Hardworking R&B singer without lasting commercial success.
With Chris Farlowe & The Thunderbirds (mid 60's) featuring Albert Lee on guitar, Dave Greenslade (later in Colosseum) on organ and Carl Palmer (later in Emerson, Lake and Palmer etc.) on drums. Had a number one U.K. singles hit in 1966 with "Out Of Time" (Jagger/Richard). Recorded album "Chris Farlowe & the Thunderbirds" COLUMBIA SCX 6034 (1966)
Sadly, no more hits and the T-birds broke up.
Not much true blues on his records then, with one strange exception: The single "Stormy Monday Blues" on SUE, under the name Little Joe Cook. Simply a recorded soundcheck - reported to be great!
Farlowe formed new back up band in trio format in '67, still with Albert Lee. No major success and then Chris, too, went on to Colosseum ('70 - '71).
With Atomic Rooster '72 - '74 (albums "Made In England" and "Nice 'n' Greasy").
Touring with his own new band in '75 including the eternal Albert Lee (and I can well understand why!) and recording "The Chris Farlowe Band Live" on POLYDOR.
And so on. Check out links below for current activities. Reports say that Mr. Farlowe is bluesier than ever - and perhaps better than ever - today!
Chris Farlowe: Alex Gitlin's great new site
Atomic Rooster's Chris Farlowe
Tapani Taka's web page