1973 Bloodstone – Natural High
In 1962, a collection of high school students in Kansas City formed the doo-wop group. They reached eventually learned to play instruments as well, and reached Las Vegas as a cover band in 1968.
In 1971, the band moved to Los Angeles, replaced their drummer, and signed with new management. Their new managers insisted that the group change its name, and they became Bloodstone.
No record label had shown any interest in the band, so they again followed their managers’ advice and moved to London. Once there, they signed a recording contract with Decca Records. By then, the members of the group were Willis Draffen Jr., Roger Durham, Charles Love, Charles McCormick, Eddie Summers, and Harry Williams.
Bloodstone began working with British Blues producer Mike Vernon. They recorded their first album and had their first hit record in 1973 with a song written by Charles McCormick, their bass player. The single Natural High peaked at #10 on the US Hot 100 and reached #4 on the R&B chart. It stalled at #40 in the UK.
The group had one more single reach #34, but other than that, they never reached the top forty on the Hot 100 again. Fortunately, they had eight more top forty singles on the R&B chart, half of which reached the top ten.
In 1975, Bloodstone starred in the film Train Ride To Hollywood, for which they wrote all the music. They continued to record new music through 1984.
Two of the band’s original members, Harry Williams and Charles McCormick, still lead the current Bloodstone on tour.
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