Gravy Train (band)

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Gravy Train
Origin England
Genres Progressive rock
Years active 1970–1975
Labels Vertigo, Dawn

Gravy Train were a progressive rock group from Lancashire, England, formed by vocalist and guitarist Norman Barratt in 1969. Also featuring J.D. Hughes (keyboards, vocals, wind), Lester Williams (bass, vocals) and Barry Davenport (drums), the band would record four studio albums. The first two were released on the Vertigo label, the latter two by Dawn Records.

The band was dissolved in 1975. Little is known about the subsequent lives of the members, except for Barratt and Williams. Barratt appeared in Mandalaband for their second and final album in 1978, then went on to form the Barratt Band, which recorded two albums in the early 1980s. Les Williams has been working at Ocean Entertainments, an agency for bands and acts, since the 1980s. J.D Hughes is currently the founding member of The New Soul Messengers, in which he plays keyboards, saxophone, and vocals.




  • 1973: "Strength Of A Dream" / "Tolpuddle Episode" (Dawn DNS 1036)
  • 1973: "Starbright Starlight" / "Good Time Thing" (Dawn DNS 1058)
  • 1975: "Climb Aboard The Gravy Train" / "Sanctuary" (Dawn DNS 1115)


  • 2006: Strength Of A Dream: The Gravy Train Anthology (Castle Records)


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