Formed in 1972, the Butts Band included two former members of the Doors, Robbie Krieger (b. Robert Alan Krieger, 8 January 1946, Los Angeles, California, USA; guitar) and John Densmore (b. 1 December 1944, Santa Monica, California, USA; drums). After the 1973 dissolution of the Doors, the two musicians teamed up with vocalist Jess Roden (b. England), formerly of Bronco. Roy Davies (keyboards; also a member of funk/soul unit Gonzalez) and Phillip Chen (bass) completed the original line-up. One of the first white American bands to specialize in reggae music, the Butts Band signed to Blue Thumb Records. The first album was a self-titled affair that did not chart. For the second and final album, 1975’s Hear & Now, Krieger and Densmore fired the rest of the band and formed a completely new line-up, featuring Michael Stull (guitar/keyboards), Alex Richman (keyboards/vocals), Karl Rucker (bass) and Mike Berkowitz (drums). It, too, failed to chart and they disbanded in 1975. Krieger and Densmore returned to their solo careers and the other members faded into obscurity, with the exception of Roden, who recorded a number of solo albums for Island Records.
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