Well, i’ve returned from my one week off having to deal with family stuff…to bring you another great song!! From those English geniuses , we’ve got Wizzard “Ball park incident”.
Wizzard were a Birmingham-based band formed by Roy Wood, former member of The Move and co-founder of the Electric Light Orchestra. The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits states, “Wizzard was Roy Wood just as much as Wings were Paul McCartney.”
Not long after the release of Electric Light Orchestra’s first album, Wood found himself frequently at odds with co-leader Jeff Lynne. After increasing personal and musical differences it became clear that both could no longer work together in the same group, so Wood left, taking band members Bill Hunt (keyboards and french horn) and Hugh McDowell (cello), as well as ELO’s sound engineer, Trevor Smith, with him, to form Wizzard. Also in the line-up were former Move bassist Rick Price, drummers Charlie Grima and Keith Smart (all formerly of Birmingham group Mongrel), and saxophone players Mike Burney and Nick Pentelow (the son of actor Arthur Pentelow). Prior to the recording of the band’s second album, Introducing Eddy and the Falcons, McDowell left and was not replaced, and during the recording of the album Bill Hunt also departed and was replaced by Bob Brady (also from Mongrel). Prior to the recording of the band’s final album, 2000’s Main Street, in 1975, drummer Keith Smart departed the band and was not replaced.
The band made their live debut at The London Rock and Roll Show at Wembley Stadium on 5 August 1972. It was the very first concert to be held at the stadium. Wizzard’s second appearance was at the Reading Festival later that month. With Wood’s distinctive warpaint make-up and colourful costume, not to mention regular appearances on BBC Television’s Top of the Pops in which members and friends, including Wood’s girl friend, singer Ayshea Brough, variously appeared in pantomime horses, gorilla costumes or as roller-skating angels, often wielding custard pies for good measure, they were one of the most picturesque groups in the British glam rock era. In January 1973 they scored their first Top 10 hit with “Ball Park Incident”.
SO, sit back, eat some bacon, enjoy freedom, and KEEP IT WEIRD!!!