Years: 1968 - 1977
Styles: Blues Rock, Folk, Pop Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Soft Rock
Peter Hope-Evans - Harmonica, Jew's harp, Vocals (in band: 1968 - 1971, 1972 - 1977)
John Fiddler - Drums, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Vocals (in band: 1968 - 1977)
Medicine Head were a British blues rock band – initially a duo (John Fiddler and Peter Hope-Evans) – active in the 1970s. Their biggest single success was in 1973, with "One and One is One", a Number 3 hit on the UK Singles Chart. The group recorded six original albums,
Fiddler and Hope-Evans met when they both attended Wednesfield Grammar School, Wolverhampton, and then Stafford Art School. After both dropped out of their courses, they began performing together on an informal basis and around 1968 started performing blues and rock'n'roll songs in pubs and clubs in and around Birmingham.
The duo's first album, "New Bottles Old Medicine", was recorded in a single two-hour session, and they toured with Peel at many of his gigs, Peel paying them out of his own fee. Their second album, "Heavy On The Drum", was recorded with Keith Relf, formerly of The Yardbirds, as producer, and featured the single "(And The) Pictures in the Sky", which rose to no.22 on the UK Singles Chart in 1971. The record was the first hit on the Dandelion label.
Hope-Evans left the band for over a year, and Fiddler, Relf (on bass), and drummer John Davies recorded the band's third album and last on Dandelion, "Dark Side of the Moon". It was released in 1972, the year before the Pink Floyd album of the same name. Medicine Head signed for Polydor Records, and Hope-Evans returned for the album "One & One Is One", produced by Tony Ashton and recorded with various session musicians. The title track became the band's biggest hit, reaching no.3 in the UK in 1973, and they followed it up with "Rising Sun" (no. 11).
For the next album, "Thru' A Five", the duo were augmented on a regular basis by Rob Townsend – previously of Family – on drums, Roger Saunders on guitar, and George Ford on bass. The album featured Slim Harpo's song "Slip and Slide", which became the band's final hit, reaching no.22 in the UK in 1974. For their final album, "Two Man Band", recorded at Pete Townshend's Eel Pie Studios, they reverted to being a duo. Medicine Head finally folded in 1977.
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