Brian Augers Oblivion Express

Brian Auger, born in Bihar, India, is a jazz and rock keyboardist, who has specialised in playing the Hammond Organ. He is considered to be one of the most influential keyboardists of all time. His mentor was the famous organist Jimmy Smith.

In 1965 he founded the group Steampacket along with Julie Driscoll, Rod Stewart and Long John Baldry. With Driscoll and the band Trinity he went on to produce several hit singles, notably a cover of David Ackles' Road to Cairo and This Wheel's on Fire, a Bob Dylan song.

In 1970, Auger put together a new band to play less commercial jazz-rock and jokingly called it the Oblivion Express, since he didn't think it would last; instead, it became his perennial band name. The late 80's saw him recording a few successful albums with blues rock greats like Eric Burdon, demonstrating he was still an artist to be reckoned with.

In 1995, Auger put together a new Oblivion Express. As of 2000, the lineup consisted of his daughter, Savannah, on vocals, Chris Clermont on guitar, Dan Lutz on bass, and his son Karma on drums. This group issued the album Voices of Other Times on Miramar Records one week before Auger's 61st birthday.

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