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The extraordinary blues-rock band Steamhammer was formed at the end of 1968 in Worthing. Martin Quittenton (g) and Kieran White (voc., g, harm.) came out of the British folk circuit. Quittenton had worked together with the Liverpool Scene and, like the other members Martin Pugh (g), Steve Davy (b) and Michael Rushton (dr), had played with numerous R&B groups.

Blues hero Freddie King ordered Steamhammer as his backing band on tour through Great Britain. Come Spring time, 1969, they signed a record contract with CBS. The first album, “Steamhammer”, was a mixture of classic blues by B.B.King and Eddie Boyd and modern blues written by White and Quittenton with the help of Pugh. At the end of the British blues boom, only a few hardcore fans took interest on the finest lyrical blues-rock statement of the century.

Not selling as many records as they’d hoped to, Steamhammer nevertheless became a top European open-air attraction, mainly due to their brilliant live performance. For over two hours each night they would indulge in wide excursions in instrumental improvisations, embodied by the impressive guitar riffage of Martin Pugh and the sensitive harmonica of Kieran White. In the Summer of 1969, Quittenton left the band, followed by drummer Michael Rushton. They were replaced by Steve Jollife (sax, fl.) and Mick Bradley.


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  • Delta_Orionis

    Dear God, "She is the fire" is one of the sexiest things I've heard in a while.

    25 Jul 11:20am Reply
  • jjjjjjjjjjjjonj

    dang, nude pictures in the liner notes is weird. the drummer has a very oddly shaped penis, it kinda looks like something to worry about honestly

    29 Jun 6:14am Reply
  • ElwoodHelmut

    The most popular song from Steamhammer. My favourite song is "Contemporary chick con song". I`m looking for a Video or guitar-tabs. But I can`t find.

    19 Jan 1:41pm Reply
  • MonoPeligroso

    Does anybody know any live bootleg?

    19 Jan 11:31am Reply
  • MonoPeligroso

    Impressively varied and talented.

    19 Jan 11:30am Reply
  • nicorebel

    hot looking band

    13 Aug 2013 Reply
  • rogerjazzfan

    "Speech" (1972) is a monster album.

    10 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Color_Of_Sound

    Really great and extremaly underrated band. (2)

    5 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Uruakan

    "even the clock" not in the top songs - what the bloody fuck is wrong?!

    12 May 2011 Reply
  • Dima_Phoenix

    cant believe these guys have under 50,000 plays, its criminal... [4]

    29 Nov 2010 Reply
  • bobwill6

    still got the fill your head with rock album, superb track great album.

    14 Oct 2010 Reply
  • mynameisjoehann

    Great band!

    10 Oct 2010 Reply
  • InnKa_92

    cant believe these guys have under 50,000 plays, its criminal... [3]

    29 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Old_Bastard

    cant believe these guys have under 50,000 plays, its criminal... [2]

    8 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Hellraiser917

    cant believe these guys have under 50,000 plays, its criminal...

    25 Jun 2010 Reply
  • ripplemusic

    If you dig these guys, you gotta check out JPT Scare Band. Crazy acid rock/protometal stuff. Legendary guitar work.

    24 Jun 2010 Reply
  • craniumpie

    superb band

    19 Jun 2010 Reply
  • alucardmetal

    6,666 listeners! wow

    20 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Magickat

    Heard Junior's Wailing a good few years back and have been searching for more tracks since - amazing band, shocked they are from Worthing lol

    7 Apr 2010 Reply
  • FruitfulTree

    i am learning _ didn;t realise they were Freddie King's backing group. No wonder they excelled. Freddie King's Guitar Boogie is beyond human achievement !!!!!!

    20 Mar 2009 Reply
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