Caravan (band)

English band from the Canterbury area / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Caravan are an English rock band from the Canterbury area, founded by former Wilde Flowers members David Sinclair, Richard Sinclair, Pye Hastings, and Richard Coughlan in 1968.[1] The band have never achieved the great commercial success that was widely predicted for them at the beginning of their career, but are nevertheless considered a key part of the Canterbury scene of progressive rock acts, blending psychedelic rock, jazz, and classical influences to create a distinctive sound.

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Caravan in 1974; from left to right: Pye Hastings, Geoffrey Richardson, Mike Wedgwood, Richard Coughlan and Dave Sinclair.
Background information
OriginCanterbury, Kent, England
GenresProgressive rock, Canterbury scene, psychedelic rock, jazz-rock, progressive pop
Years active1968–1978,
Spinoff ofThe Wilde Flowers
MembersPye Hastings
Geoffrey Richardson
Jan Schelhaas
Mark Walker
Lee Pomeroy
Past membersRichard Coughlan
Richard Sinclair
Dave Sinclair
Steve Miller
Derek Austin
Stuart Evans
John G. Perry
Mike Wedgwood
Dek Messecar
Doug Boyle
Simon Bentall
Jimmy Hastings
Jim Leverton

The band were originally based in Whitstable, Kent, near Canterbury, but moved to London when briefly signed to Verve Records. After being dropped by Verve, the band signed to Decca Records, where they released their most critically acclaimed album, In the Land of Grey and Pink, in 1971. Dave Sinclair left after the album's release and the group split up the following year. Hastings and Coughlan added new members, notably viola player Geoffrey Richardson, continuing on before splitting in 1978.

The band reformed several times in the following decades, and Caravan still remain active as a live band in the 21st century, despite Coughlan's death in December, 2013.