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John Verity Prior To Brian Connolly's Sweet

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John Verity, born 3 July 1949 in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England was a member of the band Argent from 1973 to 1976. He also collaborated with Vocalist Brian Connolly of Sweet fame, in the early to mid 1980's before moving on to his own projects.

Some of John Verity's History:

During the early to mid 1980s, Verity worked with Brian Connolly (vocalist with The Sweet) in an attempt to re-launch him as a solo artist. A single, "Hypnotised" was released on Carrere Records in 1982, produced by Verity and written by Joe Lynn Turner of Rainbow fame. Verity was part of Connolly's backing band Encore when they supported Pat Benatar at the beginning of 1983 in England.The line up of this band formed the basis of Verity's own future band, imaginatively entitled Verity. John Verity went on to release several albums, after his association with Brian Connolly.

John Verity began his music career in the early 1960's, playing guitar in various local bands around his home town of Bradford, Yorkshire, until he was offered a full time gig with a band which was backing various visiting US pop acts, as well as Decca Records UK acts when they toured.

By 1969 John was living and working in the US, with the first ever line-up of the John Verity Band doing prestigious support slots with many of the big names of the day including Jimi Hendrix, Mountain, Canned Heat and Janis Joplin.

On his return to England in 1971, John secured a contract with producer Steve Rowland to record his first solo album for ABC/Probe records, 'John Verity Band', which was released in the spring of 1972. Whilst on tour promoting the album, JV was spotted by Rod Argent who was looking for new lead vocalist for his band following the departure of Russ Ballard.

John eventually joined Argent in 1973 and there followed a period of intense recording and touring until the band decided to come off the road late in 1976. Argent never did go back on the road, and decided to disband, at which point John became involved with various new projects both as Artist and Record Producer.

First of all, along with Bob Henrit and Jim Rodford from Argent he formed Phoenix, which soon signed to CBS records. The band recorded three albums and toured Europe before disbanding amicably when Jim Rodford joined the Kinks, and John and Bob joined Charlie, to record an album with RCA Records. John produced the Phoenix albums and Charlie album as well as the first Saxon album during this time, and decided to divide his time between sessions and record production whilst Bob Henrit teamed up with Jim Rodford once again by joining the Kinks.

The next few years were spent in recording studios throughout the world, producing, playing guitar, or doing backup vocals with various acts including Motorhead, Tank, Ringo Starr, Russ Ballard, Colin Blunstone, Brian Connolly, John Parr, BowWowWow and The Searchers amongst many others, until late in 1981 when PRT Records MD Matt Haywood asked JV to record a comeback album.

By now living in his native Yorkshire, John had built his own 38-track studio achieved by synchronising together 24 and 16 track tape machines - and had moved into full time record production.

In 2007 and the JV Band is still alive and kicking at venues throughout the UK and abroad.

An early album several years before his work with Brian Connolly, is this one from 1973.

02.5000 miles
03.I wish
06.Gimme some lovin'
07.So hard so long
08.It's alright
09.Back on the road again

Download of this long deleted John Verity album is:

Download tested earlier today.



PS Does anyone have any Brian Connolly Live Concerts they would like to share and post ? Period from 1979 right up to 1996 !!! Also any Verity or Blackfoot Sue Concerts ?? Both these artists worked with Brian Connolly during the 80's and 90's !!!
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