Blonde On Blonde

Blonde On BlondeFrom: Newport, South Wales

Blonde On Blonde was a psychedelic rock band from South Wales that named themselves after Bob Dylan’s 1966 album of the same name. The band originally formed in Newport in 1967. Members included Ralph Denyer (vocals, guitar), Les Hicks (drums), Richard Hopkins (bass, organ), and Garth Johnson (guitar, sitar).

The band left Wales for London in 1968, playing clubs such as Middle Earth, and appearing on the BBC TV series How Lats It Is. They signed to Pye Records and released their debut album, Contrasts, in 1969. The album was produced by Barry Murray. Included on the album were covers of Robin Williamson’s “No Sleep Blues” and “I Need My Friend,” and The Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby.” That summer, Blonde On Blonde appeared at the Isle Of Wight Festival.

In 1970, the band released their second album, Rebirth, on Ember Records after a personnel change. Denyer left to join the band Aquila and was replaced by David Thomas. Thomas gave the band a tougher, rock-oriented sound.

Hopkins left the band in 1971 and was replaced by Graham Davis. Blonde On Blonde released one final album titled Reflections On A Life on Ember Records in 1971. The record was again only a modest success, leading to the band’s breakup in early 1972.

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Tracks played on Psychedelicized…

From the 1968 single “All Day, All Night”
Blonde On Blonde - All Day, All Night

  • All Day, All Night

From the 1970 album Rebirth
Blonde On Blonde - Rebirth

  • Castles In The Sky