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In July 1976.

In July 1976, “Columbia” label released “More Than Ever”, the ninth Blood, Sweat & Tears album. It was recorded in 1975, and was produced by Bob James.


  • David Clayton-Thomas – vocals
  • Mike Stern – guitar
  • Steve Khan – guitar
  • Eric Gale – guitar
  • Larry Willis – keyboards
  • Bob James – keyboards
  • Richard Tee – keyboards
  • Hugh McCracken – guitar
  • Danny Trifan – bass
  • Gary King – bass
  • Eric Weissberg – banjo, dobro
  • Bobby Colomby – drums
  • Don Alias – percussion
  • Tony Klatka – trumpet
  • Forest Buchtell – trumpet
  • Dave Bargeron – trombone, tuba
  • Bill Tillman – tenor saxophone, flute
  • Arnie Lawrence – alto saxophone
  • Jon Faddis – trumpet
  • Marvin Stamm – trumpet
  • Dave Taylor – trombone
  • Sid Weinberg – oboe
  • Dave Freidman – xylophone, marimba, vibes
  • Patti Austin, Vivian Cherry, Lani Groves, Gwendolyn Guthrie, Yolanda McCullough, Frank Lloyd, William Eaton, Zachery Sanders

Track listing:

  1. They – David Clayton-Thomas, William Daniel Smith
  2. I Love You More Than Ever – Allan Langdon, Douglas Lenier
  3. Katy Bell – Stephen C. Foster, Bob James
  4. Sweet Sadie the Savior – Patti Austin
  5. Hollywood – David Clayton-Thomas, William Daniel Smith
  6. You’re the One – David Clayton-Thomas, William Daniel Smith
  7. Heavy Blue – Larry Willis
  8. Saved By the Grace Of Your Love – William Daniel Smith, David Palmer

On June 14, 2000.

On June 14, 2000, Paul Griffin died aged 62. He was musician (piano, keyboards), performed and recorded with hundreds of musicians including: King Curtis, Bob Dylan, Steely Dan, Don McLean, the Isley Brothers, Van Morrison, the Shirelles, Dionne Warwick. Dion DiMucci, George Benson, Tom Rush, Wilson Pickett, Michael Franks, John Denver, Peter, Paul and Mary, David Clayton-Thomas, Gloria Loring, Melba Moore, LaVern Baker, Janis Siegel, Solomon Burke, Jackie Lomax, Marlena Shaw, Roberta Flack, Donny Hathaway, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Don Mclean, Carly Simon, Juddy Collins, Cheryl Lynn, Gloria Gaynor, Stephanie Mills, Donald Fagen,  Van Morrison, Paul Simon, Garland Jeffreys, Aretha Franklin, Bonnie Raitt and Laura Nyro.

On December 14, 2018.

On December 14, 2018, Joseph Osborn died aged 81. He was musician (bass), known for his work as a session musician, member of the Wrecking Crew in Los Angeles, and the A-Team in Nashville. He recorded and performed with Ricky Nelson, Johnny Rivers, the Mamas & the Papas, The Association, The 5th Dimension, Simon & Garfunkel, The Carpenters, Don Francisco, The Grass Roots, America, Glen Campbell, Thelma Houston, Al Kooper, Billy Joel, Michael Nesmith, Barbra Streisand, Lulu, Paul Simon, David Clayton-Thomas, Art Garfunkel, J. J. Cale, Olivia Newton-John, Amy Grant, Kenny Rogers, Neil Young, Tanya Tucker, and Jackie Lomax. In 2010, Osborn was inducted into the “Louisiana Music Hall of Fame”.

On August 20, 2009.

On August 20, 2009, Lawrence William Knechtel died aged 69. He was a musician (keyboards, bass), a member of the Wrecking Crew, a collection of Los Angeles-based session musicians, and the band Bread. He recorded with big number of renowned artists including Elvis Presley, The Byrds, Barbra Streisand, The Beach Boys, The Doors, Cher, Simon & Garfunkel, Duane Eddy, The Mamas & the Papas, The Monkees, the Partridge Family, Paul Simon, Chet Baker, Jerry Garcia, Dave mason, Nancy Sinatra, Howard Roberts, Thelma Houston, Glen Campbell, Peter Allen, Barry Mann, Lalo Schifrin, Jimmy Webb, José Feliciano, Jackie DeShannon, Brian Cadd, Bobby Darin, Art Garfunkel, Stephen Bishop, David Clayton-Thomas, Billy Joel, Barry McGuire, Paul Young, Dolly Parton, Al Kooper, Johnny Rivers, John Denver, Chet Atkins, Helen Reddy, Joan Baez, Alen Roth, and Neil Diamond. Knechtel released two solo albums.

In August 1970.

In August 1970, “Blue Note” label released “Electric Funk”, the 20th Jimmy McGriff album. It was recorded in September 1969, in New York City, and was produced by Sonny Lester.


  • Jimmy McGriff– electronic organ
  • Blue Mitchell– trumpet
  • Stanley Turrentine– tenor saxophone
  • Horace Ott– electric piano, arranger
  • Unknown – guitar
  • Chuck Rainey– electric bass
  • Bernard Purdie– drums

Track listing:

All tracks by Jimmy McGriff except where noted

  1. Back on the Track – Horace Ott
  2. Chris Cross – Horace Ott
  3. Miss Poopie – Horace Ott
  4. The Bird Wave
  5. Spear for Moondog Part 1
  6. Spear for Moondog Part 2
  7. Tight Times – Horace Ott
  8. Spinning Wheel – David Clayton-Thomas
  9. Funky Junk – Horace Ott

In June 1971.

In June 1971, “Columbia” label released “Blood, Sweat & Tears 4”, the fourth Blood, Sweat & Tears album. It was recorded in 1971, and was produced by Don Heckman, Bobby Colomby and Roy Halee.


  • Dave Bargeron- trombone, tuba, bass trombone, baritone horn, acoustic bass
  • David Clayton-Thomas- lead vocals except as noted; guitar
  • Bobby Colomby- drums, percussion
  • Jim Fielder- bass; guitar
  • Dick Halligan- organ, trombone, piano, flute
  • Steve Katz- electric guitar, acoustic guitar, harmonica, mandolin; lead vocals
  • Fred Lipsius- alto saxophone, piano, organ, clarinet
  • Lew Soloff- trumpet, flugelhorn, piccolo trumpet
  • Chuck Winfield- trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Don Heckman- clarinet, bass clarinet
  • Michael Smith – congas
  • Engineers: Roy Halee, Lou Waxman, Robert Honablue
  • Arrangers: Dave Bargeron, David Clayton-Thomas, Jim Fielder, Dick Halligan, Al Kooper, Fred Lipsius
  • Design, photography: Norman Seeff

Track listing:

  1. Go Down Gamblin’ – David Clayton-Thomas
  2. Cowboys and Indians – Dick Halligan, Terry Kirkman
  3. John the Baptist (Holy John) – Al Kooper, Phyllis Major
  4. Redemption – Dick Halligan, David Clayton-Thomas
  5. Lisa, Listen to Me – Dick Halligan, David Clayton-Thomas
  6. A Look to My Heart – Fred Lipsius
  7. High on a Mountain – Steve Katz
  8. Valentine’s Day – Steve Katz
  9. Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While) – Holland-Dozier-Holland
  10. For My Lady – SteveKatz
  11. Mama Gets High – Dave Bargeron, Steve Katz
  12. A Look to My Heart – Fred Lipsius

In June 1970.

In June 1970, “Columbia” label released “Blood, Sweat & Tears 3”, the third Blood, Sweat & Tears album. It was recorded in 1970, and was produced by Bobby Colomby and Roy Halee.


  • David Clayton-Thomas- lead vocals
  • Fred Lipsius- alto saxophone, piano, backing vocals, electric piano, music box
  • Lew Soloff- trumpet, flugelhorn, piccolo trumpet
  • Chuck Winfield- trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Jerry Hyman- trombone, bass trombone, recorder
  • Steve Katz- guitar, lead vocals, harmonica
  • Dick Halligan- organ, backing vocals, piano, electric piano, harpsichord, celeste, trombone, flute, alto flute, baritone horn
  • Jim Fielder- bass
  • Bobby Colomby- drums, backing vocals, percussion
  • Engineers: Roy Halee, Lou Waxman, Robert Honablue
  • Arrangers: David Clayton-Thomas, Bobby Colomby, Jim Fielder, Dick Halligan, Fred Lipsius
  • Design: John Berg
  • Photography: Lee Friedlander, Melissa Katz, Fred Lombardi

Track listing:

  1. Hi-De-Ho – Gerry Goffin, Carole King
  2. The Battle – Dick Halligan, Steve Katz
  3. Lucretia MacEvil – David Clayton-Thomas
  4. Lucretia’s Reprise – Blood, Sweat & Tears
  5. Fire and Rain – James Taylor
  6. Lonesome Suzie – Richard Manuel
  7. Symphony for the Devil – Dick Halligan / Sympathy for the Devil – Mick Jagger, Keith Richards
  8. He’s a Runner – Laura Nyro
  9. Somethin’ Comin’ On – Joe Cocker, Chris Stainton
  10. 40,000 Headmen – Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi

In April 1975.

In April 1975, “Columbia” label released “New City”, the eighth Blood, Sweat & Tears album. It was produced by was recorded 1974-1975, and Jimmy Ienner.


  • David Clayton-Thomas– vocals
  • Dave Bargeron– trombone, tuba, baritone horn, bass trumpet
  • Bobby Colomby– drums, percussion, background vocals
  • Joe Giorgianni – trumpet, flugelhorn, piccolo trumpet
  • Tony Klatka – trumpet, flugelhorn, piccolo trumpet
  • Ron McClure– bass
  • Bill Tillman – saxophone, background vocals
  • Georg Wadenius– guitar, background vocals
  • Larry Willis– keyboards
  • Mike Corbett – background vocals
  • Greg Calbi– engineer
  • Tom Dwyer – assistant
  • Rod O’Brien – assistant engineer
  • Carmine Rubino – engineer
  • Shelly Yakus– engineer

Track listing:

  1. Ride Captain Ride – Skip Konte, Franke Konte, Mike Pinera, Carlos Pinera
  2. Life – Allen Toussaint
  3. No Show – Ron McClure
  4. I Was a Witness to a War – Danny Meehan, Bobby Scott
  5. One Room Country Shack – John Lee Hooker, traditional
  6. Applause – Janis Ian
  7. Yesterday’s Music – Clayton-Thomas, William Smith
  8. Naked Man – Randy Newman
  9. Got to Get You into My Life – John Lennon, Paul McCartney
  10. Takin’ It Home – Bobby Colomby


On December 11, 1968.

Blood Sweat & Tears Second album

On December 11, 1968, “Columbia” label released self titled second Blood, Sweet & Tears album. It was recorded October 1968, at “CBS Studios” in New York,  and was produced by James William Guercio. The album was huge commercial success with over four million copies sold only in the US, and has been certified 4 x Platinum by the RIAA. The album received “Grammy Award” for “Album of the Year” in 1970.


  • David Clayton-Thomas– lead vocals
  • Lew Soloff– trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Bobby Colomby– drums, percussion, vocals
  • Jim Fielder– bass
  • Dick Halligan– organ, piano, flute, trombone, vocals
  • Steve Katz– guitar, harmonica, vocals, lead vocals
  • Fred Lipsius– alto saxophone, piano
  • Chuck Winfield– trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Jerry Hyman– trombone, recorder
  • Arrangers: Dick Halligan, Fred Lipsius, Al Kooper
  • Cover art:Timothy Quay, Bob Cato
  • Photography: Harrie George
  • Design:John Berg

Track listing:

  1. Variations on a theme by Erik Satie (1st and 2nd Movements)
  2. Adapted from “Trois Gymnopédies”; arr. by Dick Halligan
  3. Smiling Phases –  Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood
  4. Sometimes in Winter – Steve Katz
  5. More and More – Vee Pee Smith, Don Juan
  6. And When I Die – Laura Nyro
  7. God Bless the Child – Billie Holiday, Arthur Herzog Jr.
  8. Spinning Wheel -David Clayton-Thomas
  9. You’ve Made Me So Very Happy – Berry Gordy Jr., Brenda Holloway, Patrice Holloway, Frank Wilson
  10. Blues – Part II – Blood, Sweat & Tears
  11. Interpolating Sunshine of Your Love (Jack Bruce, Pete Brown,  Eric Clapton), Spoonful – Willie Dixon, Somethin’ Goin’ On – Al Kooper
  12. Variations on a theme by Erik Satie” (1st Movement)