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...
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