This melodic British country rock outfit - Stewart Brown (vocals), Mick Grabham (guitar, ex-Plastic Penny), B.J. Cole (b. 17 June 1946, London, England; pedal steel guitar), Rick Wills (bass) and John ‘Willie’ Wilson (b. 8 July 1947, Cambridge, England; drums) - made its recording debut in 1970. The confidence displayed on Cochise continued on its successor, Swallow Tales, where a grasp of contemporary Americana was enhanced by several supporting musicians, including Tim Renwick (b. 7 August 1949, Cambridge, England) and Cal Batchelor. The latter duo’s rapport with drummer Wilson resurfaced in a subsequent outfit, Quiver. New lead vocalist John Gilbert also made his debut on Swallow Tales. Another line-up change ensued when Wilson departed for Quiver and was replaced by Roy Otemro, but Cochise broke up in 1972 following the release of a third album, So Far. Cole and Wills became respected session musicians; the latter was also a member of several bands including Peter Frampton’s Camel, Roxy Music and later versions of the Small Faces, while Grabham joined Procol Harum where he remained until their break-up in 1977. Their catalogue was reissued on Spiral Records in 2002.
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