ArgosyFrom: United Kingdom

At age 19, Roger Hodgson made his first appearance in a recording studio as guitarist for People Like Us, a band he joined shortly after graduating from boarding school. The group recorded a single, “Duck Pond” b/w “Send Me No Flowers”, which was never released.

After People Like Us disbanded, Hodgson auditioned for Island Records, with Traffic’s road manager providing him a foot in the door with the label. Island set him up in a recording studio as vocalist for the one-off “flower power” pop band Argosy, which also included Reginald Dwight (later known as Elton John), Caleb Quaye and Nigel Olsson. Their sole single, “Mr. Boyd” b/w “Imagine”, consisted of two pieces of orchestrated pop (both penned by Hodgson) and was issued in 1969 on the DJM (U.K.) and Congress (U.S.) record labels. It sold poorly and consequently has become rare and sought after. “Mr. Boyd” was covered in 1997 by Jake Shillingford and his band My Life Story on their album “The Golden Mile”.

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DJM DJS 214 – 1969

  • Imagine
  • Mr. Boyd