MP3 John Verity Band - Routes
Former ''Argent'' lead vocalist & guitarist performs a range of styles from blues to full on rock.
10 MP3 Songs
ROCK: Classic Rock, BLUES: Rockin'' Blues
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 & 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 & Record Producer.
First of all, along with Bob Henrit & Jim Rodford from Argent he formed Phoenix, which soon signed to CBS records. The band recorded 3 albums & toured Europe before disbanding amicably when Jim Rodford joined the Kinks, and John & Bob joined Charlie, to record an album with RCA Records.
John produced the Phoenix albums, & 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, & 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 & 16 track tape machines - and had moved
into full time record production. Matt Haywoods offer meant that JV could get back
out on the road again to promote the album, and touring always seemed to bring out
fresh ideas..... "Interrupted Journey", released in ''82, was highly acclaimed in the UK, USA & Europe and successfully relaunched Johns performing career, and he once again took to the road. John was approached by many big name acts for recording & performing projects during this period - Mike Rutherford of Genesis wrote three songs for inclusion on the JV Bands'' next set of recording sessions, and both Keith Emerson & Greg Lake used John on their current recording projects.
The next two albums "Truth Of The Matter" & "Rock Solid" were also well received, and John soon had offers to join various name bands including MSG, Ted Nugent, & Asia which he declined, deciding instead to come off the road to record an album with newly reformed Zombies. This project took the best part of a year and was mostly recorded at Mountain
Studios, Montreux, Switzerland and finished in London.........
After a short break John was soon back on the road again with John Coghlan''s
Diesel Band (Status Quo), in the UK & Europe, before reforming the John Verity Band for similar venues and recording here in the UK.
In 1992 John decided to re-locate, away from his native Yorkshire to rural Bedfordshire and closer to friends from the Argent days.
Since the move south the JV Band gigs have continued as ever, with different line-ups chosen from a shortlist of fine musicians.
At the 1994 Manchester Festival "Fender Stratocaster 40th Anniversary" concert,
JV guested, along with many Rock Legends past and present including Sonny
Curtis, Frankie Miller and Rory Gallagher.
Johns performance of "Stay With Me Baby" was one of the high spots of the
evening, bringing the capacity crowd at the Manchester Free Trade Hall to its feet !!.
He has also done vocal sessions for 3 episodes of the Granada series "Full Stretch", (1991) and another guest spot with the ''Strat Pack'', for the Australia Day (1995) celebrations at the Hippodrome in London''s West End........
A typical major (1996) gigging project was a 32 date UK tour, opening the show on the Jools Holland Sex Jazz & Rock''n''Roll tour at major venues including Manchester Opera House, Birmingham Symphony Hall, and the London Royal Albert Hall.
After this, it was back to his regular gigging routine…
It’s the new millenium, and the JV Band is still alive and kicking at venues throughout the UK & abroad.
Also JV has just started to perform an acoustic set with brilliant guitarist Max Milligan.
Catch them at a venue near you...
WHAT THE PRESS SAY…
“….. I never really knew John Verity before this evening and we still haven’t really spoken, but I came away feeling like he’s an old bosom buddy…
He has that effect on you, this laughing gnome with a voice like the whispered affection of angels.
Go see him, you’ll be impressed, honestly”.