|Birth name||Rado Robert Garcia Klose|
|Also known as||Bob Klose|
|Genres||Rock, blues, R&B, jazz, psychedelic, electronic|
|Associated acts||Pink Floyd, David Gilmour, Syd Barrett, Smith & Mudd|
Rado Robert Garcia Klose (professionally known as Rado Klose and as Bob Klose in the 1960s) is an English musician and photographer. Between 1964 and July 1965, he was the lead guitarist of a rock band that would later morph into Pink Floyd. Although he recorded a couple of songs with that band, he left before their transformation into Pink Floyd.
Klose was born in Cambridge. His father was a refugee from Nazi Germany and a veteran of the Spanish civil war, and his mother was an English Land Girl. Due to financial situation, the family lived in a field tent on a farm where Klose's father worked for a couple of years until moving to a small Cambridgeshire village.
After several village schools, Klose attended school in Cambridge, where he met Syd Barrett and Roger Waters. He later moved to London to study architecture and then science at the Regent Street Polytechnic, before abandoning studies to completely devote himself to photography in the late 1960s.
Klose's full birth name is most often cited as Rado Robert Klose or Rado Robert Garcia Klose, with some authors citing Radovan as his full given name. During the 1960s he was commonly known as Bob Klose, which was often misspelled Bob Close or occasionally even Brian Close. On the official Pink Floyd website, he is listed as Klose, Radovan 'Bob'.
During his architecture studies, Klose started playing lead guitar in a band with Roger Waters (guitar), Richard Wright (rhythm guitar), Nick Mason (drums), Clive Metcalfe (bass guitar), and Keith Noble and Juliette Gale (vocals). The band performed rhythm & blues under various names ("Sigma 6", "The Meggadeaths", "The Abdabs" and "The Screaming Abdabs"), during their run with manager Ken Chapman, who also wrote some early material for the band.
Metcalfe, Noble and Gale left the band (though Gale would go on to marry Richard Wright in 1969). By the time they left, the line-up included Syd Barrett (rhythm guitar and vocals) and Bob Klose (lead guitar and vocals), with Roger Waters on bass and vocals, Richard Wright on organ and vocals and Nick Mason on drums. This new group used various names, often fluctuating between "Tea Set" and "The Pink Floyd Sound" (named after two old Carolina bluesmen, Pink Anderson and Floyd Council). The word "Sound" was dropped from the band's name, with the definite article disappearing a few years later.
Klose was more focused on his studies than on the band and was more interested in jazz and blues than Barrett's psychedelia and pop, so he left the band sometime around July 1965. Barrett assumed lead guitar, lead vocals, and the bulk of the songwriting, while Klose went on to become a photographer and print maker.
'While we were at the Poly (Regent Street Polytechnic) we had various people in and out of the band and one particular, very good guitar player Bob Klose. He was really a far better musician than any of the rest of us. But I think he had some exam problems and really felt that he had to apply himself to work, whereas the rest of us were not that conscientious. And so he was sort of out of the band and we were looking for another guitar player and we knew that Syd was coming up to London from Cambridge and so he just, well he was just co-opted into the whole thing.'
Klose confirmed in John Edginton's BBC documentary The Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett Story that his guitar can be heard on the unreleased early acetate single "Lucy Leave/"I'm a King Bee". In the documentary he also talked about Syd Barrett: "If you had said to a young Syd, 'Look, this is your bargain in life, you know, you're going to do this fantastic stuff, but it won't be forever, it'll be this short period. There's the dotted line, are you going to sign for this?' I suspect, maybe, a lot of people would sign for that, for making their mark."
Klose appeared as a guest performer on David Gilmour's 2006 album On an Island (credited as "Rado Klose" rather than his former professional name "Bob Klose"). The same year, he appeared on Paul "Mudd" Murphy's album Claremont 56, as well as Chico Hamilton's album Juniflip, on which he is also listed as a co-writer for one of the songs ("Kerry's Caravan"). On both of these albums, he is credited as "Bob Klose".
In 2007 he took part in BBC Radio 2's program "Days in the Life", which was dedicated to Pink Floyd. In the first part of this show he spoke about early days with Barrett.
- The Tea Set – "I'm a King Bee"/"Lucy Leave" (1964) – unreleased single
- David Gilmour – On an Island (2006)
- Mudd – Claremont 56 (2006)
- Chico Hamilton – Juniflip (2006)
- V/A – This Rong Music (2006) – with Chico Hamilton
- Smith & Mudd – Blue River (2007)
- V/A – Bargrooves: Over Ice (2009) – with Smith & Mudd
- Rowland Hilder's British Isles (2006). A&C Black. ISBN 978-0-7136-7937-3
- "Bio". Rado Klose. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
- Chapman, Rob (2010) "Syd Barrett: A Very Irregular Head". Faber. ISBN 978-0-571-23855-2, page 22
- Radovan 'Bob' Klose at the official Pink Floyd website http://www.pinkfloyd.com/music/musicians_live.php
- Kendall, Charlie (1984). "Shades of Pink – The Definitive Pink Floyd Profile". The Source Radio Show. Retrieved 26 July 2011.
- "On an Island – David Gilmour | Credits". AllMusic. 7 March 2006. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
- "Claremont 56 – Mudd,Mudd | Credits". AllMusic. 25 September 2006. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
- "Juniflip – Chico Hamilton | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
- Ken Dryden. "Juniflip – Chico Hamilton | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
- "Blue River – Smith & Mudd | Credits". AllMusic. 18 December 2007. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
- Official website
- Bob Klose at the Internet Movie Database
- Bob Klose at AllMusic, Bob Klose at AllMusic – example of the name confusion; the first profile lists the artist as "Bob Klose" and the other as "Rado Klose"
- People in Pink Floyd's History: Bob Klose[dead link] – (Note: this site also refers to the name confusion)
- Miles, Andy Mabbett (1995). Pink Floyd: A Visual Documentary. Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-4109-2, (Note: Refers to Bob Close exclusively)
- Dallas, Karl (1987). Pink Floyd: Bricks In The Wall. Shapolsky Publishers. ISBN 0-933503-88-1, (Note: Refers to Bob Close exclusively)
- Blake, Mark (2007) "Pigs Might Fly: The Inside Story Of Pink Floyd". Aurum Press. ISBN 978-1-84513-261-3 (published in the United States as Comfortably Numb: The Inside Story Of Pink Floyd. Thunders Mouth Press. ISBN 978-1-56858-383-9)