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Climax Blues Band


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Stafford, England (1968 – present)

The Climax Blues Band (originally Climax Chicago Blues Band) from Stafford, England, was formed in late 1968. One of the leading lights of the late 1960s UK blues boom, the original members were guitarists Derek Holt and Peter Haycock (1951-2013), keyboardist Arthur Wood (1929-2005), bassist Richard Jones, and drummer George Newsome; Colin Cooper (1939–2008) on vocals and saxophone made up the sextet. In 1970, the band shortened its name to the Climax Blues Band. The band had a Top 10 hit in 1976 in the UK with “Couldn’t Get It Right”; the track also reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. The band should not be confused with the LA session musician band Climax.

In 1970 EMI switched the band to its new, “progressive” Harvest label, and with the popularity of the blues boom receding, Cooper and the band began to emphasise the more rock-based elements of their style on such albums as Tightly Knit (1971) and Rich Man (1972).

They also began to focus on the lucrative US market, touring in support of acts such as Canned Heat and the Steve Miller Band. After defecting from EMI to Polydor, the band had its breakthrough in 1973 via FM/Live, recorded at a New York show that was also broadcast live on radio. The recording lucidly captured their powerful stage show and was their biggest-selling album to date, catapulting them from support act to headliners. Slimmed down to a four-piece, the name was also shortened to the Climax Blues Band.


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  • luckystoned

    Couldn't Get It Right :)

    7 Apr 2014 Reply
  • nicorebel

    My former Uni lecturer was in this band. haw haw

    5 Feb 2014 Reply
  • KeithJones

    RIP, Pete Haycock. Great guitarist. Remember seeing the band on Sunday evenings at the George in Burslem :)

    1 Nov 2013 Reply
  • MetalRocknAles

    Why on Earth had I never heard of this band until only a few weeks ago? I checked out their 'Gold Plated' album and it is a classic! They should be more well known!

    25 Jul 2013 Reply
  • realcyndre


    10 Jan 2012 Reply
  • AztecPortal

    Is the bald guy (with a sock in his mouth ?) on the "Tightly Knit" album cover Spirit drummer Ed Cassidy ?

    29 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Seederman

    @ xALSHALLPERISHx Awesome for your cousin, I'm sure... But maybe a little sad for the band... ;-) I'm sure they had fun at the party, though...

    29 Sep 2011 Reply

    A friend of my father booked them in his garage about 20 yrs ago at his birthday. Must have been awesome.

    3 Jun 2011 Reply
  • pyaaachan


    6 Apr 2011 Reply
  • avant_gardener

    Mole on the Dole!

    8 Oct 2010 Reply
  • razzu

    shoot her if she runs is f'ing amazing!!!

    5 Sep 2010 Reply
  • rtcordo

    My 1st true rock concert was CBB in 1974 opening for Lou Reed. All I can remember is great music and VERY shiny guitars. Fantastic!

    21 Feb 2010 Reply
  • Jamesmon007

    I hate it. It seems all the really talented musicians are dying out on drugs, suicide, or cancer and diseases.....Ah, man Colin died..that's sucks. I was wanting to add him on Facebook-but that hope is all gone.

    4 Feb 2010 Reply
  • Blueslover56

    It's one year today since Colin Cooper lost his battle with the dreaded big C, R.I.P. Colin you are sorely missed

    3 Jul 2009 Reply
  • rjststoner

    great song about his life awesome the passion of the song is strong

    25 Dec 2008 Reply
  • marillano

    Stimme & Sound,....der Hammer !

    29 May 2008 Reply
  • bobthewalrus

    I don't really care for the studio albums, but FM Live may be my favorite live album of all time.

    10 Feb 2008 Reply
  • BadgerJohn31

    Not amazing, but still underrated.

    9 Feb 2008 Reply
  • BrilliantColors

    I Love You sounds like they were channeling the spirit of Badfinger's Pete Ham. Such a great song.

    17 Nov 2006 Reply

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