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Blood Sweat & Tears

Blood, Sweat & Tears were formed in 1967 by Blues Project member and Bob Dylan sideman Al Kooper, who wanted to merge rock and jazz elements into the band’s sound. Two years after their formation — and a great debut album, ‘Child Is Father to the Man’ — Kooper was replaced by singer David Clayton-Thomas, who gave Blood, Sweat & Tears three No. 2 singles in a row: ‘You’ve Made Me So Very Happy,’ ‘Spinning Wheel’ and ‘And When I Die.’ Clayton-Thomas, in turn, was replaced by another singer, Jerry Fisher, in 1972, by which time the band’s commercial stock had fallen. Members have come and gone over the years, and the group still exists in some form today, but without Kooper and guitarist Steve Katz, the two key players that helped set Blood, Sweat & Tears on their path.

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45 Years Ago: Blood Sweat & Tears Release Their Self-Titled Second Album

The departure of founder Al Kooper and trumpet player Randy Brecker following the release of Blood Sweat & Tears' debut album in early 1968 didn't bode well for the band. But somehow the self-titled follow-up, released in December 1968, became their breakthrough moment.

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Top 10 Blood, Sweat & Tears Songs

The late-'60s and early-'70s were a very, shall we say, horny time for rock and roll. From the brilliance of the Buckinghams in the middle of the decade up through the one-hit wonders like Chase and Lighthouse, and on to the massive success of Chicago, the use of a brass section in rock and roll was prominent in the era.

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Columbia Records

45 Years Ago Blood, Sweat & Tears Release ‘Child Is Father to the Man’

The game of rock and roll was wide open to interpretation and experimentation in the mid-'60s. No one knew this better than musician/songwriter Al Kooper.

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Blood, Sweat & Tears Saxophone Player Bill Tillman Dead at 65

Blood, Sweat & Tears saxophone player Bill Tillman, who performed with the group for much of the '70s, passed away in Houston Wednesday (Aug. 15) at age 65 after an early morning fall.

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