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|Labels||Pye, Vertigo, Island, Deram|
|Associated acts||Timebox, Boxer|
|Past members||Mike Patto
Early days and singles
Timebox developed from a complicated pedigree that included members of The Bo Street Runners, Patto's People and Chicago Blue Line. This soul psych pop combo, made two singles for Pye's label Piccadilly, before signing to Decca's Deram in 1967. They also recorded five singles for Deram between 1967 and 1969 and appeared on BBC radio shows such as Noise at Nine, Stuart Henry on Sunday and Jimmy Young. Keyboard player Chris Holmes left after their last single release and they began experimenting with progressive rock.
In December 1971, Patto entered the studio again to record their second album Hold Your Fire after which they were dropped from the Vertigo roster. Despite poor record sales, they were becoming known as an exciting live act. Through his connections in England Muff Winwood was able to have the band signed to Island, and they recorded the album Roll 'em Smoke 'em Put Another Line Out in 1972.
In 1973, the band began to record their fourth album. Mike Patto wrote songs that were less cynical than the usual Patto material and much more commercial. The ensuing album Monkey's Bum was not released. Without Halsall and with each member now involved in other projects, Mike Patto chose to disband Patto, going on to form Boxer with Halsall.
In 2009, Patto's song "The Man" was used in trailers for the film, Observe and Report, starring Seth Rogen and Anna Faris and was included along with another track "Sittin' Back Easy" on the film's soundtrack.
- Mike Patto – vocals
- Ollie Halsall – lead guitar, acoustic guitar, piano, vibraphone
- Clive Griffiths – bass
- John Halsey – drums
- 1970 – Patto
- 1971 – Hold Your Fire
- 1972 – Roll `em Smoke `em Put Another Line Out
- 1995 – Monkey's Bum (recorded 1973 but unreleased until 1995)
- 2000 – Warts and All
- Nick Talevski (1999). The Encyclopedia of Rock Obituaries. Omnibus. p. 326. ISBN 978-0-7119-7548-4.
- Alessandro Bonini; Emanuele Tamagnini (2004). Enciclopedia discografica. Dal rock al soul, dal pop alla new wave, dal punk al metal al jazz. Gremese Editore. p. 221. ISBN 978-88-8440-314-8.
- McDonald, Steven. Patto at AllMusic. Retrieved 23 October 2016.