Glaswegian Maggie Bell was the
powerful voice of Scottish
prog/blues/soul rockers Stone the
Crows, back in the late
sixties/early seventies. Stone the
Crows, who started out as Power,
were 'discovered' by Led Zeppelin
manager Peter Grant, who was
impressed with guitarist Les
Harvey and Bell's raucous vocals,
which gave them a winning blend.
Bell, once a window dresser by day
and a musician by night and
acclaimed as England's top lady
singer of 1972, embarked on a solo
career in the early seventies
following the demise of Stone the
Crows. (Harvey was tragically
killed on stage by a "live"
microphone during a gig at Swansea
University). She released her
first solo album, "Queen of the
Night", which was generally felt
to be her best solo album, in
1974, and then this album, which
has recently been released on CD,
the following year. Sadly her solo
career never achieved the success
her talent suggested, and she
featured on a number of albums by
artists such as Denny Laine and
Eric Burdon, to name just a few.
She also appeared with Ellis in
the early 70's ( with Stone the
Crows and later Focus drummer,
Colin Allen, bassist Jim Leverton,
vocalist Steve Ellis, guitarist
Andy Gee and keyboard player Zoot
Money ), and she also fronted
Midnight Flyer in 1981. She also
released an excellent, but sadly
unheralded solo album called "
Crimes of the Heart" in 1988.
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Biography by William Ruhlmann
Scottish soul-rock singer Maggie
Bell first gained prominence
singing with Stone the Crows,
which released its first album
in 1970 and broke up in June
1973. Bell went solo with Queen
of the Night (featuring the U.S.
number 97 "After Midnight") in
1974, followed by Suicide Sal,
both of which charted in the
U.S. Her only U.K. chart singles
came with "Hazell" (number 37)
in 1978, and a duet with B.A.
Robertson, "Hold Me" (number
11), in 1981.
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