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Camel

Band
1971 / Present
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Overview

Members

David Paton
Present
Chris Rainbow
Present
Stuart Tosh
Present
Andrew Latimer
1971 - Present
Colin Bass
1979 - Present
Guy LeBlanc
2000 - 2015 April
Paul Burgess
1984 - 1984, 1991 - 1992
Ton Scherpenzeel
1984 - 1984
Kit Watkins
1979 - 1982
Andy Ward
1971 - 1981
Jan Schelhaas
1978 - 1981
Richard Sinclair
1977 - 1979
Mel Collins
1977 - 1979
Peter Bardens
1971 - 1978
Doug Ferguson
1971 - 1976

Discography

Studio Album

1973
Album has 6 releases
1974
Album has 6 releases
1975
Album has 12 releases
1976
Album has 10 releases
1977
Album has 9 releases
1978
Album has 7 releases
1979
Album has 5 releases
1981
Album has 6 releases
1982
Album has 4 releases
1984
Album has 8 releases
1991
Album has 2 releases
1996
Album has 2 releases
1999
Album has 2 releases
2002
Album has 2 releases
2013
Album has 2 releases

History

Camel is an English progressive rock group from London, England, United Kingdom. They formed circa 1964 when brothers Andrew and Ian Latimer got together with their respective friends Alan Butcher and Richard Over to form The Phantom Four. The band played extensively around their home town of Guildford, Surrey before changing their name to Strange Brew. The group performed mainly cover tunes until mid-1968 when Ian Latimer quit to get married. Andrew Latimer and Alan Butcher placed an ad in the Surrey Advertiser for a bass player to which Doug Ferguson responded. On 13th November 1968 Ferguson arrived for an audition and promptly impressed the duo with his confidence, a 'fat' bass sound, excellent gear (Fender jazz bass, 2 Vox T-60 cabs with amps) and his own roadie! He was offered the gig on the spot. The new blues orientated trio was called The Brew. Shortly after joining The Brew, Ferguson told Latimer about an exciting drummer he knew. Andy Ward joined The Brew at the tender age of 14 and the heart of camel had begun to take shape.

Ferguson rapidly proved himself to be a great asset with his talent for getting the band attention and gigs. He was also very good at coaxing the promised fees out of promoters, who often protested they didn't have the money on hand. As a result, The Brew enjoyed a steady stream of performance dates and recorded their first demo, 'Crossroads' in which DJM Records seemed to show interest but the trio were disappointed to learn that it was only in using them as a backing band for another of their artists, Philip Goodhand-Tait. In 1971, they recorded an album with Goodhand-Tait, called 'I Think I'll Write A Song', but the success was minimal and the trio were dropped. The experience, however, was enlightening. Phil Tait was a piano player. The three musicians agreed a keyboard player would broaden the sound of the band and they promptly placed an ad in The Melody Maker. On 20th September 1971, Peter Bardens responded to the ad with an extensive resume (Shotgun Express [Rod Stewart & Beryl Marsden], Them [Van Morrison], Peter B's Looners [Peter Green & Mick Fleetwood] to name but a few) as well as two solo albums under his own name. The four hit it off instantly. Bardens, who had been planning to depart England for what he thought to be "the more promising shores of the USA", had previously arranged a few gigs in Ireland. Thus, on 8th October 1971, the group performed their first gig in Belfast under the name of "Peter Bardens On". Not long after they would collectively agree on a new name... Camel.

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