19. Wishbone Ash
Wishbone Ash is a British rock band who enjoyed relative notoriety throughout the ’70s largely due to the use and success of harmony between lead guitarists Andy Powell and Ted Turner. Formed in 1969 by bass guitarist Martin Turner and drummer Steve Upton, Wishbone Ash is best known for albums like Argus (1972), There’s the Rub (1974), Wishbone Ash (1970), and Pilgrimage (1971). Even though the band wasn’t as popular as classic rock bands like The Beatles, both Judas Priest and Iron Maiden have said on various occasions that Wishbone Ash was a major influence on their work.
The Wishbone Ash‘s twenty-fourth studio album, Blue Horizon, was produced by Tom Greenwood, Andy Powell, and Joe Crabtree and released on February 21, 2014.
18. Savoy Brown
Formed by guitarist Kim Simmonds in 1965, Savoy Brown is a prolific English blues-rock band known for their relentless touring and producing over 32 studio and live albums. The band originally consisted of singer Bryce Portius, keyboardist Trevor Jeavons, bassist Ray Chappell, drummer Leo Manning, and harmonica player John O’Leary, but has since had nine lead singers, seven guitarists, 16 bass players, 16 different drummers, and three different keyboard players. Unfortunately, despite the band’s success, Savoy Brown has yet to receive the recognition they truly deserve, especially considering the band’s discography and relentless touring schedule.
Nowadays, Savoy Brown is still touring and is made up of original member Kim Simmonds, alongside Pat DeSalvo and Garnet Grimm. The band recently released their fortieth album, City Night, on Friday, June 7, 2019.
17. Uriah Heep
Sometimes referred to as the “Beach Boys of heavy metal,” Uriah Heep are yet another English rock band formed out of London in the late 60s that have enjoyed a long, successful career as a cult band but are ignored by classic rock radio and the general rock music fan. That’s a shame because Uriah Heap are a true music fan’s band, with melodic songs, multi-part harmonies, and music that draws on a range of diverse influences from progressive rock and jazz to even a bit of country.
Some hallmarks of the band’s sound include David Byron’s strong vocal performances and a heavy use of keyboards. Once can definitely hear Uriah Heap’s influence in later prog-metal acts such as Queensryche and Dream Theater, but the band as a whole is right up there with bands such as Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, and the aforementioned UFO in helping to create what would become heavy metal.