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McGuinness Flint

Not a group I really listened to or followed much.  Back in 1970 the breakup of Manfred Mann inspired, guitarist Tom McGuinness to team up with drummer Hughie Flint, and Dennis Coulson the singer and songwriters Gallagher and Lyle to form McGuinness  The band scored its first time out with “When I’m Dead and Gone,” which reached No. 2 on the British charts late in 1970 (47 U.S.)

The follow up Malt and Barley Blues reached number five in England. At the end of 1971, Gallagher and Lyle left, and went off to record on their own, as Gallagher & Lyle. McGuinness and Flint carried on, however, with bassist Dixie Dean, and recorded — as Coulson, Dean, McGuinness, Flint — the Lo and Behold album; unlike their previous records, which had scarcely found any audience in America, that album became a cult item, built as it was around Bob Dylan songs that Dylan had not yet officially released in his own renditions.

Dennis Coulson quit, succeeded by Lou Stonebridge on keyboards, and Jim Evans joined as a second guitarist. They recorded two further LPs, Rainbow (1973) and C’est la Vie (1974), but it was clear by then that even in England their moment had passed, and they ended their run in 1975.

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