Family

Todays little feature is a possibly not so well know leicester Band from the 60`s & 70`s who played their final concert at the Hawthorn Building of Leicester Polytecnic on 13 October 1973 I was there.

Family, 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 distinctive vocals of Roger Chapman, described as a “bleating vibrato”,were considered unique, although Chapman was trying to emulate the voices of Little Richard and Ray Charles,some reviewers noting that Chapman’s voice could be grating and irritating occasionally.John “Charlie” Whitney was an accomplished and innovative guitarist. The band had many multi-instrumentalists like Ric Grech, Jim King in the band and had access to keyboards such as the Hammond organ, the new Mellotron, violin, flute and vibraphone.

Here are three of their better known tunes.

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