John Verity began his music career in the early 1960’s, playing guitar in various local bands around his home town of Bradford, Yorkshire, until he was offered a full time gig with a band which was backing various visiting US pop acts, as well as Decca Records UK acts when they toured.
By 1969 John was living and working in the US, with the first ever line-up of the John Verity Band doing prestigious support slots with many of the big names of the day including Jimi Hendrix, Mountain, Canned Heat & Janis Joplin.
On his return to England in 1971, John secured a contract with producer Steve Rowland to record his first solo album for ABC/Probe records, ‘John Verity Band’, which was released in the spring of 1972.
Whilst on tour promoting the album, JV was spotted by Rod Argent who was looking for new lead vocalist for his band following the departure of Russ Ballard.
John eventually joined Argent in 1973 and there followed a period of intense recording and touring until the band decided to come off the road late in 1976.
Argent never did go back on the road, and decided to disband, at which point John became involved with various new projects both as Artist & Record Producer.
First of all, along with Bob Henrit & Jim Rodford from Argent he formed Phoenix, which soon signed to CBS records. The band recorded 3 albums & toured Europe before disbanding amicably when Jim Rodford joined the Kinks, and John & Bob joined Charlie, to record an album with RCA Records.
The next few years were spent in recording studios throughout the world, producing, playing guitar, or doing backup vocals with various acts including Motorhead, Tank, Ringo Starr, Russ Ballard, Colin Blunstone, Brian Connolly, John Parr, BowWowWow, & The Searchers amongst many others…until late in 1981 when PRT Records MD Matt Haywood asked JV to record a comeback album.
By now living in his native Yorkshire, John had built his own 38 track studio –
achieved by synchronising together 24 & 16 track tape machines – and had moved
into full time record production. Matt Haywoods offer meant that JV could get back
out on the road again to promote the album, and touring always seemed to bring out
fresh ideas….. “Interrupted Journey”, released in ’82, was highly acclaimed in the UK, USA & Europe and successfully relaunched Johns performing career, and he once again took to the road. John was approached by many big name acts for recording & performing projects during this period – Mike Rutherford of Genesis wrote three songs for inclusion on the JV Bands’ next set of recording sessions, and both Keith Emerson & Greg Lake used John on their current recording projects.
The next two albums “Truth Of The Matter” & “Rock Solid” were also well received, and John soon had offers to join various name bands including MSG, Ted Nugent, & Asia which he declined, deciding instead to come off the road to record an album with newly reformed Zombies. This project took the best part of a year and was mostly recorded at Mountain
Studios, Montreux, Switzerland and finished in London………[/spoiler]
1. She’s Not There
2. A Woman (Like You)
3. Last Chance
6. Away From You
7. Down The Road With Me
8. You Are T
9. Eyes On You
10. Dirty Old Manhe One
John Verity Band – Routes 2006
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