Guide to British Music of the 1960s


Boz & The Boz People

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Boz Burrell - vocals/guitar, Ian McLagan - organ

Boz Burrell sang with a number of bands in the Norfolk area before joining Lombard & the Tea Men. They played a fusion of jazz and R&B. The band moved to London in 1965 when McLagan joined on keyboards. He had previously played with The Muleskinners. The band changed its name to Boz & the Boz People and gained a contract with Colombia.

The Boz People released four singles on EMI's Colombia label but without commercial success.

After the band split Burrell joined Norwich-based Feel for Soul and also spent some time deputising for Roger Daltry in The Who. He then embarked on a solo career. Burrell released two singles in 1968, cover's of Dylan's I Shall Be Released and the Doors' Light My Fire. These featured Ritchie Blackmore on guitar. After meeting Robert Fripp Burrell joined King Crimson in 1970 where Fripp taught him how to play bass. In 1972, Burrell joined Paul Rogers in Bad Company.

Ian McLagan went on to join the Small Faces following the departure of Jimmy Winston. He died following a stroke in late 2014.

Burrell died in Spain of a heart attack in 2006.

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