|Ian Gillan Band|
Years: 1975 - 1978
Styles: Hard Rock, Jazz Rock, Progressive Rock
Mike Moran - ARP Solina string synthesizer, Fender Rhodes , Hammond organ, Hohner Claviner, Keyboards, Piano (in band: 1975 - 1976)
Ian Gillan - Harmonica, Vocals (in band: 1975 - 1978)
Ray Fenwick - Guitar, Slide guitar, Vocals (in band: 1975 - 1978)
John Gustafson - Bass Guitar, Vocals (in band: 1975 - 1978)
Mark Nauseef - Drums, Percussion (in band: 1975 - 1978)
Colin Towns - Flute, Keyboards (in band: 1976 - 1978)
Micky Lee Soule - Keyboards (in band: Feb, 1976 - May, 1976)
After leaving Deep Purple in June 1973, Ian Gillan had retired from the music business to pursue other business ventures, including motorcycle engines, a country hotel / restaurant (with a guitar shaped swimming pool), and ownership of the Kingsway Recorders studio, where from April 1974 he began to work on his first post-Deep Purple solo tracks.
Initially called Shand Grenade, a combination of Shangri-la and Grenade, Gillan was persuaded by the management to change the band's name to the Ian Gillan Band. He recruited guitarist Ray Fenwick, bass player John Gustafson, keyboard player Mike Moran and Elf drummer Mark Nauseef. Using Roger Glover as producer and session musician, this line-up recorded their first album "Child In Time".
The band had some success in Japan but none at all in North America and only cult status in Europe, their jazz fusion direction unappealing to pop and rock fans alike. Their next album, "Scarabus", had more of a rock sound but retained the jazz fusion direction. The following year Gillan dissolved the band but retained Colin Towns and formed a new band called simply Gillan. A live album was released after the breakup.
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