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STEVE HAMMOND
... anyone can tell - that I'm a Gemini ...
Steve Hammond Steve Hammond
A former bandmate of Peter Robinson and later a member of Fat Mattress, Steve Hammond wrote three of the tracks on the Quatermass album, but was never a member of the band. On this page we hope to shed a little light on this elusive character.

Steve sadly passed away in 1989, shortly after his fiftieth birthday, in Port Hueneme, California.

All albums and singles are UK releases unless noted otherwise.

Extensive research for this page was carried out by: Martin Mycock. Please email if you have any additions! Thanks also to Steve Evans, Ed Jackson, Blue Weaver, Rick Jones and Bas M.
The Chris Barber Band photos are courtesy
of the official Chris Barber site.

DATE     NOTES
early 1960s Steve Hammond moves from Canada to London "In 1964 I decided to make my fortune in London but actually did 2 gigs and starved for a year, I stayed with a great Canadian guitarist called Steve Hammond who sadly died a few years ago, he had a day job and very kindly let me sleep on the floor of his flat. This was fantastic because in the flat below us lived Zoot Money who had a band called Zoot Money's Big Roll Band. They were one of the best soul bands in London at that time and a very young Andy Summers (Police) was the guitarist."
from the website of Blue Weaver (Amen Corner / Strawbs / Bee Gees keyboard player)
1965 - 1966  TAWNY REED & THE HEATWAVE Tawny Reed - vocals, Steve Hammond - guitar, Blue Weaver - keyboards + unknown others

Steve's involvement in the two Tawny Reed singles 'Needle In A Haystack' / 'I Got A Feeling' (Pye 7N15935 released 1965) and 'You Can't Take It Away' / 'My Heart Cries' (Pye 7N17078 released 1966) is unknown.
1966 
STEVE HAMMOND single

A: World Is Wrapped Around My Neck (Hammond)
B: It's All Right (Hammond)

Pye PN17202
Released October? 1966
A-side also available on 'Quick Before They Catch Us: The Pop Era, Vol. 1' CD released 1990.

Steve Hammond - guitar / vocals + others
1967 
STEVE HAMMOND single

A: I Think We're Alone Now
B: Just Call My Name (Hammond)

Pye PN17275
Released March 1967
A-side also available on 'Ripples, Vol. 1 - Look At The Sunshine' and 'Shagadelic 60s Classics' CDs.

Steve Hammond - guitar / vocals + unknown others
1968 
CHRIS FARLOWE & THE THUNDERBIRDS single

A: Dawn (Hammond / Waddell)
B: April Was The Month

Immediate IM 074
Released Dec 1968
Both sides were included the following year on the 'Last Goodbye' album (see below). They have subsequently appeared on numerous Chris Farlowe compilation CDs.

Chris Farlowe - vocals + others
c.1968-1969

CHRIS FARLOWE album

THE LAST GOODBYE

1. The Last Goodbye
> 2. Think
3. In The Midnight Hour
4. Mr. Pitiful
5. Satisfaction
6. Who Can I Turn To
7. You're So Good For Me
8. Dawn (Hammond / Waddell)
9. Looking For You
10. It Was Easier To Hurt Her
11. Don't Just Look At Me
12. April Was The Month
13. Handbags And Gladrags
14. Life Is But Nothing

Immediate IMLP 021
Released May 1969
Chris Farlowe - vocals + unknown others
Oct 1968


ERIC BURDON & THE ANIMALS album

LOVE IS

1. River Deep-Mountain High
2. I'm An Animal
3. I'm Dying, Or Am I?
4. Ring Of Fire
5. Coloured Rain
6. To Love Somebody
7. As The Years Go Passing By
8. Gemini (Hammond)
9. The Madman

MGM 4591 2LP (U.S.)
December 1968
The UK release of 'Love Is' (MGM C 8105) was a single LP which omitted tracks 7-9. The double LP version (MGM 2619 002) was belatedly released in the UK in April 1971.

After disbanding the original Animals, Eric Burdon formed what most people know as the New Animals. This was a double album in the USA (River Deep - Mountain High) and two single LPs in Europe, later reissued back-to-back as seen here. Due to lengthy excesses it is most fans' least favourite Eric Burdon record, but nevertheless it features an interesting earlier version of Gemini.

Eric Burdon - vocals, Zoot Money - organ / piano / bass / vocals, Andy Summers - guitar / vocals, John Weider - bass / guitar / vocals, Barry Jenkins - drums



JOHNNY ALMOND MUSIC MACHINE album

PATENT PENDING

1. Ensingle
2. Before Dawn
3. Voodoo Forest
4. Solar Level
5. To R. K.
6. Reversed For Two Horns
7. Pequeno Nova
8. Tales of Junior

Deram SML 1043
Released 1969
John Almond - keyboards / mellophonium / saxophone / vibraphone / organ / clarinet / flute, Roger Sutton - bass, Jimmy Crawford - guitar, Alan White - drums / congas / bells, with: John Wiggins - keyboards, Jeff Condon - trumpet / flugelhorn / horn, Steve Hammond - guitar, Zoot Money - keyboards?
1969
THE HILL single

A: Sylvie (Hammond)
B: The Fourth Annual Convention Of The Battery Hen Farmers' Association Part II

Immediate ZS7 5016 (U.S. & Canada only)
Released June 1969
Both tracks are also on the 'Immediate Singles Collection' 6CD (Sequel NXTCD324) set released 2000.

unconfirmed lineup: Peter Robinson - keyboards, Bruce Waddell - bass, Paul Buckmaster - cello, Colin Davy - drums, Steve Hammond - guitar / vocals (?).
Jul 1969 - Jan 1971
CHRIS BARBER'S TRAVELLING BAND album

GET ROLLING

1. Get Rolling (Hammond) (recorded 08/10/69)
2. Shoeman The Human (07/07/69)
3. Bone And Bread (Barber / Hammond) (08/10/69)
4. Long Time Travellin' (08/07/69)
5. Everybody Knows (10/06/70)
6. Spanish Castle (30/07/69)
7. London Blues (10/06/70)
8. I'm Gonna Sit Myself Right Down And Write Myself A Fiver (07/01/71)
9. Cortina Run (18/06/70)
10. New York Town Blues (26/11/68)
11. Shout 'Em Aunt Tillie (26/11/68)
12. Sweet As Bear Meat (05/04/70)
13. Jeeps Blues (26/11/68)
14. Ubava Zabava (05/04/70)

Polydor 2683001 (2LP)
Released 1971
Tracks 1-4 : Chris Barber - trombone / vocal , Pat Halcox - trumpet, John Crocker - sax / clarinet, Peter Robinson - keyboards, John Slaughter - guitar (all except track 3.), Steve Hammond - guitar (tracks 1. & 3.), Paul Buckmaster - cello (track 2), Colin Davy - drums (all except track 2.), Colin Allen - drums/ percussion (track 2).

Tracks 5-14 Chris Barber - trombone / vocal , Pat Halcox - trumpet, John Crocker - sax / clarinet, John Slaughter - guitar, Jackie Flavelle - bass, Stu Morrison - banjo / vocal, Graham Burbridge - drums.

Tracks 1-8 produced by Steve Hammond

All the tracks on this album plus those on 'Drat That Fratle Rat' are also on the 'Outstanding Album' Germany only 3CD set (Maximal 575 - released 1987, later reissued on Bell Records BLR 89 300 - released 1993).
Dec 1969
MICK FARREN album

MONA (THE CARNIVEROUS CIRCUS)

1. Mona (A Fragment)
2. Carnivorous Circus Pt. 1
3. Summertime Blues
4. Carnivorous Circus Pt. 2
5. Mona (The Whole Trip)

Transatlantic TRA212
Released March 1970
Mick Farren - vocals, Steve Hammond - guitar / vocals, Steve Took - vocals / percussion, Twink - drums / percussion / vocals, John Gustafson - bass, Pete Robinson - keyboards, Paul Buckmaster - cello, Raul - congas

Farren relates in his book 'Give The Anarchist A Cigarette' how he met Steve at a party, and told him that he was planing a solo album but didn't have a band. Steve told Farren he was a guitarist, and would willingly act as musical director for the project. Steve suggested John Gustafson be brought in as bassist, and also said he would probably be able to persuade Paul Buckmaster to contribute as well. Farren apparently expected to hear no more, putting the offer of help down to 'the wine talking'. However the very next day Farren received a phone call from Steve reiterating his willingness to get involved.

All the tracks from this album plus six others (previously released) are available on Mick Farren & The Deviants 'Partial Recall' CD (Transatlantic / Drop Out DOCD 1989) released 1992.
1970
Quatermass
QUATERMASS album

1. Entropy
2. Black Sheep Of The Family (Hammond)
3. Post War Saturday Echo
4. Good Lord Knows
5. Up On The Ground
6. Gemini (Hammond)
7. Make Up Your Mind (Hammond)
8. Laughin Tackle
9. Entropy

Harvest SHVL775
Released May 1970
Pete Robinson - keyboards, John Gustafson - bass / vocals, Mick Underwood - drums + orchestra

Quatermass performed the three Hammond compositions on several radio and TV broadcasts during 1970-71. See the Quatermass chronology for details.
1970
QUATERMASS single

A: Black Sheep Of The Family (Hammond)
B: Good Lord Knows

Harvest 1C 006-91 667 (German)
Released 1970
1971
QUATERMASS single

A: Gemini (Hammond)
B: Black Sheep Of The Family (Hammond)

Harvest 3C 006-92 382 (Italian)
Released 1971
1970
CHRIS FARLOWE with THE HILL album

FROM HERE TO MAMA ROSA

1. Travelling Into Make Believe
2. Fifty Years
3. Where Do We Go From Here (Hammond / Waddell / Mackay)
4. Questions
5. Head In The Clouds (Hammond / Waddell)
6. Are You Sleeping (Hammond / Mackay / Waddell)
7. Black Sheep (Hammond)
8. Winter Of My Life (Waddell / Hammond)
9. Mama Rosa (Mackay / Hammond / Waddell)

Polydor 2425 029
Released September 1970
Chris Farlowe - vocals, Peter Robinson - keyboards, Bruce Waddell - bass, Paul Buckmaster - cello, Colin Davy - drums, Steve Hammond - guitar, Stuart Mackay - producer

The Hill were formed by ex-members of Chris Farlowe's backing band, The Thunderbirds, when he left the U.K. and based himself in the U.S. Waddell, Davey and Robinson are then said to have recruited Steve Hammond and Paul Buckmaster, and after amassing enough songs for an album began recording. However the vocals were not deemed strong enough, but with Farlowe having just returned from the States (after a nine month stay) he was played the recordings, liked what he heard, and added his lead vocals. The band appear to have split up when Farlowe left to join Colosseum in September 1970.

Peter Robinson was a member of Quatermass from September 1969 and therefore may have played on the album as a session player rather than as a full band member.

'Black Sheep Of The Family' was listed as 'Black Sheep' on the album but on the single the full title was used.

The CD release (Out Of Time Records CDEC 6 - released 1996) contains the otherwise unavailable single A-side - Put Out the Lights (see below)
1970
CHRIS FARLOWE with THE HILL single

A: Black Sheep Of The Family (Hammond)
B: Fifty Years

Polydor 2066 017
Released 1970
1970 CHRIS FARLOWE with THE HILL single

A: Put Out The Light
B: Questions

Polydor 2066 046
Released 1970
1970
FAT MATTRESS single

A: Highway
B: Black Sheep Of The Family (Hammond)

Polydor 2058 053
Released September 1970
The single was released in a picture sleeve in some Continental European countries. The Danish sleeve is shown opposite.

The B side is now also available on the 'Black Sheep Of The Family - The Anthology' (below).

Neil Lander - lead vocals, Eric Dillon - drums, Jim Leverton - bass / vocals, Steve Hammond - guitar / vocals, Mick (Blue Weaver) Weaver - keyboards
1970s
Fat Mattress CD anthology
FAT MATTRESS CD anthology

The Black Sheep Of The Family - The Anthology


Castle ESDCD 865
Released 2001
1970
FAT MATTRESS album

FAT MATTRESS II

1. The Storm
2. Anyway You Want
3. Leafy Lane
4. Naturally
5. Roamin'
6. Happy My Love
7. Childhood Dream
8. She
9. Highway
10. At The Ball
11. People

extra tracks on CD release:
12. Hall Of Kings
13. Long Red
14. Words
15. The River

Polydor 238025 (LP) - released October 1970
Sequel NEXCD197 (CD) - released 1992
All of the tracks on the CD version of the album are included on the 'Black Sheep Of The Family - The Anthology' (ESDCD 865) 2CD released 2001.

Also included on this 2CD set is the otherwise unavailable single B-side 'Black Sheep Of The Family' (see above). Despite the claim in the CD liner notes that this version is 'previously unreleased' it is in fact identical to the single version, apart from fading a few seconds earlier.

Tracks 12 to 15 were intended for the unreleased third Fat Mattress album.

Neil Lander - lead vocals, Eric Dillon - drums, Jim Leverton - bass / vocals, Steve Hammond - guitar / vocals, Mick Weaver - keyboards, Noel Redding - guitar / vocals (tracks 2,4,5,6,10,11).
14 Sep 1970 FAT MATTRESS radio session

BBC RADIO SESSION

1. Highway
2. Black Sheep (Hammond)
3. Lookout Cleveland

Broadcast 2-6/11/70
'Lookout Cleveland' is assumed to be the Band song written by Robbie Robertson originally found on the 'The Band' album released in 1970.

Neil Lander - lead vocals, Eric Dillon - drums, Jim Leverton - bass / vocals, Steve Hammond - guitar / vocals, Mick (Blue) Weaver - keyboards
1970-71?
JONATHAN album

INTROVERT

1. Last Year
2. Clever Head Spell
3. Love For You
4. Who Is Who
5. My Best Friend
6. Blue Eyes
7. What a Day It's Been
8. Beggar Boy
9. I Won't Let You Down (Hammond)

CBS 64412
Released 1971
Jonathan Swift - acoustic guitars, Steve Hammond - electric guitar, Colin Davey - drums, Jack Brand - bass, Pete Kelly - piano/organ + orchestra
May & Jul 1971
CHRIS BARBER album

DRAT THAT FRATLE RAT

1. Drat That Fratle Rat (Hammond / Barber) (recorded 09/07/71)
2. The Falling Song (01/07/71)
3. Fegalemic Pegaloomer (Hammond) (01/07/71)
4. Earth Abides (25/05/71)
5. Sleepy Louie (Hammond / Barber) (09/07/71)
6. O'Reilly (19/05/71)

Polydor 2460208
Released 1974
Steve played banjo & guitar in Chris Barber's band from March 1971 to March 1973.

All the tracks on this album plus those on 'Get Rolling' are also on the 'Outstanding Album' 3CD Germany only set (Maximal 575 - released 1987, later reissued on Bell Records BLR 89 300 - released 1993).

Chris Barber - trombone, Martin Roke - piano, John Slaughter - guitar, Ann Odell - piano, Colin Allen - drums, Tony Ashton - vocals / piano, Paul Buckmaster - cello, Graham Burbridge - drums, John Crocker - sax, Roy Dyke -drums, Jack Flavelle - bass, Kim Gardner - bass, Mick Lieber - guitar, Rory Gallagher - guitar, Patrick Halcox - trumpet.
Produced & arranged by Steve Hammond
1971 VAUGHAN THOMAS single

A: Black Sheep Of The Family (Hammond)
B: Julie Julie

DJM / DJS 258
1971
1971
VAUGHAN THOMAS album

VAUGHAN THOMAS

1. Say That I'm On Your Mind
2. Cry Baby, Cry
3. Let's Spend The Night Together
4. Blue Movie Man
5. One More Time Around
6. I Wanna Be Famous Like My Dad
7. Woman In The West
8. We Are The People
9. Black Sheep Of The Family (Hammond)
10. Summer Song
11. Pictures Of Summer Gone
12. Too Far Down

JAM / JAL 101
Released 1972
Produced by Mike Batt.

includes Vaughan Thomas - vocals, Chris Spedding - guitar + others.
1971?
RUPERT HINE album

PICK UP A BONE

1. Landscape
2. Ass All
3. Me You Mine
4. Scarecrow
5. Kerosene
6. Running Away
7. Medicine Monday
8. More Than One, Less Than Five
9. Boo Boo's Faux Pas
10. Pick Up A Bone
11. Instant Muse

Purple Records TPSA7502
Released 1971
Rupert Hine - vocals / guitar / harmonics, David MacIver - guitar; together with: Paul Buckmaster - cello, Terry Cox - drums, Eric Ford - guitar, Roger Glover - tambourine, Steve Hammond - guitar / banjo, Clive Hicks - guitar, Simon Jeffes - guitar, Raoul Mayora - congas, Eddie Mordue - sax, Joe Moretti - guitar, Pete Morgan - bass, Peter Robinson - piano, Barry de Sousa - drums, Roy Willox - flute
1972? 
ODIN album

ODIN

1. Life Is Only
2. Tribute To Frank
3. Turnpike Lane
4. Be The Man You Are
5. Gemini (Hammond)
6. Eucalyptus
7. Clown

Vertigo 6360 608 (German)
Released 1972
Jeff Beer - keyboards / percussion / vocals, Ray Brown - bass / vocals, Stuart Fordham - drums / percussion, Rob Terstall - guitar / vocals
1972  AL BANO album

1. Mezzanotte D'Amore
2. Prima Di Dormire
3. Il Prato Dell'Amore
4. Umiltà
5. La Zappa Picca Pane Pappa
6. Il Somaro
7. E Il Sole Dorme Tra Le Braccia Della Notte
8. Evie
9. Mezzo Cuore
11. Vogliamoci Tanto Bene
12. Mamma Rosa (Mackay/ Waddell/ Hammond/ Pallavicini/ Caravati)
13. Storia D'Oggi

EMI label (Italian)
Released 1972
A cover version by an Italian singer (a big name in his homeland) of the 'From Here To Mama Rosa' track. The additional writing credits may be for alternate Italian lyrics.
Apr 1972 - Feb 1973
CHRIS BARBER album

LIVE IN BERLIN - JUBILEE ALBUM VOLUME 3

1. It's Tight Like That (recorded 02/04/72)
2. Oro (recorded 07/11/72)
3. Give Me An Old Fashioned Swing In The Evening (07/11/72)
4. New Orleans Wiggle (Basel 10/02/73)
5. I Think It's Going To Rain Today (Basel 10/02/73)
6. Muskrat Ramble (14/03/74)
7. Goodbye, Goodbye (14/03/74)

Black Lion Records 121289 (German)
Released 1975
lineup on tracks 1-5: Chris Barber - trombone, John Slaughter - guitar, Graham Burbridge - drums, John Crocker - clarinet / sax / vocals, Jackie Flavelle - bass / vocal, Pat Halcox - trumpet, Steve Hammond - guitar / banjo
1972?  JACKIE FLAVELLE album

ADMISSION FREE

1. Spectrum
2. Sam
3. Belfast Town
4. It's Graceful Crowing Old
5. Lullaby To Noni
6. Isle Of Rab
7. Admission Free
8. Spring Morning
9. Lady Turn Around
10. Backstage

York FYK 408
Released 1972
Jackie Flavelle - vocals / guitar / bass, Wooden Horse - backing vocals, John Slaughter - guitar, Steve Jukes - guitar, Hugh Grundy - drums, Martin Roke - piano, Henry McCullough - guitar / backing vocals, Mick Weaver - piano, Barry De Souza - drums, Steve Hammond - guitar, Chris Barber - trombone, Pat Halcox - trumpet, John Crocker - sax.
Nov 1972 - Feb 1973 
CHRIS BARBER album

CHRIS BARBER'S JAZZ BAND AND THE ALL AMERICAN RAMBLERS

1. The Martinique
2. Saratoge Swing
3. Majorca
4. Just A Closer Walk With Thee
5. Pontiac Blues
6. Jazz Me Blues (recorded 10/02/73)
7. Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone (07/11/72)
8. Savoy Blues
9. Ice Cream

Recorded 1959 - 1974
Jazz Colours 874722-2 (German)
lineup on tracks 6 & 7 only: Chris Barber - trombone, John Slaughter - guitar, Graham Burbridge - drums, John Crocker - clarinet / sax / vocals, Jackie Flavelle - bass / vocal, Pat Halcox - trumpet, Steve Hammond - guitar / banjo.
Feb 1973
LOUIS JORDAN & CHRIS BARBER album

LOUIS JORDAN & CHRIS BARBER

1. Fifty Cents
2. A Man Ain't A Man
3. No Chance Blues
4. I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town
5. Don't Worry 'Bout The Mule
6. Choo Choo Ch' Boogie
7. I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate
8. Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby
9. Indiana
10. Messe Blues
11. Jazz Lips
12. Black And Tan Fantasy
13. I'm Slapping Seventh Avenue With The Sole Of My Shoe (recorded 10/02/73)
14. Whatcha Gonna Do

Recorded 1962 - 1974

Black Lion Records BLCD760156 (German)
Released 1991
lineup on track 13 only: Chris Barber - trombone, John Slaughter - guitar, Graham Burbridge - drums, John Crocker - clarinet / sax / vocals, Jackie Flavelle - bass / vocal, Pat Halcox - trumpet, Steve Hammond - guitar / banjo
Oct-Dec 1974
VARIOUS ARTISTS album

FLASH FEARLESS VERSUS THE
ZORG WOMEN PARTS 5 & 6

1. Trapped (Hammond / Pierce)
2. I'm Flash (Hammond / Pierce / B.Pierce)
3. Country Cooking (Hammond / Pierce / Jones)
4. What's Happening? (Hammond / Pierce / Jones)
5. Space Pirates (Hammond / Pierce)
6. Sacrifice
7. To The Chop (Hammond / Pierce)
8. Georgia Syncopator
9. Blast Off (Hammond / B.Pierce)
10. Trapped (Reprise) (Hammond / Pierce)

Chrysalis Records LP: CHR 1072
Released February 1975 (US), May 1975 (UK)
'Flash Fearless...' was a sci-fi rock musical written by Steve (the music) and fellow Canadian and London resident Dave Pierce (the lyrics). Another Canadian - Rick Jones - also assisted on three of the songs. The musical was never produced in this form but was eventually staged in Los Angels in 1981 under the revised tittle of 'Captain Crash Versus The Zzorg Women Chapters 5 & 6' (see below).

A promo only single of 'I'm Flash' / 'Trapped' (Chrysalis CHS 2069) was issued. On the U.S. pressing 'Georgia Syncopator' was replaced by 'Supersnatch' (written by Rick Jones). On the RPM CD release (RPM 147 rel. 1995) both tracks are included.

Elkie Brooks - lead vocals, John Entwistle - bass / lead vocals, Mick Grabham - guitar, Carmine Appice - drums, Nicky Hopkins - keyboards, Mike Deacon - piano, Graham Deakin - percussion, Thunderthighs - back up vocals, Alice Cooper - lead vocals, Robert A. Johnson - guitar, Johnny Weider - guitar, Bill Bruford - drums, Jim Dandy - lead vocals, James Dewar - lead vocals, Kenny Jones - drums, Justin Hayward - guitar, Jim Frank - mouth harp, Eddie Jobson - keyboards, Keith Moon - Long John Silver / tympani, Steve Pettican - slide guitar, Chick Churchill - organ, Howie Casey - saxophone, Leslie Duncan - background vocals, Doreen Chanter - background vocals, Jill Mackintosh - background vocals, Frankie Miller - lead vocals, Kay Garner - background vocals.

Rick Jones went on to form the band Meal Ticket for which Steve and Dave Pierce contributed to the song writing (see below). Jones, who had been a regular participant in children's TV shows such as 'Play School' and 'Fingerbobs', also wrote two sci-fi plays for the BBC ('The Flipside of Dominick Hide' - 1980 & 'Another Flip for Dominick' - 1982). for which Meal Ticket provided the music.

Rick is currently colaborating with Roger Penycate in: Laughing Daughter, a musical which incorporates "most of the the old Meal Ticket songs", premiering on stage in September 2009.
Feb - Mar 1975
Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow
RITCHIE BLACKMORE'S RAINBOW album

RITCHIE BLACKMORE'S RAINBOW

1. Man On The Silver Mountain
2. Self Portrait
3. Black Sheep Of The Family (Hammond)
4. Catch The Rainbow
5. Snake Charmer
6. The Temple Of The King
7. If You Don't Like Rock 'N' Roll
8. Sixteenth Century Greensleeves
9. Still I'm Sad

Oyster OYA 2001
Released April 1975
Ronnie James Dio - vocals, Ritchie Blackmore - guitar, Mickey Lee Soule - keyboard, Craig Gruber - bass, Gary Driscoll - drums, Shoshana - backing vocals.

This is the record which has undoubtedly spurred the most posthumous interest in Quatermass.

Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore wished to record Black Sheep Of The Family but his bandmates reputedly demurred as they had not committed any non-self penned songs to vinyl since their first few albums and felt that they had more than enough material of their own.

It is rumoured that this ultimately precipitated his departure from Deep Purple. Having formed Rainbow he was free to record the song for their first album, prompting curious fans to seek out the original version of the song.

Black Sheep Of The Family was also released on several singles / EPs in Thailand in 1975.
1975 
CHOPYN album

GRAND SLAM

1. In The Midnight Hour
2. Non-commercial Blues
3. Backstage
4. Space Nativity
5. Wasting Time
6. Girl At The Top Of The Stairs (Hammond)
7. Insomniac Arrest
8. Laughing Tackle *
9. Somebody Gotta Go
10. You Never Told Me Your Last Name

Jet Records LP8
Released April 1975
* Laughing Tackle is a cover of the Quatermass song

Ann Odell - keyboards / vocals / percussion, Simon Phillips - drums / tabla, Ray Russell - guitar / sitar, Denny McCaffrey - vocals, Klyde McMullin - bass
1976?
SHAWN PHILLIPS album

RUMPLESTILTSKIN'S RESOLVE

1. Early Morning Hours
2. Spiteful
3. Today
4. Wailing Wall
5. Hide Away
6. Serendipity Peace
7. Rumplestiltskin's Resolve

A&M AMLH 64582
Released 1976
Shawn Phillips - vocals / guitar / chimes / sitar, Mike Miller - guitar / bass, John Pullen - oboe / organ, Caleb Quaye - guitar, Peter Robinson - keyboards, Albert Wing - sax, Bobby Lichtig - bass, Mike Clark - drums, Paul Buckmaster - keyboards, Barry DeSouza -drums, John Gustafson - bass, Steve Hammond - guitar (on 1. only), Paul Jackson - bass, Robert Lichtig - bass
Jan 1977
MEAL TICKET album

CODE OF THE ROAD

1. Out Of The Blue (Jones / Pierce / Hammond)
2. Keepin The Faith (Jones / Pierce / Hammond)
3. OK Bar (Same Old Story) (Jones / Pierce / Hammond)
4. Last One To Know (Hammond / Jones / Pierce)
5. Day Job (Jones / Pierce / Hammond)
6. The Man From Mexico
7. Snow
8. Golden Girl (Jones / Pierce / Hammond)
9. Standing On The Wrong Corner
10. Georgia Syncopator
11. The Code Of The Road

EMI 3008
Released 1977
'Georgia Syncopator' is a re-recording of the same song that appeared on the 'Flash Fearless...' album.

Ray Flacke - guitar / vocals, Chris Hunt - percussion / drums, Jack Brand - bass / vocals, Willy Finlayson - guitar / keyboards / vocals, Rick Jones - keyboards / vocals, Steve Simpson - guitar / violin / vocals.
May 1977  MEAL TICKET single

A: Out Of the Blue (Jones / Pierce / Hammond)
B: Day Job (Jones / Pierce / Hammond)

EMI INT533
Released May 1977
 
Jul - Aug 1977 
MEAL TICKET album

THREE TIMES A DAY

1. This Could Be The Town
2. Oh Sister
3. Last Port Of Call
4. Comes The Dawn
5. River Man
6. Yesterday's Music
7. Rural Routes (Jones / Pierce / Hammond)
8. I Wish. I Wish
9. Laughing Daughter
10. This Dream I Have Of You

EMI 3010
Released 1978
'This Dream I Have Of You' is a Jones / Pierce / Hammond composition according to the BMI Repertoire publishing website, but is credited to Jones / Pierce on the LP. 'Rural Routes' however is not listed on this site as a Steve Hammond composition or co-composition, and therefore it's possible that the credits for these two songs have been mixed up.

Ray Flacke - guitar / vocals, Chris Hunt - percussion / drums, Jack Brand - bass / vocals, Willy Finlayson - guitar / keyboards / vocals, Rick Jones - keyboards / vocals, Keith Nelson - banjo, Steve Simpson - guitar / violin / vocals, Don Weller - saxophone.
1978
MEAL TICKET album

TAKE AWAY

1. Why In The World (Pierce / Jones / Hammond)
2. Down On My Knees After Memphis
3. Lucy
4. Lonestar Motel (Pierce / Jones / Finlayson / Hammond)
5. The Shape I'm In
6. Blame
7. Simple
8. Bonnie Lee's Dinette Pierce / Jones / Hammond)
9. At The Funny Farm
10. Get On Board

Logo 1008
Released 1978
Willy Finlayson - guitar / vocals, Rick Jones - keyboards / vocals, Steve Simpson - guitar / mandolin / harmonica / vocals, Alan Coulter - drums, Rod Demick - bass / vocals, Keith Nelson - banjo.
1978  MEAL TICKET single

A: Shape I'm In
B: Why In The World (Pierce / Jones / Hammond)

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Released March 1979
March 1981 CAPTAIN CRASH VERSUS THE ZZORG WOMEN PARTS 5 & 6 stage show Under this revised title (presumably due to copyright problems) 'Flash Fearless...' was finally staged at Richmond's on Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles. Steve was Musical Director, in-house guitarist and narrator. Dave Pierce played 'Swede', while Rick Jones took the role of 'Zilch'. Dave Pierce was credited as sole lyricist, with the music credited to Steve Hammond, Rick Jones and Weston Gavin (who played Captain Crash). The song list had been revised and expanded to almost twice its original length. The song list was as follows:
PART 5: I'm Crash (Crash) Trapped (A.S.S. Crew) Heart Shaped Box Of Chocolates (Dulla) A.S.S. Anthem (The Crew) Hi Fellas, What A Nice Surprise (The King) It Takes All Kinds To Make A Galaxy (Zoftik) I Could Love You So Good (Zilch)
PART 6: I'm Crash (Crash) Beaver Fever (Zuk) Raspberry Lipstick (Crash) The Georgia Syncopator (Dulla) Let's Go To The Chop (Zzorgs) Goodbye Is Putting It Mildly (Zilch) Sacrifice (Zzorgs).
1981
VARIOUS ARTISTS album

CAPTAIN CRASH VERSUS THE ZZORG WOMEN PARTS 5 & 6

Web OC103 (U.S.)
Released 1981
Original cast recording from the stage show.
early 1980s writing with Marsha Hunt In her autobiography 'Real Life' Marsha says that she wrote some songs with Steve in the early 80s. These may include the two titles listed in the 'UNKNOWN RECORDINGS' section below. She also mentions that Steve (stepping in at short notice) accompanied her on acoustic guitar at her audition for the 'Hair' stage musical in London in 1968.
1980s transcribing movie scores in Hollywood
1989 moves from LA to Port Hueneme
proposed solo 'lounge' act
Rick Jones: "In Port Hueneme there at the end, Steve was working on a 'Lounge Lizard' act - something rather like Rod Stewart has just done - all suited up and playing dimly-lighted bars. He always needed to perform. He'd constructed backing-tracks on his computer, I think it was a Commodore, and a couple of synths and rhythm machines. It would have been very good had he managed to live."
1994  Steve Hammond passed away


UNKNOWN RECORDINGS NOTES
I Sing A Song Written by Steve and Bruce Waddell, and published by the same company as the Chris Farlowe material which suggests this is from the '68-'70 period.
Life Goes On Written by Marsh Ahunt (Marsha Hunt) and Steve. This is probably one of the early '80s collaborations referred to above. It may also be a song from Marsha's 'Man To Woman' stage show.
Million Tears Ago See above. A song by this title was released on Marsha's 'Man To Woman' (Virgin VS499) E.P. in 1982, however the song is credited to Marsha and her husband Mike Ratledge (formerly of Soft Machine).
Mr Summertime Written by Steve. Publishing company details suggest this is from the '68-'70 period.
Take It Slow Written by Steve - no other info known.
You Written by Steve - no other info known.


Miscellaneous notes
* There are at least three other guitar playing Steve Hammonds. They are: an acoustic solo finger style guitarist from the Kentucky area (two albums released since 2000 - 'Vortex' and 'Acoustic Landscapes'); an Australian singer/ songwriter and a guitarist in Lawrence (Canada) indie band Filthy Jim (formed in 1997).

** Yngwie Malmsteen's 'Black Sheep Of The Family', which appears as a bonus track on the US pressing of his 'War To End All Wars' album (released 2000), is not the Steve Hammond song, despite his slavish tendency to copy Ritchie Blackmore!


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