Jackson Heights (band)

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Jackson Heights
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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
Refugee
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 musical group formed by bassist and vocalist Lee Jackson. The group was playing from 1970, when Jackson left The Nice, to 1973, after which he teamed up again with The Nice drummer Brian "Blinky" Davison to form Refugee with Patrick Moraz.

History[edit]

After the break-up of The Nice in 1969, each of that group's three members formed a group of his own, and those three groups toured together: Emerson formed Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Davison's group was named Every Which Way, and Jackson appeared with Jackson Heights.

Jackson Heights' debut album, King Progress, included a reworking of "The Cry Of Eugene", a song originally recorded by The Nice, and new material including "Doubting Thomas" and "Insomnia". The group, which included Charlie Harcourt on lead guitar, Mario Enrique Covarrubias Tapia on bass and Tommy Sloane on drums, produced a radically different sound from that with which Jackson had become well-known, centred upon songs and led by acoustic guitar.

This group disbanded shortly after the first album's release and reformed as a trio featuring pianist Brian Chatton (born 19 July 1948, Bolton, Lancashire) and singer/songwriter/guitarist John McBurnie, with Jackson mainly playing congas. The group left the Charisma label and signed with Vertigo, for whom they recorded three albums, The Fifth Avenue Bus and Ragamuffins Fool (1972) and Bump 'n' Grind (1973). In the recording studio, and sometimes at concerts, the group was often augmented by notable session musicians as well as by overdubs.

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

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • King Progress (Charisma, 1970)
  • The Fifth Avenue Bus (Vertigo, 1972)
  • Ragamuffins Fool (Vertigo, 1972)
  • Bump 'n' Grind (Vertigo, 1973)[1]

Singles[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leduc and Ogouz Le Rock de A a Z - dictionnaire illustre 1984 "enregistrera Ragamuffins Fool et Bump'n'Grind, albums meconnus"

External links[edit]