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Rather than being a personality cult, Blood, Sweat & Tears longevity comes down to its music, hit such as “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy,” “Spinning Wheel,” and “When I Die” with universal themes and a cross-generational sound.
Since B S & T formed in New York in 1967, the many faces of the band are, by now, a blur. However what the band came to be known as from the get-go remains the group’s signature style: a fusion known as “jazz-rock.”
“Jazz rock” – or pop rock or psychedelic rock as the hybrid genre is sometimes called – merges the stylings of rock, pop, R & B, and soul with a big band sound, including horn arrangements, while adding elements of small combo jazz traditions. The formula continues to work, which is why audiences around the globe and across generations are still listening to the music of B S & T.
Larry Dorr of Never Surrender Management has managed B S & T since the early 1980s. He talks more about what keeps the band ticking and how the group’s social conscience adds muscle to its long legs.
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