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Biography

The Family Dogg were a British vocal group best known for their harmony vocals.

The idea was born when the Anglo-American singers of the Spanish groups, Los Flaps and Diamond Boys, Albert Hammond and Steve Rowland met for the first time at a concert in Madrid in 1964. In 1966 The Family Dogg was formed in England with the participation of the singers Mike Hazlewood and Christine Holmes (Later known under the name Kristine Sparkle). The debut album, A Way of Life was released in 1969, and the title track scored a number 6 hit in the UK Singles Chart Jimmy Page, John Bonham and John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin, along with Elton John, were guest musicians on this album.

In 1970, the group was renamed "Steve Rowland and The Family Dogg". In April 1970, they had a Number 2 hit in the Netherlands with the song "Sympathy", previously recorded by the group Rare Bird in 1969. In 1972, Steve Rowland released a last Family Dogg album, View from Rowland's Head, with guest musicians Chris Spedding on guitar and Ireen Sheer as singer. This album had two pressings, one in the UK and one in the USA. Between the two there are a total of six cover songs that were written by Rodriguez. Five of them were previously recorded on Rodriguez' album Cold Fact. The sixth, 'Advice To Smokey Robinson', was never recorded by Rodriguez himself.

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