The Climax Chicago Blues Band
based in Stafford
was formed in late 1968. The original members were guitarists Derek Holt
and Peter Haycock
, keyboardist Arthur Wood
, bassist Richard Jones
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.
- Bass Guitar
- George Glover - (born 28 October 1947, Stoke-on-Trent). Also back-up vocalist.
- Nicky Hopkins - studio keyboardist replaced Filleul and was in Climax for two albums.
- Peter Filleul - live performance keyboardist until 1980.
- Anton Farmer - Second keyboardist, Farmer (nick name 'Humpty') replaced Arthur Wood in 1969 when the band turned professional, and remained with them until 1970, playing on the A Lot Of Bottle album and the single "Reap What I've Sowed", and shared recording work with Wood.
- Arthur Wood (born 3 August 1929, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent) - original keyboardist late 1968-1973, although he stopped live performances in 1971.
- Roy Adams (born 17 May 1952, Birmingham) - also does backing vocals.
- Neil McCallum - fills in when needed.
- Jeff Rich (born 8 June 1953, Hackney, London) - left to join Status Quo after two years.
- John Cuffley - replaced Newsome and was with Climax from 1973-1983.
- George Newsome (born George Ewart Newsome, 19 August 1947, Stafford) - original drummer for the first four albums. Left Climax in 1973.
- 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 Climax Chicago Blues Band (1969)
- Plays On (1969) US #197 Billboard 200 (1 week)
- A Lot Of Bottle (1970)
- Tightly Knit (1971)
- Rich Man (1972) US #150 Billboard 200 (10 weeks)
- FM Live (1974) US #107 Billboard 200 (30 weeks)
- Sense Of Direction (1974) US #37 Billboard 200 (29 weeks)
- Stamp Album (1975) US #69 Billboard 200 (11 weeks)
- Gold Plated (1976) US #27 Billboard 200 (44 weeks), UK #56 UK Albums Chart (1 week)
- Shine On (1978) US #71 Billboard 200 (11 weeks)
- Real To Reel (1979) US #170 Billboard 200 (6 weeks)
- Flying The Flag (1980) US #75 Billboard 200 (16 weeks)
- Lucky For Some (1981)
- Sample And Hold (1983)
- Drastic Steps (1988)
- Blues From The Attic (1993)
- The New Musical Express Book of Rock, 1975, Star Books, ISBN 0 352 300744