The life and music of Roy Wood, rock musician, successively member of The Move, the Electric Light Orchestra, and Wizzard
Born in Birmingham in 1946, Roy Wood was one of the mainstays of the city's thriving music scene. He first came to prominence in 1967 as the guitarist and main writer in The Move, whose hits included 'Night Of Fear', 'Flowers In The Rain' and 'Blackberry Way', and after the departure of vocalist Carl Wayne, their lead vocalist as well.
Frustrated with the limitations of a conventional rock group, he worked with Jeff Lynne to form the Electric Light Orchestra, but left them in 1972 shortly after the release of their first album to form the more rock/jazz-orientated Wizzard, fondly remembered for the chart-topping 'See My Baby Jive' and the perennial seasonal classic 'I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday'.
They disbanded in 1975, after which Wood's career assumed a lower profile, punctuated with occasional releases, collaborations and guest appearances with others. This book and discography surveys his career to 1985.
If Wizzard failed to deliver the goods live, the first single proved well worth waiting for. Issued in November 1972, 'Ball Park Incident' was described by John Peel, then singles reviewer for 'Disc', as "an eccentric piece of work" which sounded as though they were playing on the platform at Notting Hill Gate tube station while someone held a mike at the other end of the Holland Park tunnel. Aided by heavy TV and radio exposure, it climbed to No. 6 in January 1973.