Wizzo Band - The Stroll





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Published on Aug 24, 2009

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When people remember Roy Wood and the bands he was in, they usually remember The Move, ELO or Wizzard. However, not many people remember Wizzo Band, a Roy Wood project in the late 1970s.

Wizzo Band was a jazz-rock ensemble that began in 1975 after the split of Wizzard. The line up was:
- Roy Wood - guitar, saxophones
- Rick Price - pedal steel guitar
- Graham Gallery - bass
- Paul Robbins - keyboards, backing vocals
- Dave Donovan - drums
- Billy Paul - alto and baritone saxes
- Bob Wilson - trombone

They played one live show on the BBC programme 'Sight and Sound in Concert' filmed at the Paris Theatre in London (one track from this performance was released as the b-side to Roy's solo single 'O.T.T.'), and only released one album, Super Active Wizzo, which was met with a load of criticism upon its release in 1977, as fans were baffled by the music style. It eventually got CD release in 2007. Wizzo Band also released 2 singles: 'The Stroll' / 'Jubilee' and 'Dancing at Rainbow's End' / 'Waiting at This Door', neither of which charted (the latter a-side was a track from Roy's solo album 'On the Road Again'). Eventually, Wizzo Band ended in 1978, having been an uncommercial music venture, and even long-standing Roy Wood fans still find Wizzo Band rather dissapointing (I don't! I like Wizzo Band's music).

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