Years: 1963 - 1968
Styles: Beat, Psychedelic Rock, Rhythm and Blues
Keef Hartley - Drums
Jon Lord - Hammond organ, Keyboards (in band: 1963 - 1967)
Art Wood - Vocals (in band: 1963-1967)
Derek Griffiths - Lead guitar
Malcolm Pool - Bass Guitar
The Artwoods were an English rock band who formed in 1963 and were professionally active between 1964 and 1967.
Art Wood started out as a member of Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated. Art would eventually front his own band, The Art Woods Combo until his groove ridden Red Bludd’s Bluesicians which evolved into Artwoods in 1963. The final Artwoods compliment comprised ex Bludd’s Bluesicians guitarist Derek Griffiths, vocalist Art Wood & keyboardist Jon Lord who started out with the Bill Ashton Combo, joined by ex Ice Blue drummer Keef Hartley and ex Roadrunner bassist Malcolm Poole.
Here are the original 12 dynamic performances from their rare 1966 album, together with the best of their EP and singles tracks. Singer Art Wood roars through cover versions of soul classics like "I Keep Forgettin", while Jon Lord raves it up on his Hammond organ showcase number "Walk On The Wildside".
The Artwoods' early records today stand up well against the work of more successful groups such as the Rolling Stones, the Yardbirds or the Birds (who included Art's younger brother Ronnie). But at the time they came out, despite appearances on programs like Ready, Steady, Go! their singles never seemed to connect with the record-buying public. The group broke up in mid-1967. Art Wood joined his brother Ted in the graphics-art business and continued to perform music on a semi-professional basis. He also played with the Downliners Sect. Keef Hartley went on to play with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and Jon Lord became a founder member of Deep Purple.
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