Happy Birthday to Tony Stevens – born September 12, 1949!
Stevens joined the British blues-rock band Savoy Brown in 1968, and contributed to four of that band’s albums over the next two years as bassist and songwriter. Savoy Brown, which also included drummer Roger Earl, guitarist Kim Simmonds and singer/guitarist “Lonesome” Dave Peverett, built a healthy following in the U.K. and U.S. through extensive touring; they were notable enough in the U.S. that, on 7 September 1969, Stevens became a subject of American performance artist/groupie Cynthia Albritton, better known as “Cynthia Plaster Caster.” Savoy Brown’s most successful album during Stevens’ tenure with them was Looking In, whose centerpiece song, “Leavin’ Again,” he co-authored. Released in 1970, Looking In reached number 39 on the U.S. Billboard album charts.
After a concert tour of the U.S. to support Looking In, Kim Simmonds, Savoy Brown’s de facto leader, disbanded this version of the group. Following this, Stevens, Earl and Peverett, along with guitarist Rod Price, founded Foghat in January 1971. This line-up of Foghat released four albums through 1974, the most successful of which was Energized (released February 1974; U.S. Billboard No. 34). The band relocated to the U.S., where Foghat followed Savoy Brown’s approach of building a fan base via near-constant touring. Stevens ultimately came to dislike spending so much time on the road and away from England, and announced his departure from the band in 1975.
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