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(1976 – present)

Saxon is a band, formed in Barnsley, England in 1976.
As pioneers of, and at the forefront of the then the band enjoyed a period of prominence in the UK (including popular chart success) and Europe in the early 19, and later the USA and Japan.

Saxon started in South Yorkshire, England as SOB during 1976 with founder members Graham Oliver and Steve Dawson. This band joined forces with another local band, Coast, featuring Biff Byford on vocals and Paul Quinn on guitar. The two bands then finalised with a line-up comprising of the then 26 year old Graham ‘Oly’ Oliver, Steve ‘Dobby’ Dawson (27), Paul ‘Blute’ Quinn (26), Pete ‘Frank’ Gill (27) and Peter ‘Biff’ Byford (27). The name of the band was Son Of A Bitch. That name was dropped a few years later and the band re-christened themselves SAXON. They were at this time playing the usual clubs and concert gigs supporting The Ian Gillan Band and Heavy Metal Kids, amongst others, playing all their own material. Demo tapes were recorded at Tapestry Studios, with producer John Verity (Ex. Argent singer/guitarist). They hawked these round the usual record companies only to be ignored as the was at its height at this time. After a few months the band finally gained a favourable reaction from EMI man Peter Hinton.

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