Kim Gardner, born in London, joined fellow teen-age musicians Ron Wood, Ali McKenzie, Tony Munroe and Pete McDaniels to form the Thunderbirds. Shortening their name to the Birds, the band released four singles, including "Leaving Here" and "No Good Without You Baby," both in 1965.
Gardner and Wood quit The Birds and joined The Creation, a mod band popular in Europe, especially Germany. In 1967, Gardner recorded some tracks with Jon Lord, Ronnie Wood and Twink under the name Santa Barbara Machine Head.
Gardner's next group was Ashton, Gardner & Dyke with Tony Ashton and Roy Dyke in 1968. The trio, whose albums featured a light, jazz-rock style, scored a top-three hit in Britain with "Resurrection Shuffle'' in 1971. The group broke up a year later.
In 1974 Gardner joined Badger. The band released one record "White Lady" on the Epic label, produced by Allen Toussaint. Before the record was released Gardner and Lomax left the band to form White Lady, a short lived effort.
Gardner died of cancer on 24 October 2001.
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