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Bees Make Honey

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London, United Kingdom (1971 – 1974)

Bees Make Honey were an influential band in the early movement in the UK.

The band were formed in 1971 in north London by Barry Richardson, who had a residency in a jazz band at the “Tally Ho” public house, when Eggs Over Easy started playing pub rock there. He invited Ruan O’Lochlainn, Deke O’Brien and Mick Molloy, former members of Irish showband The Alpine Seven, to see Eggs over Easy and they formed a band with American drummer Bob “Cee” Siebenberg, who would later rise to fame in Supertramp. They initially performed as an un-named band at the “Tally Ho”, where Richardson had previously performed, eventually naming themselves Bees Make Honey in January 1972

While touring heavily on the emerging pub rock circuit, Bees Make Honey signed with record label EMI who issued their first single “Knee Trembler” / “Caldonia” (EMI 2078 (1972)), and their debut album Music Every Night (EMI 3013 (1972)). The album was recorded at Rockfield Studios and produced by their manager Dave Robinson, who also managed Brinsley Schwarz, but by the time the album was released, O’Lochlainn and Siebenberg had left. Drummer Fran Byrne, guitarist Rod Demick (ex Screaming Lord Sutch) and keyboardist Malcolm Morley (ex Help Yourself) joined , and toured to promote the album. In 1974 original members O’Brien and Molloy left, and Morley joined Man, so guitarists Willie Finlayson and Ed Dean, and keyboardist Kevin McAlea, joined. This line up recorded the second album, but EMI dropped both the unreleased album and the band. Another album was cut for DJM Records, but when this was also not released, the band broke up in late 1974.

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