Sweet Thursday (band)

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Sweet Thursday
Hopkins Davies Mark Burns Odgers.jpg
Left to right: Hopkins, Davies, Mark, Burns, Odgers
Background information
Origin England
Genres Rock, British blues, Folk rock
Years active 1968–1969
Labels Tetragrammaton Records
Members Nicky Hopkins
Alun Davies
Jon Mark
Harvey Burns
Brian Odgers

Sweet Thursday was a short-lived late-1960s English rock band.

The group included famed session keyboard player Nicky Hopkins, who had worked with The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Jeff Beck, and many others; folk guitarist, singer, and past session man Alun Davies (subsequently a frequent collaborator of Cat Stevens'); and singer, guitarist, composer and past Davies cohort Jon Mark (later of Mark-Almond). Thus Sweet Thursday was arguably a minor instance of the "supergroup" phenomenon.[1] Other members were drummer Harvey Burns and bassist, woodwinds player and songwriter Brian Odgers.

In December 1968 Tetragrammaton released a single which contained "Getting It Together" (Side A) and "Mary On The Runaround" (Side B) which were composed by Jon Mark but were not included on the group's lone album. Both songs were released as bonus tracks on a CD edition of the group's debutalbum Sweet Thursday.

The group's lone album Sweet Thursday was released in August 1969 in the U.S. on Tetragrammaton Records[2] (the band had signed with that label in November 1968).[3] It is most remembered for the ten-minute-long progressive rock radio turntable hit "Gilbert Street".[4][5] The record company went bust soon thereafter, after only a very limited record pressing.[4] Sweet Thursday dissolved.

Discography[edit]

  • Getting It Together / Mary On The Runaround (Tetragrammaton Records T-1512, December 1968)
  • Sweet Thursday (1969)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sweet Thursday: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  2. ^ "Tetra Turning to Radio to Promote Its Albums". Billboard. 16 August 1969. p. 46. 
  3. ^ "Signings". Billboard. 16 November 1968. p. 77. 
  4. ^ a b George-Warren, Holly; Romanowski, Patricia; Pareles, Jon, eds. (2001). The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll (3rd ed.). Fireside Books. p. 608. ISBN 0-7432-0120-5. 
  5. ^ Eder, Bruce. "Sweet Thursday: Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 4 April 2010.