Formed on Canvey Island in Essex in the early 1970s Dr. Feelgood remains one of the most popular and exciting live rhythm and blues acts in the world. The raw and uncompromising style of their performance resulted in the album Stupidity that immediately went to the number one position in the U.K. charts.
Dr. Feelgood have also enjoyed global success with a string of hit singles including Roxette, Back in the Night, Milk and Alcohol, Down at the Doctors, She Does it Right, Going Back Home and See You Later Alligator – which gave the group their first gold record.
The last album to feature Lee Brilleaux – Down at the Doctors, was recorded live at the Dr. Feelgood Music Bar on Canvey Island, (now the site of the Oysterfleet Hotel) just two months before he died.
The current line up features the rhythm section Kevin Morris on drums and Phil Mitchell on bass, both 31 years in the band and Steve Walwyn on guitar who has been with the band for 25 years. Vocalist Robert Kane (formerly of the Animals) is the most recent addition – joining in 1999.
Recent releases include a DVD – Live in London and CD Repeat Prescription – a collection of some of the bands most enduring songs but with a fresh approach.
Julien Temple’s film Oil City Confidential released on 2nd February 2010 tells the story of the bands formative years featuring the Wilko Johnson era.
May 2011 saw the digitally re – mastered re release of Chessmasters originally released in 2000 on EMI Records … the band’s tribute to the Chess label, home to many of the finest blues artists of the 20th century and the first Dr Feelgood album to feature Robert on vocals.
Dr Feelgood, Burnley Mechanics, Thursday 19th May. Tickets £18.