Happy Birthday to Raymond “Boz” Burrell born – August 1, 1946 – September 21, 2006!
Raymond “Boz” Burrell was an English musician. Originally a vocalist and guitarist, Burrell is best known for his bass playing and work with the bands King Crimson and Bad Company. He died of a heart attack in Spain on 21 September 2006 aged 60
Raymond Burrell was born on August 1, 1946 in Holbeach, Lincolnshire. As a teen in the 1950s, he began playing rhythm guitar for the Tea Time 4, a group formed with his school pal Bernie Rudd. They both acquired a passion for jazz and enjoyed acts such as Mose Allison, John Coltrane, and Charlie Mingus. By 1963 Burrell became the vocalist for The Tea Time 4, an R&B/Jazz quartet with a reputation of upstaging the acts for whom they opened. Lineup changes were inevitable but success came with a move to London in 1965 at the suggestion of manager, Jack Barrie. With the addition of Ian McLagan on keyboard and a name change to Boz People, the group secured a contract with EMI’s Columbia label.
Burrells’ style leant more towards jazz where as McLagan was into Booker T, four singles being recorded and backing band slots with Kenny Lynch and Elkie Brooks. However, with little commercial success McLagan soon left to join The Small Faces.