Gra­ham Bond Or­ga­ni­za­tion

Phil Capone con­tin­ues his ex­plo­ration of 60s Bri­tish R&B with a look at the Gra­ham Bond Or­ga­ni­za­tion, which fea­tured a rather fu­tur­is­tic, A-list line-up...

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The orig­i­nal in­car­na­tion of Gra­ham Bond’s Or­ga­ni­za­tion fea­tured Gra­ham Bond (vo­cals, key­boards, alto sax), Jack Bruce (dou­ble bass), Ginger Baker (drums), and John McLaugh­lin (gui­tar). This short-lived line-up was called the Gra­ham Bond Quar­tet; it was not un­til after Ginger Baker sacked McLaugh­lin late in 1963 that the band’s name was fi­nalised (Baker later re­vealed he was dis­missed for be­ing “a mis­er­able moaner”). McLaugh­lin was re­placed by sax­o­phon­ist Dick Heck­stall-Smith and the group recorded its first al­bum, The Sound of 65, widely con­sid­ered to be a ground­break­ing R&B record­ing. The sec­ond al­bum, There’s a Bond Be­tween Us suf­fered from dwin­dling sales and the fi­nal line-up, a trio fea­tur­ing Bond, Heck­stall-Smith and drum­mer Jon Hise­man, dis­banded in 1967. Bond died in 1974 after fall­ing un­der a tube train in London.

By the end of the 60s not only was de­mand for fu­sion and pro­gres­sive mu­sic

The first in­car­na­tion of Gra­ham Bond's Or­ga­ni­za­tion fea­tured Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker & John McLaugh­lin!

Bond, Baker and Heck­stall-Smith in a rare shot of this all but myth­i­cal band

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