Years: Aug, 1972 - Feb, 1975
Styles: Art Rock, Classic Rock, Glam Rock, Jazz Rock, Pop Rock
Roy Wood - Acoustic guitar , Baritone saxophone, Bass Guitar, Bassoon, Cello, Double bass, Drums, Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Sitar, Tuba, Vocals (in band: 1972 - 1975)
Hugh 'H' McDowell - Cello, Moog synthesizer (in band: 1972 - 1973)
Bill Hunt - Bugle, Euphonium, French Horn , Harpsichord, Piano, Trumpet, Tuba (in band: 1972 - 1974)
Rick Price - Bass Guitar, Percussion, Recorder (in band: 1972 - 1975)
Nick Pentelow - Backing vocals, Clarinet, Flute, Tenor saxophone (in band: 1972 - 1975)
Mike Burney - Alto saxophone, Baritone saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Synthesizer, Tenor saxophone (in band: 1972 - 1975)
Keith Smart - Drums (in band: 1972 - 1975)
Charlie Grima - Congas, Drums, Percussion (in band: 1972 - 1975)
Bob Brady - Keyboards (in band: 1974 - 1975)
The band made their live debut at a rock and roll festival at Wembley Stadium on 5 August 1972, followed by an appearance at the Reading Festival later that month.
In January 1973 they scored their first Top 10 hit with "Ball Park Incident". Their biggest hit was with their second single. "See My Baby Jive", Wood's faithful and affectionate tribute to the Phil Spector generated 'Wall of Sound', made No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart for four weeks. Wizzard's debut album, "Wizzard Brew," contained none of the hit singles, choosing instead to focus on lengthy saxophone improvisations, jazz-flavoured jam sessions and even a military-style brass band number. The follow-up album, 1974's "Introducing Eddy & The Falcons," was much more commercial fare.
By autumn 1975 they had split, leaving a farewell single, "Rattlesnake Roll", which failed to chart, and a third album, "Main Street," which their record label did not release as they deemed it insufficiently commercial. Wizzard had initially intended their second album to be a double, with one disc a set of rock and roll pastiches and the other disc jazz-rock. The record label heard the rock and roll set and decided to release that as a single album, which appeared in 1974 as "Introducing Eddy & The Falcons". "Main Street", the jazz-rock set, languished in the vaults and was for some time presumed lost; it was finally released in 2000.
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