Yeah, we’ve done a bunch of posts about ‘it was 50 years ago today’ over the pas…

Written by on February 21, 2018

Yeah, we’ve done a bunch of posts about ‘it was 50 years ago today’ over the past years, but this one even had our 60 something year old heads shaking…..

A brass section has been part of Rock and Roll from almost day one. On Feb. 21, 1968, Blood, Sweat & Tears, one of the first bands to make the brass section part of the band, released their debut LP “Child Is Father to the Man.”

BS&T was an evolving idea from Al Kooper. Al went to a concert for jazz trumpeter Maynard Ferguson in 1960. Ferguson’s performance served as the catalyst to start a rock band with a horn section. Kooper was in The Blues Project, but left after the band leader rejected his idea of bringing in a horn section. It took Al some time between both coasts, but he finally got the guys to put a band together.

This album was recorded in two weeks in December 1967. After a brief promotional tour, Kooper ws fired from the band, which led to Child is Father to the Man being the only album Kooper ever appeared on. Despite being asked to leave Blood, Sweat & Tears, Kooper felt everything worked out well for him and the band.

Do you remember what you thought of the band when you first heard this record?

Happy 50th Birthday to the debut album from Blood, Sweat & Tears, “Child Is The Father to the Man”!!

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