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Abrahams, Mick

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Ex- Jethro Tull and Blodwyn Pig guitarist.

Founded: 1943

Location: Luton, Bedfordshire, England

Website: Squirrel Music: the only Mick Abrahams-Blodwyn Pig Official Site

Andromeda

John Du Cann's band prior to his joining Atomic Rooster. Also of note are the one-off Five Day Week Straw People and The Attack.

Founded: 1968

Location: London, England

Argent

Rod Argent and Russ Ballard's 70s rock outfit.

Founded: 1968

Location: London, England

Website: Rod Argent.com home page

Argent, Rod

Keyboardist and composer of the Zombies and Argent.

Founded: 1945

Location: St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England

Website: Rod Argent.com home page

Bakerloo

Originally called the Bakerloo Blues Line, Dave "Clem" Clempson, Terry Poole and Keith Baker released one album of blues rock for Harvest. Also of note was their "Drivin' Bachwards", an earlier version of Bach's Bourree in E minor than the more famous one recorded by Jethro Tull.

Founded: 1967

Blodwyn Pig

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Mick Abraham's post Jethro Tull band, also featured hornster Jack Lancaster, Andy Pyle and Ron Berg. Both releases were highly successful, both musically and in the UK charts.

Founded: 1968

Location: London, England

Website: Squirrel Music: the only Mick Abrahams-Blodwyn Pig Official Site

Circus

Originally the Stormsville Shakers, the band morphed into Circus when leader Phillip Goodhand-Tait left the band in 1969. They earned their stripes with a residency at the Marquee Club in Soho and providing a start for Mel Collins, undoubtedly the one of the star instrumentalists of the progressive era.

Founded: 1968

Location: London, England

Clouds

Formed in 1966 and known as 1-2-3, the members of Clouds were one of the first proponents of organ-driven rock and their residency at the Marquee Club influenced many would-be prog rockers. Their set included a cover of Paul Simon's "America", the arrangement Yes nicked for their version. Bassist Ian Ellis, keyboardist Billy Ritchie and drummer Harry Hughes changed their name to Clouds when they signed to Island Records in 1967.

Founded: 1966

Location: Edinburgh, Central Scotland

Website: Clouds

Cressida

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Atypical Vertigo label signing, Cressida produced two proto-prog albums in the early 70s, the latter released posthumously.

Founded: 1968

Location: London, England

Website: The Official Cressida Web Site

Deviants

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Led by Mick Farren, one of the original "underground" bands to come out of Ladbroke Grove.

Founded: 1967

Location: Ladbroke Grove, London

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