Monday, June 13, 2016

Art Wood's Quiet Melon - 1969 - Art Wood's Quiet Melon

Art Wood's Quiet Melon 
Art Wood's Quiet Melon

01. Diamond Joe
02. Engine 4444
03. Instrumental

Bass – Kim Gardner, Ronnie Lane
Drums – Kenny Jones
Guitar – Art Wood, Ron Wood
Organ – Ian Mclagan
Vocals – Rod Stewart

Quiet Melon was formed in July 1969 when the Jeff Beck Group folded. Lead singer Rod Stewart was left without a band and started hanging out with Ronnie Wood, his brother Art Wood and Ronnie Lane, Kenney Jones and Ian McLagan. Art Wood got them a recording session at the Fontana studios, where he had a contract and, according to Art, recorded four songs - Diamond Joe, Engine 4444, Right Around The Thumb, and Two Steps To Mother. They delivered the tapes to Fontana who said the tracks weren't good enough and cancelled Art's contract. The group then got a promoter called Rufus Manning to try and get them a deal but nobody wanted to know. The group played quite a few gigs but the project soon folded and Art retired from the music business to become a Graphic Designer. At some point, Ronnie Lane was replaced by Kim Gardner who had been in the Birds and the Creation with Ronnie Wood. The remaining members - Ronnie Wood, Rod Stewart, Ronnie Lane, Kenney Jones and Ian McLagan then inherited the name the Small Faces which was soon shortened to the Faces.

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  2. The band name is Quiet Melon
    The Album title is "Art Wood's Quiet Melon"

    By 1962, he was one of several singers regularly featured with Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated, which also included Charlie Watts and Cyril Davies. However, as that group firmed up its line-up with Long John Baldry as the main lead singer, Art Wood re-formed his own group, which he now called The Artwoods. The group included organist Jon Lord (who would go on to join Deep Purple) and drummer Keef Hartley.

    The Artwoods failed to make a major commercial breakthrough, and split up in 1967. In 1969 Wood formed the short-lived group Quiet Melon, with his brother Ronnie, Rod Stewart, Ronnie Lane, Kenney Jones, Ian McLagan and Kim Gardner. They recorded four songs and delivered the tapes to Fontana Records, who turned them down and cancelled Wood's contract. He then semi-retired from the music business; Gardner went on to another band; and the other members of the group carried on to become The Faces.