Week of February 28, 1999

Toe Fat

Toe Fat were formed in June 1969 by ex-Rebel Rousers vocalist Cliff Bennett following the dissolution of his Cliff Bennett Band which had briefly included ex-Gods guitarist Ken Hensley.  With his newly-grown beard and long hair, Bennett together with Hensley formed the heavy progressive outfit Toe Fat with other ex-Gods members Lee Kerslake (drums), and John Konas (Bass). Armed with a batch of Hensley-penned songs the band secured an American deal with Rare Earth Records, Tamla Motown's 'progressive' label, and recorded their self-titled debut LP (Rare Earth RS511) in 1970.  In the UK, the album was released by Parlophone (PCS 7097) who also released the single 'Working Nights'/'Bad Side Of The Moon' (R 5829), the B-side being an early Elton John composition. However, despite two American tours, one supporting Derek and The Dominos, shortly after the LP's release both Hensley and Kerslake left, Hensley going on to form Uriah Heep and Kerslake joining the National Head Band before himself joining Uriah Heep.

Another ex-Gods member John Glasscock had already by this time replaced Konas (who now runs a music shop in Ontario) and another ex-Gods member Brian Glasscok was drafted in to replace Kerslake (who ironically had replaced him in The Gods!) and guitarist Alan Kendall came in to replace Hensley. This revamped Toe Fat line up cut "Toe Fat 2" (Rare Earth RS 525/Regal Zonophone SLRZ 1015) the LP being produced by DJ John Peel (Toe Fat having recorded BBC sessions for the likes of Dave Cash, Mike Harding and Terry Wogan!). They also released the single 'Brand New Band'/'Can't Live Without You' (Chapter One CH 175) but following another, more financially successful, U.S. tour the band broke up when their management and record company said they could no longer fund the group.

Cliff Bennett then formed Rebellion, releasing one self-titled LP on CBS, before joining Mick Green in Shanghai in 1974 and then retiring from the music industry before returning for Sixties revival shows with the Rebel Rousers. John Glasscock joined Carmen in 1976 as well as working with the likes of Maddy Prior and Richard Digence whilst Brian Glasscock worked with the Bee Gees (along with Kendall) before becoming a founder member of The Motels.

Mark Brennan
(Taken from the liner notes of the CD reissue of "Toe Fat" - the first album, Repertoire, REP4416-WY, 1994)

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