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The Artwoods

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The Artwoods were formed in 1963, and over the next two years became an extremely popular live attraction, rivaling groups such as the Animals, although, despite releasing a clutch of singles and an album, their record sales never reflected this popularity. Singer Arthur Wood, from whom the band took their name, was the elder brother of The Rolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood. He had been a vocalist with Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated for a short period during 1962, simultaneously fronting his own group, the Art Wood Combo…

When keyboardist Jon Lord and guitarist Derek Griffiths joined from Red Bludd’s Bluesicians they re-christened themselves the Artwoods. Keef Hartley, formerly with Rory Storm & The Hurricanes, joined on drums in ‘64 and the band turned professional, secured a residency at London’s 100 Club and gained a recording contract with Decca Records.

The intended debut single, a cover of Muddy Waters’ “Hoochie Coochie Man” was shelved in favour of a version of an old Leadbelly song, Sweet Mary”. Although it didn’t reach the Charts it got sufficient airplay to bring them a lot of live work, including an appearance on the first live edition of Ready Steady Go! The second record, “Oh My Love”, was another blues cover. Like its predecessor, and subsequent releases, it failed to chart.

The Artwoods were dropped by Decca at the end of 1966 and signed a one record deal with Parlophone, but “What Shall I Do” also flopped. Later in 1967 a final “one-off” single appeared on Fontana under the name “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” but by the time of its release the Artwoods had effectively ceased to exist.

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  • konungr

    Stop and Think It Over!!!!!!!!!! WOW!!!!

    9 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Anira_Sugar

    baby i want you

    5 Dec 2011 Reply
  • vikabun

    this is шикарно!!!!

    23 Sep 2011 Reply
  • keithricard

    Le grand groupe d' Art Wood, grand frère de Ronnie. Un des grands groupes Mod, excellent dans ses reprises soul.

    29 Sep 2010 Reply
  • ashleyrobb

    yeah !

    20 May 2010 Reply
  • Funk3dUp

    Shit, dude, this is so fuckin awesome! They should've been together for a little longer...

    25 Jan 2010 Reply
  • MoogleFan

    This stuff needs to be up for streaming on Last.fm- 'Art Gallery' was really quite good!

    2 May 2009 Reply
  • nuclearrabbit33

    criminally overlooked

    5 Mar 2009 Reply
  • rockgirlmili

    Fantastic band!

    2 Feb 2009 Reply
  • Arsonnescu

    Art Wood was a older brother off RONNIE/ Artwoods were in Warsaw in the end of 60" in Hala Gwardii. I was there

    28 Dec 2008 Reply
  • susuncu

    The Artwoods: formed in 1963, became a popular live attraction band, rivaling groups such as the Animals, although, despite a clutch of singles and 1 album, their record sales never reflected this popularity. But Jon Lord (keyboards) Keef Hartley (drums) and the brother of Ronnie Woods (singer) were very very good musicians.

    28 Oct 2008 Reply
  • maulofsound

    great band.

    16 Sep 2008 Reply
  • WinkWink

    Ronnies brother was OK

    15 Aug 2007 Reply

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