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How One Little Known Group Formed Sixty Years Ago Sprouted Members of Rock and Roll Elite

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Los Bravos Were Among The Many Descendants of The Electric Warriors


Golden State is very likely to be the champions of their sport, which likens them to the Atlanta team that won the World Series back in October. The two teams, unfortunately, have more in common than just the titles.

Their names, the Braves and the Warriors, have long been considered offensive by many people. Calls have gone out to encourage each organization to adopt a more positive name, following the leads of other pro teams in Cleveland (Guardians) and Washington (Commanders).

Moved from Philadelphia to San Francisco exactly sixty years ago, the same time another group was using the name Warriors. Instead of setting picks, however, these guys were holding picks.

They were a band formed in 1962 in England, where they were playing the same type of music as the quartet who were to gain immortality as The Beatles. The Warriors themselves would not be nearly as successful as the Fab Four, but its individual members would go on to gain fame with other acts.

Jon Anderson of course would go on to be the lead vocalist for the prog rock band Yes, who amassed a huge following because of hits like “Long Distance Runaround,” “Roundabout” and “”I've Seen All Good People.” His brother Tony would break into the Top Ten a few years before Yes, when as the front man for Los Bravos he scored with “Black Is Black (I Want My Baby Back).”

Also starting as a member of the Warriors was keyboardist Brian Chatton, who would later become an integral part of two other groups. He formed Flaming Youth with Phil Collins, who of course would lead Genesis to a decade of Top Ten songs and albums.

After Collins and the others in Flaming Youth split ways, Chatton hooked up with an-ex member of the Nice. Bassist Lee Jackson had been the second most widely recognized member of the Nice, whose keyboardist Keith Emerson would become the first third of Emerson Lake and Palmer of “Lucky Man” fame.

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Speaking of bass players, the guy who manned the four string guitar for the Warriors also went on to enjoy success with other outfits. David Foster joined Badger, whose members would eventually become part of Peter Frampton's Camel.

Even the drummer of the Warriors, like his former bandmates, would find success after that group's demise. Ian Wallace sat behind the kit for prog rock legends King Crimson during their most successful records, and he would then go on to become the drummer for Bob Dylan.

The skins you hear on Dylan's Street Legal are being played by Wallace, as are the drums on Bob's hugely successful Live at Budokan. Wallace would also a few decades later back Dylan on his tenure as part of the Traveling Wilburys, while in between he drummed on Don Henley's first two solo albums (I Can't Stand Still and Building the Perfect Beast) after the demise of the Eagles.

Unlike the basketball team currently seeking yet another championship title, the Warriors had disbanded long before a name change became necessary. And, because of all the great musical projects created thereafter, thank goodness they did.

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