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Spooky Tooth

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Greg Ridley - bass/vocals, Luke Grosvenor - guitar/vocals, Mike Kellie - drums, Mike Harrison - piano/vocals, Gary Wright - organ/vocals

Spooky Tooth was formed in 1967 after Art changed their name after just one single and album. Gary Wright was added to the Art line-up. The band’s first single was Sunshine Help Me. There were two albums released in the 1960s, It’s All About and Spooky Two. These were well-received by music critics but they were not commercially successful. The Band’s The Weight was released as a single.

The band then underwent a number of changes in its line-up. Greg Ridley left to form Humble Pie. He was replaced on bass by Andy Leigh who made his recorded debut on Ceremony. The band broke after the Ceremony collaboration with the French electronic musician Pièrre Henry.

Gary Wright formed Wonderwheel. However, later in 1970, Harrison, Grosvenor and Kellie reunited the group with Steve Thompson on bass and John Hawken. The two new members had been with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and The Nashville Teens respectively. Alan Spenner and Henry McCulloch from the Greaseband helped out on the album The Last Puff after which the group folded again. The members made a number of solo albums before reuniting again in 1972. This included Harrison and Wright from the original line-up. There were three more albums and numerous personnel changes before the final split in 1974.

However, they reunited to make a series of albums during the early 1970s with a fairly fluid line-up. The band finally split in 1974.

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