Graham Bond

Graham Bond ( born October 28, 1937 in Romford, † 8 May 1974 in London ) was an English jazz and blues musicians, who allegedly did not know his own date of birth and passed itself off as the illegitimate son of the magician Aleister Crowley. He sang and played saxophone and keyboards. Among his accomplishments is that he introduced the Hammond organ and the Mellotron into rock music. In addition, his band was a hotbed of talent from which, similar to the formations of Alexis Korner and John Mayall, significant musicians of the English scene emerged, which were then successful in his own bands, eg John McLaughlin, Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, Dick Heckstall -Smith and Jon Hiseman.

In 1963 he founded the Graham Bond Organization in London, before he had replaced with Alexis Korner 's Blues Incorporated Cyril Davies. In 1966 he was delinquent and dissolved the band. In 1968 he went to America and took there two solo albums. In 1970 he was a member of Ginger Baker 's Air Force where he played the saxophone, he can also be heard on some of their Phonograms.

Graham Bond died at the age of 36 when he was run over in London in the Finsbury Park underground station by an oncoming train on the Piccadilly Line. Bond could only be identified by his fingerprints.

Shortly before his death, he had reported and informed that he was fine and he would realize new musical plans in the press.

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