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The Steam Packet

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Vocals - Rod Stewart; vocals - Julie Driscoll; vocals - Long John Baldry; organ - Brian Auger; guitar - Vic Briggs; drums - Mick Waller; bass - Ricky Brown

The Steam Packet has often been described as the "first supergroup" although most of the members became famous after they left the band. Long John Baldry formed the group after the Hoochie Coochie Men split. Rod Stewart and Julie Driscoll had also been in the Hoochie Coochie Men, The band soon built up a following playing clubs and theatres around the country and supported the Rolling Stones on their 1965 tour of the UK.

There was never a studio album recorded due to contractual difficulties. After the band split some rehearsal recordings made at The Marquee were issued as The First Supergroup.

Stewart was the first to leave in 1966 and this led to the band splitting. Baldry was the first to have a solo success with the single Let The Heartaches Begin. Brian Auger formed the Trinity with Driscoll and Briggs. Stewart later joined the Jeff Beck Group and, in the 1970s, the Faces. Micky Waller also joined Stewart in the Jeff Beck Group.

Long John Baldry died in July 2005. Micky Waller died in 2007.

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