Supergroup (music)

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A supergroup is a

A supergroup sometimes forms as a side project for a single recording project or other ad hoc purposes, with no intention that the group will remain together afterwards. In other instances, the group may become the primary focus of the members' career.


Rolling Stone editor Jann Wenner credited British rock band Cream, which came together in 1966, as the first supergroup.[3] Eric Clapton, formerly of rock band The Yardbirds and blues rock band John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers; Jack Bruce, formerly of jazz/rhythm and blues band the Graham Bond Organisation (GBO) and John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers; and Ginger Baker, formerly of the GBO, formed the band in 1966, recorded four albums, and disbanded in 1968.[4][5] Guitarist Clapton and drummer Baker went on to form Blind Faith, another blues rock supergroup which recruited former the Spencer Davis Group and Traffic singer, keyboardist, and guitarist Steve Winwood and Family bassist Ric Grech. The group recorded one studio album before disbanding less than a year after formation.[6] Also in 1968 Jack Bruce joined the Tony Williams Lifetime, composed of bassist and vocalist Bruce, and three famous Miles Davis alumni: drummer Tony Williams, guitarist John McLaughlin, and keyboardist Khalid Yasin (né Larry Young).

The term may have come from the 1968 album

Crosby, Stills & Nash (later Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young) in 1969 is another early example, given the success of their prior bands (The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, and The Hollies

A contemporary example of a supergroup is FFS, a collaboration between Scottish indie rock band Franz Ferdinand and American art rock band Sparks.[8] After an eponymous debut studio album in 2015, the two groups then disbanded, returning to their own projects.


In 1974, a

egos." However, while this "musical infighting built up the excitement ... it also made breakups inevitable."[9]

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  4. ^ "Cream Bio". Archived from the original on 27 June 2011.
  5. ^ "Strange Brew," John McDermott, Guitar World Magazine, November 1997
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  9. ^ "Music: Return of a Supergroup". Time. 5 August 1974. Archived from the original on 28 December 2007. Retrieved 24 May 2010.