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JAM 66 Radio: The Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation


In the year 1967 appeared in the United Kingdom, led by drummer Aynsley Dunbar, the group The Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation, a blues rock band completed by…

Guitarist and vocalist John Morshead
Bassist Keith Tillman
Keyboardist and singer Victor Brox.

Dunbar (born in Liverpool on January 10, 1946) was by this time a seasoned drummer, having worked his way through John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and played with major blues names such as Champion Jack Dupree.

With his new project, from which Tillman dropped out shortly to be replaced by Alex Dmochowski, he debuted on Liberty Records with the LP “The Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation” (1969).

The same year 1969 appeared “Doctor Dunbar’s Prescription” (1969).

After this last work came the addition of keyboardist Tommy Eyre (born July 5, 1949), who had already played on “Retaliation aka To Mum From Aynsley and The Boys” (1969), his peak album and the most popular of his discography.

After this album, Aynsley left his bandmates, as did Eyre, and created Aynsley Dunbar’s Blue Whale in the 1970s, recording a self-titled progressive rock, blues, and jazz rock album at Warners.

The remaining components wanted to continue with the band and recorded “Remains To Be Heard” (1970), a worthy LP that went unnoticed through record stores, which caused the definitive breakup of the group.

Dunbar later played in Journey and Jefferson Starship, also collaborating on recordings by Frank Zappa, Whitesnake, Yoko Ono, Flo & Eddie, Ian Hunter and David Bowie.

Tommy Eyre passed away in the Californian city of Los Angeles on May 23, 2001. He was 51 years old.

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