BOOKING OFFER: GROUNDHOGS

Dear all,

I’m booking some shows in March 2012 for GROUNDHOGS.
This is a total unusual offer for me.

Please read this biography and also click on this:

http://ckuik.com/Groundhogs

The band was originally formed as The Dollar Bills in New Cross, London in
1962 by brothers Pete and John Cruickshank (born in 1943 and 1945
respectivley[1] in Calcutta, West Bengal, India). Tony McPhee, the lead
guitarist in an instrumental group called the Shcenuals, joined the group
later that same year. McPhee steered them towards the blues and renamed
them after a John Lee Hooker song, « Groundhog’s Blues ».

John Cruickshank suggested they became John Lee’s Groundhogs when they
backed John Lee Hooker on his 1964 UK tour: they later supplemented Little
Walter, Jimmy Reed and Champion Jack Dupree when they toured the UK.
McPhee featured on Dupree’s From New Orleans to Chicago (1966) alongside
Eric Clapton. The Groundhogs issued « Shake It » b/w « Rock Me » on the
Interphon record label in January 1965.

Their line-up on their first album, Scratchin’ the Surface, released in
November 1968,[1] consisted of Tony McPhee (born Anthony Charles McPhee,
22 March 1944, at Redlands House near Humberston, Lincolnshire,
England[1]) as singer and guitarist; bassist Peter Cruickshank (born 2
July 1945,[1] in Calcutta, West Bengal, India); Ken Pustelnik on drums
(born 13 March 1946 on a farm near Blairgowry, Angus, Scotland) and Steve
Rye on harmonica (born 8 March 1946 in London – died 14 July 1992, in
London). In 1969, the single « BBD » (Blind Deaf Dumb) flopped in the UK but
hit number one in Lebanon.[1]

The group’s album releases Thank Christ For The Bomb (May 1970); Split
(March 1971); and Who Will Save the World? The Mighty Groundhogs (March
1972), recorded as a trio without Rye, all reached the Top 10 in the UK
Albums Chart.[2] Split reached number 5, spending 27 weeks in the UK
Albums Chart and achieved gold record status, while a single release from
the album, « Cherry Red », was featured on BBC Television’s Top of the Pops
programme on 22 April 1971.[1]

They supported The Rolling Stones on their 1971 British tour at the
request of Mick Jagger and released an album of their live set on the
Stones tour, recorded at Leeds University and called Live at Leeds. All
these albums and live shows were performed by the classic power trio of
Cruickshank, McPhee and Pustelnik. 1974’s album Solid saw a last return to
the charts.[1]

After breaking up in 1976 they came back as a largely live act almost a
decade later with a different line-up. At times in the 1990s McPhee
alternated two line-ups, one with a second guitarist. After years of
performing and recording for a loyal following, original manager Roy
Fisher put together a short-lived ‘original line-up’ to celebrate their
fortieth anniversary. McPhee left the band again in order to pursue an
acoustic career, leaving Cruickshank and Pustelnik to continue,
subsequently forming ‘The Groundhogs Rhythm Section’ with invited
frontmen, latterly with Eddie Martin, while McPhee embarked on a major
tour in 2004 with Edgar Winter and Alvin Lee and issued an acoustic blues
album Blues at Ten.

McPhee put together a new band in 2007, with long-time Groundhogs bassist
Dave Anderson (ex-Hawkwind) and Marco Anderson on drums. This trio toured
England in 2008 with Focus and Martin Turner’s Wishbone Ash. The 2009
line-up of Tony McPhee’s Groundhogs comprised McPhee, Anderson and
previous long-term drummer Mick Jones. The Groundhogs Rhythm Section’s
latest recruit, Bob Bowles (guitar, vocals), joined Ken Pustelnik and Pete
Cruickshank in March 2010.

I hope to hear from you asap.

Regards.

Alain

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