Jackson Heights (band)

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Jackson Heights
Their 1971 album, Fifth Avenue Bus.
Background information
Origin England
Genres Rock
Years active 1970–1973
Labels Vertigo, Charisma
Associated acts The Nice
Patrick Moraz
Website http://homepage.ntlworld.com/james.sutherland/JH.HTML
Past members Lee Jackson
Brian Chatton
John McBurnie
Michael Giles
Ian Wallace
Charlie Harcourt
Tommy Sloane
Mario Enrique Covarrubias Tapia
Johnny VanDerrick
Ian Paice
Chris Laurence
Bill Bell

Jackson Heights were an English rock band, led by bassist and vocalist Lee Jackson, that ran from 1970 to 1973. Other players included Brian Chatton (born Brian Charles Chatton, 19 July 1948, Bolton, Lancashire) and John McBurnie, both playing keyboards and King Crimson drummers Michael Giles and Ian Wallace.


Keith Joseph Anthony Jackson, nicknamed Lee to avoid all confusion with Keith Emerson, played bass with Gary Farr & The T-Bones, with member Keith Emerson on organ, and both would meet again playing with The Nice. Jackson Heights' debut album, King Progress, included a reworking of "The Cry Of Eugene", a track originally by The Nice on their first album, The Thoughts of Emerlist Davjack, as well as original material, including "Doubting Thomas" and "Insomnia".

Jackson and Davison went on to form Refugee with Patrick Moraz, who would also later work with Jackson Heights vocalist John McBurnie.

Band members[edit]

  • Lee Jackson - electric bass, acoustic 6 and 12 string guitars, percussion, harp, vocals
  • Charlie Harcourt - electric and acoustic guitars, keyboards, vocals (first album only)
  • Tommy Sloane - drums, percussion (first album only)
  • Mario Enrique Covarrubias Tapia - bass, Spanish guitars, vocals (first album only)
  • Brian Chatton - keyboards, vocals
  • John McBurnie - acoustic 6 and 12 string guitars, Mellotron, keyboards, percussion, vocals
  • Michael Giles - drums, percussions on all four albums
  • Ian Wallace - drums, percussions on Bump 'n' Grind
  • Keith Emerson - Moog programming on Bump 'n' Grind
  • Godfrey Salmon - violin on Bump 'n' Grind
  • Johnny VanDerrick - violin on Bump 'n' Grind
  • Ian Paice - drums on Bump 'n' Grind
  • Chris Laurence - bass on Bump 'n' Grind
  • Bill Bell - banjo on Bump 'n' Grind


Studio albums[edit]

  • King Progress (Charisma, 1970)
  • The Fifth Avenue Bus (Vertigo, 1972)
  • Ragamuffins Fool (Vertigo, 1972)
  • Bump 'n' Grind (Vertigo, 1973)


  • "Maureen" / "Long Time Dying" (Vertigo, 1972)


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