The Family Dogg

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The Family Dogg
Origin England
Genres Rock, pop
Years active 1966–1976[1]
Past members Albert Hammond
Steve Rowland
Mike Hazlewood
Christine Holmes
Doreen De Veuve
Pam "Zooey" Quinn
Kevin Lamb
Ireen Sheer
Sue Lynn
Sherri Lynn
Pat Arnold

The Family Dogg were a British vocal group, noted for their harmony vocals. They are best known for their debut album, A Way of Life, and the subsequent single of the same name.


The idea was born when the Anglo-American singers of the Spanish groups, Los Flaps and Diamond Boys, Albert Hammond and Steve Rowland met for the first time at a concert in Madrid in 1964.[1] In 1966, The Family Dogg was formed in England with the participation of the singers Mike Hazlewood and Pam Zooey Quinn. The debut album, A Way of Life was released in 1969,[2] and the title track scored a number 6 hit in the UK Singles Chart.[3] Jimmy Page, John Bonham and John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin were guest musicians on this album, along with Elton John.[1]

In 1970, the group was renamed 'Steve Rowland and The Family Dogg'.[1] In April 1970, they had a Number 2 hit in the Netherlands with the song "Sympathy", previously recorded by the group Rare Bird in 1969.[1] In 1972, Steve Rowland released a last Family Dogg album, View from Rowland's Head,[4] with guest musicians Chris Spedding on guitar and Ireen Sheer as singer. This album had two pressings, one in the UK and one in the US.[4] Between the two, were included six cover songs that were written by Sixto Diaz Rodriguez.[1] Five of them were previously recorded on Rodriguez's album, Cold Fact. The sixth, "Advice To Smokey Robinson", was never recorded by Rodriguez.

The Family Dogg also released the singles "The Storm" in 1967[5] (a song originally written by the Bee Gees in Australia); "I'll Wear a Silly Grin" / "Couldn't Help It",[6] and "Brown Eyed Girl" / "Let It Rain" in 1968;[7] on the Fontana label.

On December 31, 1974 Christine Holmes appeared on UK television singing on the Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club introduced by the late Bernard Manning. Her stage name at that time was Kristine Sparkle.

Their final release in 1976 was a cover version of "Uptown Uptempo Woman".[1]

Group members[edit]

Original line-up[edit]

Later members[edit]

  • Ireen Sheer – vocals
  • Sue Lynn – vocals
  • Sherri Lynn [Brenda Pidduck] – vocals
  • Pat Arnold – vocals

Album discography[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Mark Deming. "The Family Dogg | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  2. ^ "Family Dogg, The* – A Way Of Life at Discogs". Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 195. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ a b "Family Dogg, The* – The View From Rowland's Head at Discogs". Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  5. ^ "Family Dogg, The* – Family Dog (Vinyl) at Discogs". Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  6. ^ "Family Dogg, The* – I'll Wear A Silly Grin (Vinyl) at Discogs". Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  7. ^ "The Family Dogg – Brown Eyed Girl / Let It Rain – Hansa – Germany – 14 129 AT". 45cat. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  8. ^ "The Family Dogg | Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 

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