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Stealers Wheel
United Kingdom

Years: 1972 - 1975
Styles: Classic Rock, Country Rock, Folk Rock, Pop Rock, Soft Rock

Founder

Joe Egan - Guitar, Kazoo, Keyboards, Mandolin, Organ, Piano, Vocals (in band: 1972 - 1975)
Gerry Rafferty - Guitar, Kazoo, Mandolin, Piano, Vocals (in band: 1972 - 1975)

Members

Rab Noakes - Guitar, Vocals (in band: 1972)
Roger Brown - Vocals (in band: 1972)
Ian Campell - Bass Guitar (in band: 1972)
Luther Grosvenor - Guitar, Vocals (in band: 1972 - 1973)
Tony Williams - Bass Guitar (in band: 1972; 2008 - present)
Paul Pilnick - Lead guitar (in band: 1972; 2008 - present)
Rod Coombes - Drums (in band: 1972; 2008 - present)
Delisle Harper - Bass Guitar (in band: 1973)
Joe Jammer - Guitar (in band: 1973 - 1975)
Andrew Steele - Chimes, Claves, Congas, Cowbell, Drums, Maracas, Tambourine, Triangle (in band: 1973 - 1975)
Gary Taylor - Bass Guitar (in band: 1973 - 1975)
Chris Neill - Harmonica, Harp (in band: 1973 - 1975)
Chris Mercer - Saxophone (in band: 1973 - 1975)
Bernie Holland - Guitar (in band: 1975)
Dave Wintour - Bass Guitar (in band: 1975)
Tony Mitchell - Guitar (in band: 2008 - present)

Biography

RockBoar.com Picture   Stealers Wheel are a Scottish folk rock - rock band formed in Paisley, Renfrewshire in 1972 by former school friends Joe Egan and Gerry Rafferty.

     They were initially joined by Roger Brown, Rab Noakes and Ian Campbell in 1972. However, that line-up only lasted a few months and by the time the band were signed to A&M Records later that same year, Brown, Noakes and Campbell had been replaced by Paul Pilnick, Tony Williams and Rod Coombes. This line-up recorded their eponymous debut album, "Stealers Wheel" and was produced by the influential American songwriters and producers Leiber & Stoller.

   The album was a critical and commercial success, reaching #50 in the US Billboard 200 album chart, with their million selling hit single "Stuck in the Middle with You", coming from the album.

    A second album "Ferguslie Park" was released in 1973. The album, named after an area of Paisley, just reached the US Billboard 200 and was a commercial failure. With increasing tension between Rafferty and Egan they could not agree on which studio musicians to use on the third album, and with Leiber & Stoller also having business problems, Stealers Wheel disappeared for eighteen months. By the time the album "Right Or Wrong" was released in 1975, Stealers Wheel had ceased to exist.

     Quentin Tarantino in his first directorial venture "Reservoir Dogs" used the track "Stuck in the Middle with You" as its soundtrack, bringing new notice to the band.


Albums

Stealers Wheel (1972)
Ferguslie Park (1973)
Right Or Wrong (1975)

Singles & EPs

Late Again (Oct 20, 1972)
You Put Somethin (Jan 19, 1973)
Stuck In The Middle With You (Apr 27, 1973)
Everything Will Turn Out Fine (Aug 10, 1973)
Everything Will Turn Out Fine (Aug, 1973)
Star (Nov 16, 1973)
Right Or Wrong (Mar 7, 1975)
Found My Way To You (May 16, 1975)

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