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For a brief period at the end of the '60s and the start of the '70s, Blood, Sweat & Tears , which fused a Rock 'n' Roll rhythm section to a horn section, held out the promise of a Jazz-Rock fusion that could storm the Pop charts. The band was organized in New York in 1967 out of the remnants of The Blues Project by keyboard player / singer Al Kooper and guitarist Steve Katz of that group, and saxophonist Fred Lipsius. The rhythm section consisted of bassist Jim Fielder and drummer Bobby Colomby, and the horn section was filled out by trumpeters Randy Brecker, Jerry Weiss and trombonist Dick Halligan. Al Kooper came up with the name when he was on the phone with a promoter, while gazing at a Johnny Cash album cover. The album was called, "Blood Sweat & Tears". The inspiration for the band name did not come from Winston Churchill's quote, "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat", as was widely reported at the time. Their first gig was at the Village Theater (which later became the Fillmore East) as the opening act for The James Cotton Blues band. A couple of weeks later the band opened for Moby Grape at the Cafe au Go Go in New York. They were a huge success and three record labels were willing to sign the group, Elektra, Warner and Columbia. They decided to sign with Columbia, a label that Kooper already had a relation-ship with. In December 1967 they began recording their first album, "Child Is Father To The Man", which was released on February 21 1968. The critics loved it and compared it to the Beatles "Sgt. Pepper" and the Beach Boys' "Pet Sounds". The album was considered as a milestone in Rock music and was awarded a Grammy nomination, but only hit # 47 on the Billboard Hot 200.
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