Tuesday, March 5, 2024

The Groundhogs frontman Tony McPhee dies aged 79

Singer and guitarist Tony McPhee, who fronted British blues and rock group The Groundhogs throughout six many years, has died aged 79.

The band confirmed McPhee’s dying in an announcement on their Fb web page, which learn: “We’re deeply saddened to announce that 79-year-old guitar and blues legend Tony (TS) McPhee, died peacefully at dwelling at the moment sixth June, from problems following a fall final 12 months.”

Born on March 22, 1944, in Humberston, Lincolnshire, McPhee started listening to imported blues albums that his brother would convey dwelling. He informed Traditional Rock in 2007 that “it was then that I first heard this uncooked stuff and my ears pricked up. There was some good pop music on the time however nothing that actually stirred you. Then I went to see Cyril Davies on the Marquee in 1963, heard correct R&B and thought: ‘this’ll do’”.

He joined a south London group, the Greenback Payments, in 1962 and renamed them the Groundhogs after the John Lee Hooker music ‘Groundhog Blues’. The band caught to their blues roots whereas their friends strayed away leaning into pop as a option to appeal to extra of a mainstream viewers.

The Groundhogs would get the prospect to work with Hooker himself, backing him on his 1965 LP ‘Hooker And The Hogs’ after which on two UK excursions. Their debut, 1968’s ‘Scratching The Floor’ faltered as Motown took over. “The primary blues growth ended when soul got here in, that killed it stone useless,” shared McPhee.

With Fleetwood Mac and Humble Pie getting into the scene, The Groundhogs returned with their second album ‘Blues Obituary’ which was adopted by ‘Thank Christ For The Bomb’, ‘Break up’ and ‘Who Will Save the World?’.

“Tony McPhee is an absolute genius. He was the British Hendrix, y’know? He may do hovering suggestions solos, and actually took the entire guitar-playing factor so far as he may. And what he doesn’t know in regards to the blues isn’t value understanding,” shared The Dammed’s Captain Wise in an interview with Traditional Rock.

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