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The band were originally based in WhitstableKentnear Canterbury, but moved to London when briefly signed to Verve Records. After being dropped by Verve, the band signed to Decca Recordswhere they released their most critically acclaimed album, In the Land of Grey and Pinkin 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 Richardsoncontinuing Lasjana Habaä - Hans Bloemendal & Asher Bloemendal, Antoon Krelage - Sederavond before splitting in 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 Richard Sinclair had been an early member, but left in September to study at college.
Coughlan, Hastings and the two Sinclairs subsequently formed Caravan in After a series of gigs in London, including the Speakeasy Clubthe band were introduced to Terry King, who became the group's first manager.
David Hitchcockwho had been working in the art department of Decca Recordsasked the company's president, Hugh Mendl to sign the band. Caravan had started to build a live following by mid, including an appearance at the Kralingen Pop Festival in the Netherlands to an audience ofand the 10th Plumpton Festival. In autumnCaravan Asking For It - Hole - Live Through This working on one of their most critically acclaimed albums, In the Land of Grey and Pink The balance of songwriting changed from the previous two albums, with Richard Sinclair taking a more prominent role.
His song, "Golf Girl" was originally written about his then girlfriend and future wifebut the lyrics were rewritten in the final version. Although, the track was recorded in five separate stages and spliced together, the band performed the suite live as it was finally presented on the album, and it remained a popular track in their live set.
Despite the critical success of In the Land of Grey and Pinkthe group were disappointed by its lack of commercial success, believing that Decca were not promoting the band properly or investing enough money.
Reflecting on the decision to leave, Sinclair later said "I felt the whole thing was going a bit stagnant I wanted to play with other people, but had to accept that with Caravan it was either all or nothing. The remaining members continued on together and Richard Sinclair invited keyboardist Steve Miller to join the band.
Sinclair and Miller wanted to perform more jazz-rock, while Hastings was frustrated that the previous style was being neglected, and that it was "virtually impossible" to get Miller to perform in David Sinclair's style. Richard Sinclair later said, "It didn't quite work with Steve in the band because the music started to go a bit too loose for the way that Pye and Richard Coughlan played. Hastings and Coughlan Caravan - Various - Sweet And Swinging - Die Populärsten Orchester to continue as Caravan, and Caravan - Various - Sweet And Swinging - Die Populärsten Orchester duo recruited viola player Geoffrey Richardsonbassist Stu Evans and keyboardist Derek Austin Caravan - Various - Sweet And Swinging - Die Populärsten Orchester toured extensively.
This line-up did not make any recordings before Evans was replaced by John G. Perry and Dave Sinclair rejoined the group in The resulting album For Girls Who Grow Plump in the Night was a major critical achievement  and showed that the group could survive the loss of co-vocalist Richard Sinclair.
Jimmy Hastings reprised his role as orchestrator along with Martyn Ford and John Bell,  while the Soft Machine's Mike Ratledge contributed an instrumental piece, "Backwards" as part of a medley. Perry left after the New Symphonia and was replaced by Mike Wedgwood for the album Cunning Stuntswhich reached the top 50 in the UK  and was a minor hit in the US, reaching number David Sinclair left after the album was recorded and was replaced by Jan Schelhaaswith the band's sound becoming more mainstream.
Dunstans which was another minor album hit,  but by this point the group were out of step with the prevailing musical trends, and after a final album, Better by Far Carlo Pes - Professionisti Per Un Massacro (Colonna Sonora Originale Del Film In Stereo) Arista Records the group split. Caravan were largely dormant in the s until a reunion, planned as a one-off for television, reinvigorated their career.
He was replaced by Jim Levertonwhile Geoffrey Richardson rejoined the band. This version of the group released The Battle of Hastings in The group continued to play into the 21st century. InPye Hastings announced that the band had resumed activity in anticipation of a one-off concert recording at Metropolis Studios for ITV, which took place in December New material was written for a debut performance and the band was joined by Mark Walker on drums and percussion, as Richard Coughlan, whilst still a member of the band, was too ill to tour with the group.
The album was funded by a PledgeMusic campaign, scheduled for release on 24 February Hastings declared "now you can be part of the whole process by pledging to support this project". On 1 Decemberfounding member Coughlan died, having been in poor health for some years.
A statement from the band stated "his unique style of playing and wonderful character will be sorely missed. Caravan are considered a key example of the Canterbury scene genre. The group were predominantly album-oriented, but Hastings believes the group recorded enough straightforward pop that could have been hit singles if the record company had taken sufficient interest.
Instrumentally, David Sinclair's fuzztone Hammond organ sound is a key ingredient of the early Caravan albums,  and his playing is the dominant instrument on them. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Not to be confused with Caravan Thai band. Current members Pye Hastings — guitar, vocals —, —, —, —present Geoffrey Richardson — guitar, viola, flute, violin Caravan - Various - Sweet And Swinging - Die Populärsten Orchester—, —, —present Jan Schelhaas — keyboards —, —present Jim Leverton — bass New World Man - Rush - Matrix: Atlanta 02 Reloaded Mark Walker — drums, percussion —present Former members Richard Coughlan — drums, percussion —, —, —, —; his death Richard Sinclair — The Merseybeats - This Is Merseybeat, vocals —, —, — Dave Sinclair — keyboards —, —, —, —, — Steve Miller — keyboards — Derek Austin — keyboards — Stuart Evans — bass — John G.
Perry — bass — Mike Wedgwood — bass — Dek Messecar — bass —, — Doug Boyle — guitar — Simon Bentall — percussion — Jimmy Hastings — flute, saxophone — Retrieved 20 April Decca Records. Retrieved 19 February Waterloo Lily Media notes. Official Charts Company.
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