He was the backup rhythm singer in the band's early lineup, before the split between Davies and Korner and prior to their recording their one and only album ; he also had a group of his own that he fronted on the side, called the Art Woods Combo. They later became the Artwoods in and Jon Lord later joined along with guitarist Derek Griffiths, after their own earlier band, Red Bludd's Bluesicians, split up.
The group's decision to turn professional in required a new drummer and Keef Hartley was recruited by way of an ad in Melody Maker magazine. For their bassist, they raided Malcolm Pool from the Roadrunners lineup. In the booming London music scene, getting a recording contract was relatively easy -- labels were signing everything in sight that could make a noise that sounded like music -- and they joined Decca Records' roster in Their sound was as steeped in soul and funk as it was in blues, which set them apart from many of their rivals.
What's more, they were good at it, with a natural feel for the music and even capable of writing decent originals, which graced the B-sides of their singles. And they had a virtuoso lineup: Jon Lord's piano and organ sound was a great complement to Wood's singing, Derek Griffiths' guitar work was tastefully flashy, and Keef Hartley was animated as well as powerful, with a bigger sound on the drums than, say, Jim McCarty of the Yardbirds.
All of these attributes made the Artwoods a top stage attraction. Club audiences always knew they were good for a great show and the band loved playing live.
Ultimately, in fact, the group's success in touring and their love of playing live may have hurt them. They had no problem playing hundreds of gigs a year at venues like Klooks Kleek in Hampstead and dozens of lesser clubs for the sheer enjoyment of it, but they earned relatively little money doing it.
At the same time, their singles never seemed to connect, despite appearances on programs like Ready, Steady, Go! And the vocals -- if not as charismatic as what Eric Burdon, Mick Jagger, or Paul Jones were doing with their respective bands -- were attractive and memorable and sounded authentically American.
And, in contrast to a lot of other British bands of that period, they did manage to capture something of their live sound on those records, which made them very potent. In fairness, Decca even allowed them to cut a complete LP despite their lack of chart success, but the quintet never broke through.
The Artwoods also sometimes known by Decca Records as the Art Woods were an English rock band who formed in and were professionally active between and Singer Arthur Wood , from whom the band took their name, was the eldest brother of Ronnie Wood who later found fame with the Faces and Rolling Stones.
Art Wood had been a vocalist with Alexis Korner 's Blues Incorporated for a short period during , simultaneously fronting his own group, the Art Wood Combo. Like its predecessor and subsequent releases , it failed to chart. The Artwoods were dropped by Decca at the end of , and they signed a one-record deal with Parlophone , but their release "What Shall I Do" also had no success. Valentine's Day Massacre; but by the time of its release the Artwoods had effectively ceased to exist.
The Artwoods' early records today stand up well against the work of more successful groups such as the Rolling Stones , the Yardbirds or the Birds who included Art's younger brother Ronnie. The group broke up in mid Art Wood joined his brother Ted in the graphics-art business and continued to perform music on a semi-professional basis. He also played with the Downliners Sect. Over the years, there have been two compilations released by the band.
In , Oxford Street , including most of their mid-'60s singles and seven songs from Art Gallery , was released by Edsel Records. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.The Artwoods - I Take What I Want / If I Ever Get My Hands On You - Decca - UK () Previous by Artist Los Bravos - I Don't Care / Don't Be Left Out In The Cold - Decca - Rhodesia ().