Heads Hands & Feet

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Heads Hands & Feet
GenresCountry rock
Years active1969–1973
LabelsCapitol Records
Past membersTony Colton, Ray Smith, Mike O'Neill, Albert Lee, Chas Hodges, Pete Gavin

Heads Hands & Feet was a British rock and country rock band.[1] It was formed in 1969 after the breakup of Poet and the One Man Band,[2] which included some of the same members (see Members below).

Music and performances[edit]

Heads Hands & Feet recorded their debut album, Home From Home, in 1970. Initially shelved by their label, it was finally released in 1996.

In 1971, their proper debut release, Heads Hands & Feet, was released as a single-disc record in Europe on Island Records, and as a double album in the United States on the Capitol Records label.[1]

While still relatively unknown, they served as the supporting act for Deep Purple's series of concerts from 5 to 8 March 1971 in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, and Aberdeen, Scotland.[3] They were the opening act at a free concert in London's Hyde Park on 3 July 1971, which also featured Humble Pie and Grand Funk Railroad.[4][5]

In 1972, the band toured the United States.[6] Their second album, Tracks, received some critical acclaim.[1] But internal tensions in the band resulted in a break-up in December 1972, before the group's third release, Old Soldiers Never Die, in 1973.[1]

Other activities[edit]

Ray Smith and Tony Colton teamed with producer and composer Johnny Harris on several efforts, including co-writing and co-producing for Richard Harris and Shirley Bassey, as well as writing and performing the soundtrack for the 1970 BBC documentary, The World of Georgie Best.[7] In 1970, members of the group performed at the Royal Albert Hall with the Johnny Harris Orchestra for his 'Movements' concert, opening for Dionne Warwick.

Members of Heads Hands & Feet also provided the core backing for:


Colton, Smith and O'Neill were previously members of the band Poet and the One Man Band.


Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart
Heads Hands & Feet
  • Released: 1971
  • Format: LP
  • Label: Capitol Records
  • Released: 1972
  • Format: LP
  • Label: Capitol Records
Old Soldiers Never Die
  • Released: 1973
  • Format: LP
  • Label: Atlantic



  1. ^ a b c d e Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 1116. ISBN 0-85112-939-0.
  2. ^ "Head Hands & Feet: Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  3. ^ "Also On The Bill..." Deep Purple Live Index. Retrieved 30 August 2012.
  4. ^ "July 3, 1971". The Hyde Park Free Concerts 1971. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  5. ^ "Head Hands and Feet setlist". Setlist.fm: The Setlist Wiki. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  6. ^ Smith, Richard Digby. "One, Two, Three, Four: The life and times of a recording studio engineer". Google Books. Kibworth, Leicestershire, England: The Book Guild Ltd. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  7. ^ "Broadcast - BBC Programme Index". Genome.ch.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 10 September 2021.
  8. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 136. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.