British soul pioneers Kokomo’s 1975 debut album is considered a classic among collectors, whilst the band’s reputation as one of the finest ‘groove’ units ever to come out of this country remains largely intact.
Kokomo built their reputation and loyal following with a series of awesome live shows. Bob Dylan, who was signed to the same label, also admired the group — when Kokomo visited New York that July to launch their album in America, Dylan recruited them to the early sessions for his forthcoming ‘Desire’ album.
Kokomo’s enduring pedigree is evidenced by how many of the original members have gone on to enjoy considerable success in their subsequent careers. Jim Mullen is now a much feted award-winning jazz guitarist, Neil Hubbard’s discography is impressive to say the least, Jody Linscott continues to work with everyone from McCartney to Will Young, Mel Collins’ sax work has graced albums and gigs by Dire Straits, Eric Clapton, and the Rolling Stones, Tony O’Malley joined 10CC and then went onto forged a successful solo career here and in Europe, Frank Collins toured and recorded with Terence Trent D’Arby.
Support comes from highly acclaimed 8 piece band Crowd Company. Brimming with energy, catchy hooks and tight grooves the band combine a Hammond organ based sound with a virtuoso horn section and 3 outstanding soulful singers, often blending multi-part harmonies.