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Bluesology

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Stewart "Stu" Brown - vocals, guitar, Reg Dwight - keyboards, Rex Bishop - bass, Mick Inkpen - drums

Brown and Dwight from Pinner had been playing in the Corvettes but when this disbanded they teamed up with Inkpen and Bishop to form Bluesology. They started playing local  Middlesex pubs in 1962 and gained a residency at London's Establishment club the following year. After turning professional in 1965, they supported many visiting American blues artists. They signed to Fontana in 1965 and released their first single written by Dwight, Come Back Baby, in July of that year. Reg Dwight also wrote the second single Mr Frantic which was released in November 1965. Neither of these were successful.

Bluesology undertook a tour of Germany and, on their return, worked as a backing band for Major Lance with Bishop and Inkpen replaced by Fred Gandy and Paul Gale as well as the addition of Pat Higgs on trumpet and Dave Murphy on Saxophone.

Long John Baldry invited Bluesology to work as his backing band in September 1966. Dwight, Brown and Gandy agreed to this and they were joined by Pete Gavin on drums, Neil Hubbard on guitar, Elton Dean on saxophone, Marc Charig on cornet and Alan Walker on vocals. For a while Marsha Hunt also provided vocals. A third single was released as Stu Brown and Bluesology before the group recorded four tracks with Little Richard.

Dwight, Dean and Brown all left the band in 1967, concerned that the band was moving more towards cabaret. By this time, Dwight had started writing with Bernie Taupin and had been working as a session musician. Stu Brown was replaced by Caleb Quayle and the band finished in 1968. Reg Dwight took a new name from Elton Dean and Long John Baldry and, as Elton John, became a global megastar, still writing with Taupin.

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