Heads Hands & Feet
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Heads Hands & Feet were a British rock band, and part of the Harris/Colton/Smith production company.[clarification needed] Harris is Johnny Harris who composed the Bloomfield film soundtrack recorded in 1969. The group performed live at the Royal Albert Hall in 1970 as members of the Johnny Harris Orchestra for his Movements concert as the opening act for Dionne Warwick, which was engineered by Eddie Offord. Ray Smith and Tony Colton also co-wrote and co-produced with Johnny Harris for Richard Harris and Shirley Bassey. They also co-wrote and performed the soundtrack for The World Of Georgie Best BBC documentary from 1970 with Johnny Harris, who was a member of the band as arranger and producer. They shared the same agent in Daniel Secunda.
The group formed from the ashes of Poet and the One Man Band in 1969, (who released an album on UK Verve and US Paramount). In 1970, Heads Hands & Feet recorded their debut album, Home From Home, which was shelved by the label and did not see release until 1996.
In 1971, they released their proper debut on Capitol Records as a double album in the United States, but as a single disc in Europe (on UK Island). While still relatively unknown, they served as the supporting act for Deep Purple's series of concerts from March 5 to 8 in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, and Aberdeen, Scotland. They were the opening act at the free Hyde Park, London concert on 3 July . They opened for Humble Pie & Grand Funk Railroad.
Their second album, Tracks, followed the next year, but with critical acclaim, internal tensions in the band resulted in a breakup in 1973 before the group's third release, Old Soldiers Never Die. (Their unreleased 1970 album was released in 1996 as Home from Home.)
The members of Heads Hands & Feet provided the core backing for Jerry Lee Lewis's album The Session, recorded in London from 7 to 11 January 1973, and also for Shirley Bassey's album Something (1970), Richard Harris' single "A Ballad Of A Man Called Horse" (1970), a still unissued Carl Wayne album (1970) and Don Everly's Sunset Towers (1974).
- Ray Smith* - rhythm guitar, Bass, and vocals (born Raymond Barry Smith, 9 July 1943, London).
- Tony Colton* - vocals (born Anthony George Chalk, 11 February 1942, Tunbridge Wells, Kent)
- Albert Lee* - lead guitar (born Albert William Lee, 21 December 1943, Willey, Herefordshire).
- Pete Gavin - drums (born Peter Leslie Rowney, 8 September 1946, Lewisham, South East London)
- Chas Hodges - bass, violin, vocals (born Charles Nicholas Hodges, 28 December 1943, Edmonton, North London)
- Mike O'Neill* - keyboards (1970-1971) (born Michael O'Neill, 8 July 1938, Lowton, Lancashire died 10 October 2013, Stevenage, Hertfordshire).
(*core members who were also in Poet and the One Man Band)
- Poet and the One Man Band (UK Verve and US Paramount, 1969 made up with most of future HH&F members)
- Home From Home (UK See For Miles, 1970, their debut album but went unreleased until 1996)
- Heads Hands & Feet (US Capitol Records - 2 LP set, 1971) -issued before the UK (see below)
- Heads Hands & Feet (UK Island - only half of the US album), 1971
- Tracks (UK Island, US Capitol, 1972)
- Bloomfield (aka The Hero) (UK Pye, US Capitol, 1972) movie soundtrack, contributed three tracks
- Old Soldiers Never Die (UK Atlantic, US Atlantic, 1973) US #221
- "Also On The Bill...". Deep Purple Live Index. Retrieved August 30, 2012.
- Heads Hands & Feet at Allmusic.com