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Blind Faith

Blind Faith was formed in late 1968 when Eric Clapton (ex-Cream) and Steve Winwood (ex-Traffic) were at loose ends following the demise of their former bands and began to spend time together again (they had previously collaborated on a record as Powerhouse), jamming and working on new material at Clapton’s house in Surrey. At Winwood’s instigation, Cream’s former drummer Ginger Baker was invited along, and they subsequently spent some time recording in the studio. Rick Grech, bassist with Family, was invited to join them…and he left Family, mid-tour! Record ...read more

Blind Faith was formed in late 1968 when Eric Clapton (ex-Cream) and Steve Winwood (ex-Traffic) were at loose ends following the demise of their former bands and began to spend time together again (they had previously collaborated on a record as Powerhouse), jamming and working on new material at Clapton’s house in Surrey. At Winwood’s instigation, Cream’s former drummer Ginger Baker was invited along, and they subsequently spent some time recording in the studio. Rick Grech, bassist with Family, was invited to join them…and he left Family, mid-tour! Record producer Jimmy Miller came in to bring some focus to the recording of further material.

News of the formation of the group created a buzz of excitement among the public, and a free concert was scheduled for London’s Hyde Park on June 7, 1969. Their small repertoire was reported by the music press as having disappointed the crowd of 100,000 who were also expecting to hear songs from the days of Cream and Traffic. The recording of their album continued; followed by a short tour of Scandinavia, then a U.S. tour from July 11 (Newport) to August 24 (Hawaii), supported by Free and Delaney & Bonnie and Friends.

Audience reaction in the USA was similar to that in the UK, and the band was forced to appease them by playing a couple of Cream and Traffic songs. The management pressure to cash in on the hyperbole (the Press dubbed them a supergroup), and Baker’s view that the group was a continuation of Cream soured feelings within the band, and they disbanded immediately after completing the U.S. tour. « hide

Similar Bands: Cream, Traffic, Eric Clapton, Derek and the Dominos

Blind Faith
1969

4.2
94 Votes

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