Years: Feb, 1968 - Oct, 1969
Styles: Acid Rock, Blues Rock, Progressive Rock, Psychedelic Rock
John Hinch - Drums (in band: Feb, 1968 - Mar, 1968)
Clem Clempson - Guitar, Harmonica, Harpsichord, Piano, Vocals (in band: Feb, 1968 - Oct, 1969)
Terry Poole - Bass Guitar (in band: Feb, 1968 - Oct, 1969)
Keith Baker - Drums (in band: Mar, 1968 - Oct, 1969)
The Bakerloo Blues Line was formed in February 1968 by David "Clem" Clempson and Terry Poole, who worked with several drummers, including John Hinch, before settling with Keith Baker. Managed by Jim Simpson, as were Earth (the future Black Sabbath), they joined his U.K. 'Big Bear Folly' tour with Earth, Locomotive and Tea And Symphony. The group appeared as support group at Led Zeppelin's debut on 18th October 1968 at the Marquee Club, London.
Band broke up in late 1969 when Clem Clempson quit to join Colosseum, which proved to be a stopping point on his way into the line-up of Humble Pie as Peter Frampton's successor, and later worked with Roger Daltrey, Tom Waits, and The Records, among other major acts. Terry Poole passed through Graham Bond's band in the early/middle-1970's, and Keith Baker later became a member of Uriah Heep.
Bakerloo were among the early signings to EMI's Harvest label, where they made their debut in the middle of 1969 with the single "Driving Backwards / Once Upon A Time" in July. They followed it up that fall with their self-titled album, which gave their jazz-inflected electric blues, reminiscent in some ways of Blodwyn Pig's work, a full workout. Cut under the guidance of producer Gus Dudgeon and released in November of that year, the album was one of the harder rocking releases in the early Harvest schedule. Bakerloo were one of the more sophisticated blues-oriented power trios, and that might've been their undoing in finding an audience.
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