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The Creation

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There are at least two bands called The Creation.

1. The Creation were an English band formed in 1966 by Kenny Pickett on vocals, Eddie Phillips on lead guitar, Mick Thompson on rhythm guitar, Jack Jones on drums and Bob Garner on bass. (The first four mentioned had been in Mark Four, accompanied by John Dalton who had left to join The Kinks. Bob Garner had previously been in the Tony Sheridan Band.)

Their style was originally loud pop-art, similar to The Kinks and The Who, but developed into a more typically mid-60s /prog sound. The most popular Creation tune up to this day remains probably “Painter Man”, which made the U.K. Top 40 late 1966 and hit even #8 in the German charts in April 1967. The song also featured, in the second half, lead guitarist Phillips’s trademark of playing his instrument with a violin bow.

At the end of 1966, Bob Garner left and was replaced by Kim Gardner and, in March 1968, Pickett left and was replaced by Ron Wood (both of these new members had been in The Birds), but Pickett soon returned, replacing both Phillips and Gardner.

Only The Who were creating such venomous guitar pop at this time and (it is reputed) that Pete Townshend of The Who was so impressed with the innovate guitar style of Eddie Phillips he asked him to join the Who as a second guitarist but he turned the Who down (!) presumably because he felt confident and did not want to play second fiddle.

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