Graham Bond

Graham John Clifton Bond (28 October 1937 – 8 May 1974) was an English rock/blues musician and vocalist, considered a founding father of the English rhythm and blues boom of the 1960s.

Graham Bond
Bond, c. 1970
Background information
Birth nameGraham John Clifton Bond
Born(1937-10-28)28 October 1937
Romford, England
Died8 May 1974(1974-05-08) (aged 36)
Finsbury Park, London, England
GenresRhythm and blues, blues-rock, blues, jazz
InstrumentsKeyboards, saxophone, vocals
Years active1960s–1974
Associated actsDon Rendell, Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated, The Graham Bond Organisation, Ginger Baker's Air Force

Bond was an innovator, described as "an important, under-appreciated figure of early British R&B",[1] along with Cyril Davies and Alexis Korner. Jack Bruce, John McLaughlin and Ginger Baker first achieved prominence in his group, the Graham Bond Organisation. Bond was voted Britain's New Jazz Star in 1961.[2][3] He was an early user of the Hammond organ/Leslie speaker combination in British rhythm and blues[4] – he "split" the Hammond for portability – and was the first rock artist to record using a Mellotron,[4] on his There's A Bond Between Us LP. As such he was a major influence upon later rock keyboardists: Deep Purple's Jon Lord said "He taught me, hands on, most of what I know about the Hammond organ".[5]