Family (band)

Family are an English rock band, active from late 1966 to October 1973, and again since 2013 for a series of live shows. Their style has been characterised as progressive rock, as their sound often explored other genres, incorporating elements of styles such as folk, psychedelia, acid rock, jazz fusion, and rock and roll. The band achieved recognition in the United Kingdom through their albums, club and concert tours, and appearances at festivals.[1][2][3][4]

The original formation of the band. Left to right: John "Charlie" Whitney (guitars), Jim King (saxophones, vocals, harmonica), Rob Townsend (drums), Ric Grech (bass, vocals, violin), Roger Chapman (vocals)
Background information
OriginLeicester, England
GenresProgressive rock, hard rock, psychedelic rock, jazz rock
Years active1966–1973, 2013-present
LabelsLiberty, Reprise, Raft, United Artists
Associated actsStreetwalkers, The Roaring Sixties
MembersRoger Chapman
Rob Townsend
John "Poli" Palmer
Jim Cregan
Past membersJohn "Charlie" Whitney
Jim King
Ric Grech
Harry Ovenall
John Weider
John Wetton
Tony Ashton

Family's rotating membership throughout its relatively short existence led to a diversity in sound throughout their different albums. The group are also often seen as an unjustly forgotten act,[1] when compared with other bands from the same period and have been described as an "odd band loved by a small but rabid group of fans".[2]