk (drums)
1968-1971
1972-1973
Black Cat Bones
Bad Company
G Formation Original Composition Years Active Associated with
The Groundhogs 1962 - by Pete and John Cruickshank, formally known as The Dollar Bills Tony McPhee (guitar, vocals)
Pete Cruickshank (bass)
John Cruickshank (harp, vocals
Ken Pustelnick (drums)
1963-present US tours of:
John Lee Hooker
Champion Jack Dupree
Little Walter
Jimmy Read
H Formation Original Composition Years Active Associated with
Keef Hartley Band 1968 - by Keef Hartley after being drummer with John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers Keef Hartley (drums)
Ian Cruickshank (guitar)
Gary Thian (bass)
Peter Dines (keyboards)
Owen Finnegan (vocals)
1968-1972 John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
J Formation Original Composition Years Active Associated with
Jethro Tull 1967 - by Ian Anderson, John Evan and Jeffrey Hammond, formally The John Evan Band Ian Anderson (flute, guitar, vocals)
Jeffrey Hammond (bass)
John Evan (keyboards)
1967-2012
2017-present
K Formation Original Composition Years Active Associated with
The Kinks 1964 - by Ray and Dave Davies, formally The Ray Davies Quartet Ray Davies (vocals)
Dave Davies (guitar, vocals)
Mick Avory (drums)
1964-1996
L Formation Original Composition Years Active Associated with
Love Sculpture 1966 - by Dave Edmonds, John David and Rob Jones, formally The Human Beans Dave Edmonds (guitar, vocals)
John David (bass)
Rob Jones (dums)
1966-1970
M Formation Original Composition Years Active Associated with
Manfred Mann 1962 - by Manfred Mann and Mike Hugg (originally The Mann-Hugg Blues Brothers) Manfred Mann (keyboards)
Mike Hugg (drums, piano)
Paul Jones (vocals, harp)
Mike Vickers (saxophone, flute)
Dave Richmond (bass)
1962-1969 Manfred Mann Chapter Three
Manfred Mann's Earth Band
The Blues Band
The Manfreds
McGuiness Flint
John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers 1963 - by John Mayall John Mayall (guitar, vocals)
Peter Ward (drums)
John McVie (bass)
Bernie Watson (guitar)
Note: over 100 musicians have played under The Bluesbreakers name - see link for details
1963-1970
1982-2008
Fleetwood Mac
The Yardbirds
Cream
The Rolling Stones
Zoot Money's Big Roll Band 1961 - by Zoot Money Zoot Money (vocals)
Roger Collins (guitar)
Al Kirtley (piano)
Mike Montrgomery (bass)
Johnny Hammond (drums)
1961-1968
2003-present
Dantalian's Chariot
Blues Incorporated
Eric Burdon & The New Animals
British Blues Quintet
N Formation Original Composition Years Active Associated with
O Formation Original Composition Years Active Associated with
P Formation Original Composition Years Active Associated with
Pretty Things 1963 - by Dick Taylor and Phil May, formally known as Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys Dick Taylor (guitar)
Phil May (vocals, harp)
John Stax (bass)
Brian Pendleton (guitar)
Pete Kitley (drums)
1963-present The Rolling Stones
R Formation Original Composition Years Active Associated with
The Rolling Stones 1962 - by the initiative of Brian Jones Mick Jagger (vocals)
Brian Jones (slide guitar)
Keith Richards (guitar)
Ian Stewart (keyboards)
Dick Taylor (guitar)
Tony Chapman (drums)
1962-present
S Formation Original Composition Years Active Associated with
Savoy Brown 1965 - by Kim Simmonds and John O'Leary, formally known as Savoy Brown Blues Band Kim Simmonds (guitar, keyboards, harp, vocals)
John O'Leary (harp)
Bryce Portius (vocals)
Trevor Jeavons (keyboards)
Ray Chappell (bass)
Leo Manning (drums)
1966-present Fleetwood Mac
Sugarkane
The Steampacket 1965 - by Long John Baldry with Rod Stewart, Julie Driscoll and Brian Auger Long John Baldry (vocals)
Rod Stewart (vocals)
Julie Driscoll (vocals)
Brian Auger (organ)
Vic Briggs ( guitar)
Richard Brown (bass)
Micky Waller (drums)
1965-1966 Trinity
Jeff Beck Group
Faces
T Formation Original Composition Years Active Associated with
Taste 1966 - by the original band, formally known as The Taste Rory Gallagher (guitar, vocals)
Norman Damery (drums)
Eric Kitteringham (bass)
1966-present Stud
Ten Years After 1966 - by Alvin Lee and Leo Lyons, formally known as Ivan Jay and The Jaymen Alvin Lee (guitar, vocals)
Leo Lyons (bass)
Chick Churchill (keyboards)
Ric Lee (drums)
1966-present
Them 1964 - by the original band, formally known as The Gamblers Van Morrison (vocals, sax, harp)
Alan Henderson (bass)
Ronnie Milling (drums)
Billy Harrison (guitar, vocals)
Eric Wrixon (keyboards)
1964-1972 The Doors
Tramp 1969 - by Dave Kelly and Jo Ann Kelly Mick Fleetwood (drums
Bob Brunning (bass)
Danny Kirwan (guitar)
Dave Kelly (vocals)
Jo Ann Kelly (vocals)
Bob Hall (keyboards)
1969-1974 Brunning-Hall Sunflower Blues Band
Fleetwood Mac
V Formation Original Composition Years Active Associated with
W Formation Original Composition Years Active Associated with
Y Formation Original Composition Years Active Associated with
The Yardbirds 1963 - by Keith Relf, formally known as The Metropolis Blues Quartet Keith Relf (guitar, vocals, harp)
Chris Dreja (guitar)
Anthony 'Top' Topham (guitar)
Paul Samwell-Smith (bass)
Jim McCarthy (drums)Also launching the careers of:
Eric Clapton
Jimmy Page
Jeff Beck
1963-1968
1992-present
The Jeff Beck Group
Cream
Led Zeppelin
Renaissance
The Pretty ThingsUS tours of and recording with:
Sonny Boy Williamson II