Refugee (band)

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For other uses, see Refugee (disambiguation).
Origin London, England
Years active 1973–74
Labels Charisma
Associated acts
Past members Lee Jackson
Brian Davison
Patrick Moraz

Refugee were a progressive rock band formed in 1973 that consisted of vocalist and bassist Lee Jackson, drummer Brian Davison and keyboardist Patrick Moraz. They released one album, Refugee (1974) before the group dissolved after Moraz left the group in August 1974 to join Yes.


Jackson had formed Jackson Heights, while Davison formed his own band, Brian Davison's Every Which Way. After their fourth and final album Bump 'n' Grind (1973), Jackson Heights were looking for another keyboard player on tour, so Lee Jackson approached Patrick Moraz to ask him if he would be interested to join. Moraz proposed to form a new band instead, and with the help of his friend, drummer Brian Davison of The Nice. The three then signed to Charisma Records, and developed a tight sound by practising up to 8 hours each day.[1] Refugee supported the album with a tour.[2]

Refugee recorded their only studio album, Refugee (1974), at Island Studios in London. The music was composed by Moraz with lyrics from Jackson. The group then completed a tour promoting it.

The group dissolved in August 1974 when Moraz accepted an offer to join Yes. In a biography from Harry Shapiro, Graham Bond was considered as a replacement. Davison went on to work with Gong.

A live album was released Live in Concert Newcastle City Hall 1974 (2007).



  1. ^ Whitesel, Todd (21 April 2010). "Q&A: Prog voyager Patrick Moraz talks about his time with Yes and the Moody Blues". Goldmine. Retrieved 23 May 2016. 
  2. ^ Welch 2008, p. 153.