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Crazy World of Arthur Brown
United Kingdom

Years: 1967 - 1969; 2000 – present
Styles: Classic Rock, Pop Rock, Progressive Rock, Psychedelic Rock


Drachen Theaker - Drums (in band: 1967 - 1968)
Arthur Brown - Vocals (in band: 1967 - 1968-Jul)
Vincent Crane - Keyboards (in band: 1967 - 1968; 1968-Oct)
Nick Greenwood - Bass Guitar (in band: 1967 - Jul, 1968)


Dennis Taylor - Bass Guitar
Jonah Mitchell - Organ
George Khan - Saxophone
Carl Palmer - Drums (in band: 1968)
Jeff Cutler - Drums (in band: 1968 - 1970)
Dick Henningham - Organ (in band: 1969)
Peter Solley - Organ (in band: 1969 - 1970)
Jim Mortimore - Bass Guitar, Guitar, Vocals (in band: 2000 - present)
Samuel Walker - Backing vocals, Drums (in band: 2000 - present)
Lucie Rejchrtova - Keyboards (in band: 2000 - present)
Nina Gromniak - Guitar (in band: 2000 - present)
Malcolm Dick - Drums, Percussion (in band: 2000 - present)


Old Music Encyclopedia Picture      The Crazy World of Arthur Brown were an English psychedelic rock band formed by singer Arthur Brown in 1967. The band included Vincent Crane (Hammond organ and piano), Drachen Theaker (drums), and Nick Greenwood (bass).

      Brown quickly earned a reputation for both his powerful voice which spanned four octaves and his outlandish performances, including the use of a burning metal helmet, which led to occasional mishaps. He was also notable for the extreme make-up he wore onstage, which would later be reflected in the stage acts of Alice CooperKiss, Mercyful Fate's King Diamond and Marilyn Manson.

     By 1968, the debut album, "The Crazy World of Arthur Brown" became a hit on both sides of the Atlantic. Produced by The Who's manager Kit Lambert, and executive-produced by Pete Townshend on Track Records, the label begun by Lambert and Chris Stamp, it spun off an equally surprising hit single, "Fire", and contained a version of "I Put a Spell on You" by Screaming Jay Hawkins, a similarly bizarre showman. "Fire" sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. 

     Theaker was replaced because of his aviophobia in 1968 by drummer Carl Palmer, later of Atomic RoosterEmerson, Lake & Palmer and Asia for the band's second American tour in 1969, on which keyboardist Vincent Crane also left—although he soon returned.

     The line-up practically dissolved on US tour in 1969. Crane and Palmer left to form Atomic Rooster, Nicholas went on to Khan ,  and Brown to Kingdom Come.



The Crazy World of Arthur Brown (Sep, 1968)
Strangelands (1988)
Tantric Lover (2000)
Vampire Suite (2003)

Singles & EPs

Devil's Grip / Give Him A Flower (Sep 15, 1967)
Fire! / Rest Cure (Jun 14, 1968)
Nightmare / What's Happening (Nov, 1968)
Nightmare / Music Man (Nov 15, 1968)

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