Climax Blues Band

Climax Blues Band

The Climax Chicago Blues Band based in Stafford, England was formed in late 1968. The original members were guitarists Derek Holt and Peter Haycock, keyboardist Arthur Wood, bassist Richard Jones, drummer George Newsome and vocalist/saxophonist Colin Cooper.

In 1970, the band shortened its name to the Climax Blues Band. The band has released eighteen albums and has had Top 40 hits in 1976 in the UK with "Couldn't Get It Right"; and in 1981 in the United States with "I Love You". The two songs were also big American hits; "Couldn't Get It Right" reached #3 on the Hot 100 in 1977, and "I Love You" reached #12 in 1981.

Band members


  • Both former band members, 'Rhino' Edwards and Jeff Rich, were recruited to join Status Quo in 1986.
  • Peter Haycock was a member of Electric Light Orchestra Part II when they recorded and toured their first album in 1990.
  • Although Holt's penned "I Love You" was one of their biggest hits (peaking at #12 in the Billboard Hot 100, and staying in the charts for just over six months), the rest of the band hated the song, and refused to play it on tour, or to include it in compilations. The song can be found on the Climax Blues band 2-CD set titled "25 Years 1968-1993".
  • "Couldn't Get It Right" was later covered by the Fun Lovin' Criminals on their album Mimosa.



  • The New Musical Express Book of Rock, 1975, Star Books, ISBN 0 352 300744

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