Bloodrock

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Bloodrock
Origin Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Genres
Years active 19691975, 2005
Past members Nick Taylor
Ed Grundy
Jim Rutledge
Dean Parks
Lee Pickens
Stevie Hill
Rick Cobb
Warren Ham
Randy Reader
Derek Brunson Faulk
Chris Taylor

Bloodrock was an American rock band based in Fort Worth, Texas that had considerable success in the 1970s. The band was one of the earliest of a number of noteworthy bands to emerge from the Fort Worth club and music scene during the early to mid-1970s.

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Early career

Bloodrock initially formed in Fort Worth in 1963, under the name The Naturals. This first lineup featured Jim Rutledge (b. January 24, 1947) – drums/vocals, Nick Taylor (b. October 29, 1946 - d. March 10, 2010) – guitar/vocals, Ed Grundy (b. March 10, 1948) – bass/vocals, and Dean Parks – guitar. They released their first single in 1965 "Hey Girl" b/w "I Want You" (Rebel MME 1003). Shortly thereafter they changed their name to Crowd + 1 and released three more singles: "Mary Ann Regrets” b/w "Whatcha Tryin’ to Do to Me" (BOX 6604), "Don’t Hold Back" b/w "Try," and "Circles" b/w “Most Peculiar Things."

Weldon Dean Parks is an American session guitarist and record producer from Ft. Worth, Texas, United States.

In 1967, Parks left Crowd +1 to become the musical director for The Sonny & Cher Show (the beginning of a long career as a session musician). He was replaced by Lee Pickens (b. December 8, 194?) – guitar. It was also at this time that Stevie Hill (b. Tulsa, Oklahoma, d. September 12, 2013) – keyboards/vocals joined the group. They continued as Crowd + 1 until 1969 (though some fans of the band recall the band briefly calling themselves Texas) when they changed their name to Bloodrock, conceived by Grand Funk Railroad manager/producer Terry Knight. They also recorded their first album, that Terry Knight produced, Bloodrock (Capitol ST-435). The album, released in March 1970, peaked at 160 on the Billboard 200 chart.

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Terry Knight was an American rock and roll music producer, promoter, singer, songwriter and radio personality, who enjoyed some success in radio, modest success as a singer, but phenomenal success as the original manager-producer for Grand Funk Railroad and the producer for Bloodrock.

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In 1970, Rutledge moved from behind the drum set to take on lead vocal duties exclusively. Rick Cobb (b. James Richard Cobb III) took over the percussive duties and added his voice to the group as well. This lineup recorded their next four albums: Bloodrock 2 (ST-491), Bloodrock 3 (ST-765), Bloodrock USA (SMAS 645), and Bloodrock Live (SVBB-11038).

Bloodrock 2 and D.O.A.

Bloodrock 2 was their most successful album peaking at number 21 on the Billboard Pop Album Chart in 1971, mostly on the strength of their single "D.O.A.", which reached number 36 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on March 6, 1971. "D.O.A." also gave the band considerable regional exposure throughout the Southwest and West, particularly in Texas and Southern California. "D.O.A." was probably the band's most wellknown and well remembered single. The motivation for writing this song was explained in 2005 by guitarist Lee Pickens. “When I was 17, I wanted to be an airline pilot,” Pickens said. “I had just gotten out of this airplane with a friend of mine, at this little airport, and I watched him take off. He went about 200 feet in the air, rolled and crashed.” The band decided to write a song around the incident and include it on their second album. [1]

<i>Bloodrock 2</i> album by Bloodrock

Bloodrock 2 is the second album by the Texas rock band Bloodrock, released on Capitol Records in October 1970 and produced by Terry Knight. Early the following year, the gory extended track "D.O.A." became the biggest hit of Bloodrock's career when issued in shorter form as a single. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA January 3, 1990. The motivation for writing this song was explained in 2005 by guitarist Lee Pickens. “When I was 17, I wanted to be an airline pilot,” Pickens said. “I had just gotten out of this airplane with a friend of mine, at this little airport, and I watched him take off. He went about 200 feet in the air, rolled and crashed.”

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"D.O.A." is a song by Texas hard rock band Bloodrock released by Capitol Records in early 1971. The song is about an airplane crash victim and his girlfriend dying on the way to the hospital. The version of "D.O.A." released as a single is roughly half the length of the long album version found on Bloodrock 2. The motivation for writing this song was explained in 2005 by guitarist Lee Pickens. “When I was 17, I wanted to be an airline pilot,” Pickens said. “I had just gotten out of this airplane with a friend of mine, at this little airport, and I watched him take off. He went about 200 feet in the air, rolled and crashed.” The band decided to write a song around the incident and include it on their second album.

Further career

In 1972 Lee Pickens left to form The Lee Pickens Group and released the album 'LPG" in 1973 on Capitol Records. Jim Rutledge retired from active music altogether, however in 1976 he also released a solo album on Capitol Records entitled: "Hooray for Good Times". Rutledge was replaced by Warren Ham in early 1972. The subsequent album, Passage was the last time Bloodrock visited the charts. It peaked at number 104 on the Billboard 200 in 1972.

Warren Ham is a vocalist, saxophonist, flautist from Fort Worth, Texas.

1973 brought another personnel change: Rick Cobb vacated the drums to be replaced by Randy Reader. This line up recorded one album: Whirlwind Tongues (1974).

<i>Whirlwind Tongues</i> album by Bloodrock

Whirlwind Tongues is the final studio album by the Texan rock band Bloodrock released by Capitol Records in February 1974. The album continues in the path of its previous release, Passage, by contrasting with the band's earlier hard rock material in favor of a progressive rock sound. Rick Cobb III (drummer) was replaced on this release by Randy Reeder (drummer).

The end of the road for Bloodrock came in 1975. Randy Reader left the group and an album, Unspoken Words, remained unreleased until 2000, where it was included as part of the CD release Triptych (along with Passage and Whirlwind Tongues). Unspoken Words featured Bill Ham and Matt Betton.

2005 reunion concert

A reunion concert featuring five of the six original members (Jim Rutledge, Lee Pickens, Ed Grundy, Nick Taylor, Stevie Hill, and Chris Taylor (Nick's Son) in place of original drummer Rick Cobb III) was held on March 12, 2005 in Fort Worth, for the benefit of their keyboardist Stevie Hill, to help with medical costs related to his combating leukemia (diagnosed in June 2002). The reunion concert was filmed and released on DVD. Stevie Hill passed away on September 12, 2013 from leukemia.

Discography

Studio albums

Other releases

Live albums

YearTitleFormatLabelCatalognoRemark
1972 Bloodrock Live 2 12"LP'sCAPITOLSVBB 11038
2007Another Amazing Adventure: The Bloodrock Reunion ConcertCDPRIVATE PRESSING

Compilations

YearTitleFormatLabelCatalognoRemark
1975Bloodrock 'n' Roll12"LPCAPITOLSM 11417U.S. Compilation
1976Bloodrock - Hitroad12"LPSOUNDS SUPERBSPR 80536Dutch compilation
1989D.O.A.CassetteCAPITOL SPECIAL PRODUCTS4XL 57214U.S. Budget Compilation
2000 Triptych 2 CD'sONE WAY525 437 2Passage, Whirlwind Tongues & Unspoken Words
2007Two Originals - Passage & Whirlwind TonguesCDMASONMR 56461Import

Singles

YearTitleFormatLabelCatalognoRemark
1970Gotta Find A Way / Fatback7"singleCAPITOLST 2736
1971 D.O.A. / Children's Heritage7"singleCAPITOLST 3009
1971D.O.A. / D.O.A.7"singleCAPITOLPRO 27637Promo
1971A Certain Kind / A Certain Kind7"singleCAPITOLSPRO 6187Promo
1971A Certain Kind / You Gotta Roll7"singleCAPITOLST 3089
1971D.O.A. / Castle Of Thoughts7"singleCAPITOLST 3399
1971Lucky In The Morning ~ Children's Heritage / Jessica ~ Dier Not A Lover7"EP?TKR 052Thailand
1971Jessica / You Gotta Roll7"singleCAPITOLST 3161
1971Jessica / Jessica7"singleCAPITOLP 3161Promo
1972Rock & Roll Candy Man /Don't Eat The Children7"singleCAPITOLST 3227
1972Erosion / Castle Of Thoughts7"singleCAPITOLST 3320
1972Erosion/Erosion7"singleCAPITOL?Promo
1972Help Is On The Way / Interview7"singleCAPITOLPRO 6579Promo
1972Passage: Help Is On The Way ~ The Power / Scottsman ~ Life Blood7"EP?IT 015Thailand
1972American Burn ~ Don't Eat The Children / Crazy 'bout You Babe ~ It's A Sad World7"EP?M 048Thailand
1973Help Is On The Way / Thank You Daniel Elssberg7"singleCAPITOLST 3451
1973Thank You Daniel Elssberg / Voices7"singleCAPITOLST 3770
1974D.O.A. / Lucky In The Morning7"singleCAPITOLCR 2741Japan

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