|Graham Bond Organization|
Years: Apr, 1964 - 1967
Styles: Blues Rock, Garage Rock, Mod Rock, Rhythm and Blues
John McLaughlin - Guitar (in band: 1964)
Ginger Baker - Drums (in band: 1964 - 1966)
Jack Bruce - Bass Guitar, Double bass, Harmonica, Vocals (in band: 1964 - 1966)
Graham Bond - Alto saxophone, Hammond organ, Mellotron, Vocals (in band: 1964 - 1967)
Dick Heckstall-Smith - Tenor saxophone (in band: 1964 - 1967)
Mike Falana - Trumpet (in band: 1966)
Jon Hiseman - Drums (in band: 1966 - 1967)
The Graham Bond Organisation were a British jazz/rhythm and blues group of the early 1960s in which Graham Bond was lead singer, keyboardist and alto-saxophonist.
Graham Bond first gained national attention as a jazz saxophonist as a member of the Don Rendell Quintet, then briefly joined Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated before forming the Graham Bond Quartet with musicians he met in the Korner group, Ginger Baker on drumsand, Jack Bruce on double bass, together with John McLaughlin on guitar; and adopting the Hammond organ as his main instrument. The group then became the Graham Bond Organization (GBO), while John McLaughlin was later replaced by Dick Heckstall-Smith on saxophones. Their album "There's A Bond Between Us" of October 1965 is considered the first recording of rock music that uses a Mellotron.
Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker left, to form Cream with Eric Clapton. Baker's replacement, Jon Hiseman. Lack of commercial success, plus internal struggles, brought an end to the group in 1967 as Bond's mental and physical health deteriorated. Jon Hiseman, and Dick Heckstall-Smith went on to form Colosseum.
Graham Bond reunited with his former bandmates in the early 1970s, playing with Ginger Baker's Air Force and also spending a short time touring with Jack Bruce's band. Bond died in May 1974, when he fell under a train at London's Finsbury Park underground station.
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