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.
Blood, Sweat and Tears Co-Founder Dick Halligan Dead at 78
Multi-instrumentalist appeared on the band's first four albums.
Blood, Sweat and Tears Keyboardist Larry Willis Dead at 76
Genre-hopping artist was revered for session work.
How Blood Sweat and Tears Broke Through With Their Second Album
A lineup change helped them go from unknowns to major rock stars.
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.
How Blood, Sweat and Tears Helped Birth Jazz-Rock With Debut LP
Rock was open to interpretation in the mid-'60s. No one knew this better than Al Kooper.
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.