Sunday, January 17, 2010
Jango Song Of The Day-The Sensational Alex Harvey Band
The Sensational Alex Harvey Band had a brief run in the 70s. But he was around for a long time before his brand of rock struck a chord with fans and then he died prematurely. Alex Harvey was born Feb. 5, 1935 in Glasgow, Scotland. In 1959 he started Alex Harvey's Soul Band. They had modest success and he dissolved the band in 1965 and returned with Giant Moth in 1967. That ended when Harvey accepted a job in the pit band of the London production of the musical Hair. In the early 70s he recruited a band called Tear Gas and renamed the band The Sensational Alex Harvey Band. They were Zal Cleminson on guitar, Hugh McKenna on keyboards, Chris Glen on bass and Ted McKenna (Hugh's cousin) on drums. It took a few years for the band to become popular with fans but this cover of Delilah was a top ten single in 1975. Their albums were released in North America but their success in England didn't translate. Harvey left the band in 1976 and they continued as SAHB Without Alex. They continued to record seperately until Alex Harvey suffered a heart attack while on tour in Belgium and died Feb. 4, 1982 at age 47. This comp is a good intro to their music. SAHB reformed in 2004 and still tours today. Here's The Sensational Alex Harvey Band performing Delilah on The Old Grey Whistle Test 1975.