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Catapilla (album cover).jpg
Cover of Catapilla's eponymous debut album.
Background information
OriginLondon, England
Genresprogressive rock, jazz rock, psychedelic rock
Years activelate 60s/early 70s
LabelsVertigo Records
Past membersAnna Meek - Vocals
Robert Calvert - Saxophone
Dave Taylor - Bass
Graham Wilson - Guitar
Hugh Eaglestone - Saxophone
Thierry Rheinhardt - Woodwind
Malcom Frith - Drums
Carl Wassard - Bass
Ralph Rolinson - Keyboards
Brian Hanson - Drums

Catapilla was an English progressive rock band active in the late 1960s to early 1970s. They released two albums on the major record label Vertigo Records.[1]


The band was formed in the late 1960s in London, England. By the time of recording, original vocalist Jo Meek had been replaced by her sister Anna Meek. Alongside saxophonist Robert Calvert, the lineup was completed by drummer Malcolm Frith, bassist Dave Taylor, guitarist Graham Wilson and horn players Hugh Eaglestone and Thierry Rheinardt winds.

The band was discovered and signed by Patrick Meehan, manager of Black Sabbath. Meehan produced their first, eponymous album, released on Vertigo Records in 1971. They toured following this release and, following the replacement of Eaglestone, Frith and Rheinardt by Bryan Hanson (drums), Ralph Rolinson (keyboards) and Carl Wassard (bass), they recorded their second album, Changes, released in 1972 on Vertigo. The group disbanded shortly after.

Calvert went on to play in Gong off-shoots, The Invisible Opera Company Of Tibet and Mother Gong with Daevid Allen and Gilli Smyth.[2] Taylor formed the band Liar with Clive Brooks, ex-drummer with Egg.


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  1. ^ "Catapilla". Retrieved 2012-03-30.
  2. ^ Strong, Martin Charles (1998), The Great Rock Discography, Canongate, p. 308

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