Savoy Brown

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Savoy Brown
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Savoy Brown, featuring Kim Simmonds
Background information
Origin Battersea, South West London
Genres Blues rock, psychedelic rock,[1] hard rock
Years active 1965–present
Associated acts Chicken Shack
Website savoybrown.com
Members Kim Simmonds
Pat DeSalvo
Garnet Grimm
Past members See Members

Savoy Brown, originally known as the Savoy Brown Blues Band, are a British blues rock band,[1] formed in 1965, in Battersea, South West London.[2] Part of the late 1960s blues rock movement, Savoy Brown primarily achieved success in the United States, where they promoted their albums with non-stop touring.[2]

Career[edit]

The band was formed by guitarist Kim Simmonds[2] and harp player John O'Leary, following a chance meeting at Soho's Transat Imports record shop in 1965. The initial constant lineup adjustments were attributed to the "creative accountancy" employed by the band's manager, Harry Simmonds, brother of Kim.[3]

The original lineup included singer Bryce Portius, keyboardist Trevor Jeavons, bassist Ray Chappell, drummer Leo Manning and harmonica player John O'Leary (O'Leary appeared on record with the band on its initial recordings for Mike Vernon's Purdah label). Portius was one of the first black blues musicians to be a part of a British rock band.[citation needed] Jeavons was replaced by Bob Hall shortly after the band's formation, and this was followed shortly by O'Leary's departure and the arrival of Martin Stone on guitars. This line-up appeared on the band's 1967 debut album, Shake Down, a collection of blues covers.[2]

Further line-up changes ensued, with founding members Portius, Chappell and Manning departing along with recently recruited guitarist Stone over a short period of time. Chris Youlden and "Lonesome" Dave Peverett would become the band's new vocalist and 2nd guitarist respectively. Initially Bob Brunning and Hughie Flint (from John Mayall's Clapton-version Bluesbreakers) filled the bassist and drummer positions on the single Taste and Try (Before You Buy), but they were subsequently replaced by Rivers Jobe and Bill Bruford. Within a fortnight of Bruford's arrival in the band, he had been replaced by Roger Earl (Bruford went on to huge success later as Yes's drummer). This lineup recorded two albums in 1968, Getting to the Point, and Blue Matter, which demonstrated Youlden's rise as a songwriter alongside Simmonds. It was this lineup that released the single "Train to Nowhere" in 1969. A Step Further was released later that year, and introduced bassist Tony Stevens replacing Jobe. They developed a loyal core following in the United States, due to songs such as "I'm Tired," a driving, melodic song from the album.

Following the release of Raw Sienna (also released in 1969) both Youlden and Hall departed the band. Raw Sienna had marked the first time that a single lineup of the band had recorded successive albums without any changes in personnel. The band recorded their next album, 1970's Looking In, as a four-piece, and following this album Peverett, Stevens, and Earl left to form Foghat with guitarist Rod Price.

Simmonds continued the band with Dave Walker on vocals, Paul Raymond on keyboards and guitars, Andy Silvester on bass, and Dave Bidwell on drums — almost the complete Chicken Shack line up.

They were one of the bands that UK Decca (US London/Parrot) stuck with through the lean times until they started selling records; it took four or five albums until they started to sell in the U.S. In the late 1960s and 1970s, the band managed to break into the Billboard Hot 100. Superstardom perpetually evaded them, though, perhaps in part because of their frequent line-up changes, but despite that their next album, Hellbound Train (1972) was a Top 40 album for them in the US. In January 1974, the British music magazine, NME reported that Stan Webb was joining Savoy Brown, following the break-up of Chicken Shack.[4]

In 1978, Simmonds organized a new line up with bassist Don Cook and drummer Richard Carmichael. Cook, who toured as "DC from LA" is currently active in the americana band Gypsy Stew. In the early 1980s, Simmonds organized the band with singer Ralph Morman, formerly of the Joe Perry Project, drummer Keith Boyce and guitarist Barry Paul of Heavy Metal Kids fame, and bassist John Humphrey. This lineup recorded the 1981 "Rock 'N' Roll Warriors" album, which gave Savoy Brown more success than the group had seen since the mid-1970s. The single Run To Me, which was a cover of a song originally recorded by Smokie, became Savoy's highest-charting single in the United States, peaking at number 69 on the Billboard Hot 100 in November 1981. That year found the band performing several major arena shows in the U.S. alongside Judas Priest, and recording a live album at the Rainbow Music Hall in Denver. "Greatest Hits-Live In Concert" was released at the end of the year and became a fan favorite, but despite the success of this lineup, Simmonds was once again on his own by the Spring of 1982.

Singer Dave Walker returned to the group in the late 1980s and recorded two studio albums and one live album as lead vocalist, but left the group for a second time in 1991. All three of these projects featuring Walker were well received by longtime fans. During the 1990s Simmonds continued working with various lineups of the band, including a brief stint with future Molly Hatchet lead singer Phil McCormack.

While the band is still active, touring the world and recording regularly, only Simmonds has stayed since the beginning.[2] Original member and harmonica player John O'Leary is still active on the British blues circuit with his band Sugarkane. After leaving Savoy Brown for the first time in the 1970s singer Dave Walker joined Fleetwood Mac for one album, and in 1979 became the temporary lead singer for Black Sabbath.[5] Bassists have included: Andy Pyle, who played with Mick Abrahams from Jethro Tull in Blodwyn Pig, then later with The Kinks; John Humphrey, who would go on to work with many major artists, including Carole King; Gary Moore; and Andy Silvester, who played with Wha-Koo after Chicken Shack. Savoy Brown also provided an outlet for keyboardist and guitarist Paul Raymond, who later went on to join UFO. Drummer Keith Boyce reformed Heavy Metal Kids and is currently active with that group. Singer Ralph Morman disappeared from the scene in the mid-1980s until emerging in 2011 with plans for a solo project. Guitarist Barry Paul became a successful studio owner in Los Angeles. Singer Jimmy Kunes, who fronted the band during the mid-1980s, is currently the singer for the reformed supergroup Cactus.

Savoy Brown contributed the song "A Man Alone" for the soundtrack to the movie "Kickboxer 2".

In 2008, "Train to Nowhere" was used in, and figured as a clue, in the TV series CSI: NY, in Season 4, Episode 10 – "The Thing About Heroes".

Their first album for Blind Pig Records, Strange Days, was released in 2003.[2] The band released another record Steel in 2007.[2]

Their most recent album, Voodoo Moon, was released by Ruf Records in 2011.[6]

Personnel[edit]

Members[edit]

Current members
  • Kim Simmonds – guitars, keyboards, harmonica, vocals (1965–present)
  • Pat DeSalvo – bass (2009–present)
  • Garnet Grimm – drums (2009–present)
Former members

Guest musicians[edit]

Lineups[edit]

1965 1965–1967 1967 1967
  • Kim Simmonds – guitars, keyboards, harmonica, vocals
  • Ray Chappell – bass
  • Trevor Jeavons – keyboards
  • Leo Manning – drums
  • Brice Portius – vocals
  • John O'Leary – harmonica
  • Kim Simmonds – guitars, keyboards, harmonica, vocals
  • Ray Chappell – bass
  • Leo Manning – drums
  • Brice Portius – vocals
  • John O'Leary – harmonica
  • Bob Hall – keyboards
  • Kim Simmonds – guitars, keyboards, harmonica, vocals
  • Ray Chappell – bass
  • Leo Manning – drums
  • Brice Portius – vocals
  • Bob Hall – keyboards
  • Martin Stone – guitars
  • Kim Simmonds – guitars, keyboards, harmonica, vocals
  • Leo Manning – drums
  • Bob Hall – keyboards
  • Martin Stone – guitars
  • Bob Brunning – bass
  • Chris Youlden – vocals
1967–1968 1968 1968 1968–1970
  • Kim Simmonds – guitars, keyboards, harmonica, vocals
  • Bob Hall – keyboards
  • Bob Brunning – bass
  • Chris Youlden – vocals
  • Hughie Flint – drums
  • Dave Peverett – guitars, vocals
  • Kim Simmonds – guitars, keyboards, harmonica, vocals
  • Bob Hall – keyboards
  • Chris Youlden – vocals
  • Dave Peverett – guitars, vocals
  • Bill Bruford – drums
  • Rivers Jobe – bass
  • Kim Simmonds – guitars, keyboards, harmonica, vocals
  • Bob Hall – keyboards
  • Chris Youlden – vocals
  • Dave Peverett – guitars, vocals
  • Rivers Jobe – bass
  • Roger Earl – drums
  • Kim Simmonds – guitars, keyboards, harmonica, vocals
  • Bob Hall – keyboards
  • Chris Youlden – vocals
  • Dave Peverett – guitars, vocals
  • Roger Earl – drums
  • Tony Stevens – bass
1970–1971 1971–1972 1972 1972–1974
  • Kim Simmonds – guitars, keyboards, harmonica, vocals
  • Dave Peverett – guitars, vocals
  • Roger Earl – drums
  • Tony Stevens – bass
  • Kim Simmonds – guitars, keyboards, harmonica, vocals
  • Dave Bidwell – drums
  • Paul Raymond – keyboards, guitars
  • Dave Walker – vocals
  • Andy Pyle – bass
  • Kim Simmonds – guitars, keyboards, harmonica, vocals
  • Dave Bidwell – drums
  • Paul Raymond – keyboards, guitars
  • Andy Pyle – bass
  • Ron Berg – drums
  • Jackie Lynton – vocals
Guest musicians
  • Sue Glover – backing vocals
  • Sunny Leslie – backing vocals
  • Barry Murray – percussion
  • Frank Ricotti – percussion
  • Stan Sulzmann – saxophone
1974 1974–1975 1975–1976 1976–1978
  • Kim Simmonds – guitars, keyboards, harmonica, vocals
  • Miller Anderson – guitars, vocals
  • Eric Dillon – drums
  • Jimmy Leverton – bass
  • Stan Webb – guitars, vocals
  • Kim Simmonds – guitars, keyboards, harmonica, vocals
  • Dave Bidwell – drums
  • Tom Farnell – drums
  • Andy Rae – bass
  • Paul Raymond – keyboards, guitars
  • Kim Simmonds – guitars, keyboards, harmonica, vocals
  • Tom Farnell – drums
  • Paul Raymond – keyboards, guitars
  • Ian Ellis – bass
  • Kim Simmonds – guitars, keyboards, harmonica, vocals
  • Tom Farnell – drums
  • Ian Ellis – bass
1980–1982 1984–1985 1985–1986 1986
  • Kim Simmonds – guitars, keyboards, harmonica, vocals
  • Keith Boyce – drums
  • John Humphrey – bass
  • Steve Lynch – guitars
  • Ralph Morman – vocals
  • Barry Paul – guitars
  • Kim Simmonds – guitars, keyboards, harmonica, vocals
  • Todd Hart – vocals
  • David Buyers – bass
  • Tommy Rich – drums
  • Kim Simmonds – guitars, keyboards, harmonica, vocals
  • Speedo Jones – vocals, harmonica
  • Chris Romanelli – bass
  • Kim Simmonds – guitars, keyboards, harmonica, vocals
  • Jimmy Dagnesi – bass
  • Jimmy Kunes – vocals
  • Al Macomber – drums
1986–1988 1988–1989 1989–1990 1990–1991
  • Kim Simmonds – guitars, keyboards, harmonica, vocals
  • Jimmy Dagnesi – bass
  • Al Macomber – drums
  • Shmutza-Hideous – percussion
  • Dave Walker – vocals
Guest musicians
  • Les Baker – keyboards
  • Robert Martin – keyboards
  • Bobby Sexton – keyboards
  • Kim Simmonds – guitars, keyboards, harmonica, vocals
  • Jimmy Dagnesi – bass
  • Al Macomber – drums
  • Dave Walker – vocals
Guest musicians
  • Robert Martin – keyboards
  • Bobby Sexton – keyboards
  • Steve Klong – percussion
  • Kim Simmonds – guitars, keyboards, harmonica, vocals
  • Dave Walker – vocals
  • Rick Jewett – keyboards
  • Lou Kaplan – bass
  • Pete Mendillo – drums
Guest musicians
  • Paul Aronson – percussion
  • Kim Simmonds – guitars, keyboards, harmonica, vocals
  • Dave Walker – vocals
  • Rick Jewett – keyboards
  • Pete Mendillo – drums
  • Jeff Adams – guitars
  • Steve Behrendt – drums
  • Loren Kraft – bass
1991–1992 1992–1994 1994–1999 1999–2005
  • Kim Simmonds – guitars, keyboards, harmonica, vocals
  • Rick Jewett – keyboards
  • Phil McCormack – vocals
  • Pete McMahon – vocals, harmonica
  • Joe Pierleoni – drums
  • Andy Ramirez – bass
Guest musicians
  • Joe Whiting – vocals
  • Kim Simmonds – guitars, keyboards, harmonica, vocals
  • Pete McMahon – vocals, harmonica
  • Jim Heyl – bass
  • Dave Peverett – guitars, vocals
  • Dave Olson – drums
Guest musicians
  • Kim Simmonds – guitars, keyboards, harmonica, vocals
  • Tom Compton – drums
  • Nathaniel Peterson – bass, vocals
Guest musicians
  • Roger Earl – drums
  • Leo Lyons – bass
  • David Maxwell – keyboards
  • Paul Oscher – harmonica
  • Duke Robillard – guitars
  • Kim Simmonds – guitars, keyboards, harmonica, vocals
  • Dennis Cotton – drums
  • David Malachowski – guitars
  • Gerry Sorrentino – bass
Guest musicians
  • Mark Nanni – keyboards (1999–2003)


Guest musicians
  • Ron Keck – percussion
2005–2007 2007–2009 2009–2012 2012–present
  • Kim Simmonds – guitars, keyboards, harmonica, vocals
  • Dennis Cotton – drums
  • Gerry Sorrentino – bass
  • Mario Staiano – drums
  • Kim Simmonds – guitars, keyboards, harmonica, vocals
  • Gerry Sorrentino – bass
  • Mario Staiano – drums
  • Kim Simmonds – guitars, keyboards, harmonica, vocals
  • Pat DeSalvo – bass
  • Garnet Grimm – drums
  • Joe Whiting – lead vocals, saxophone
  • Kim Simmonds – guitars, keyboards, harmonica, vocals
  • Pat DeSalvo – bass
  • Garnet Grimm – drums

Discography[edit]

  • Shake Down – 1967 (not issued in the US)
  • Getting to the Point – 1968
  • Blue Matter – 1969 – U.S. #182
  • A Step Further – 1969 – U.S. #71
  • Raw Sienna – 1970 – U.S. #121
  • Looking In – 1970 – UK #50; U.S. #39
  • Street Corner Talking – 1971 – U.S. #75
  • Hellbound Train – 1972 – U.S. #34
  • Lion's Share – 1972 – U.S. #151
  • Jack the Toad – 1973 – U.S. #84
  • Boogie Brothers – 1974 – U.S. #101
  • Wire Fire – 1975 – U.S. #153
  • Skin 'n' Bone – 1976 – U.S. #206
  • Return – 1978 – U.S. #208
  • Rock 'n' Roll Warriors – 1981 – U.S. #185
  • Greatest Hits – Live in Concert – 1981
  • Just Live (recorded 1970) – 1981
  • Live in Central Park (recorded 1972) – 1985 (Relix Records RRLP 2014)
  • Slow Train – 1986 (Relix Records RRLP 2023)
  • Make Me Sweat – 1988
  • Kings of Boogie – 1989
  • Live and Kickin' – 1990
  • Let It Ride – 1992
  • Bring It Home – 1994
  • Live at the Record Plant (recorded 1975) – 1998
  • The Bottom Line Encore Collection (live, recorded 1981) – 1999
  • The Blues Keep Me Holding On – 1999
  • Looking from the Outside – Live '69 & '70 – 2000
  • Jack the Toad – Live 70/72 – 2000
  • Strange Dreams – 2003
  • You Should Have Been There – 2005
  • Steel – 2007
  • Too Much Of A Good Thing – 2009
  • Voodoo Moon – 2011
  • Songs From The Road – 2013
  • Goin' to the Delta – 2014[7]

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References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Biography by Steve Huey". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 12 April 2009. 
  3. ^ Martin "Jet" Celmins and Jeff Watt, http://www.savoybrown.com/band4.html
  4. ^ Tobler, John (1992). NME Rock 'N' Roll Years (1st ed.). London: Reed International Books Ltd. p. 260. CN 5585. 
  5. ^ Saulnier, Jason (30 December 2011). "Dave Walker Interview". Music Legends. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Bman's Blues Report: New Ruf Records release: Voodoo Moon – Savoy Brown – review". Bmansbluesreport.com. 2011-10-24. Retrieved 2012-04-24. 
  7. ^ "Bman's Blues Report: Bman's Exclusive Interview with Kim Simmonds – Savoy Brown". Bmansbluesreport.com. 2011-11-02. Retrieved 2012-04-24. 
  8. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 483. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  9. ^ "Allmusic ((( Savoy Brown > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". 

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