Luther Grosvenor (Ariel Bender) got his start w/ former Traffic drummer Jim Capaldi in'Deep Feeling'. after recording a single produced by famed Yardbirds manager Giorgi Gomelksy, Luther moved on to the VIP'S. The vip's featured vocalist Mike Harrison, Greg Ridley & Mike Kellie who had a hit w/ the Island single 'Straight Down to the Bottom. Later the VIP'S became pre-Spooky Tooth psychedelic band 'Art'. After recording one album for Island records in 1967 entitled 'Supernatural Fairytails', they enlisted in the help of American Gary Wright to become Spooky Tooth.Luther recorded 4 albums w/ them before they disbanded. He recorded his 1st solo LP 'Under Open Skies' in 1971 & joined 'Stealers Wheel'for 6 months before joining 'Mott the Hoople' under the moniker Ariel Bender. Fourteen months later he left Mott & formed Widowmaker (not the Dee Snyder band). with Widowmaker he recorded 2 albums.Luther made his 'comeback' in 1995 w/ 2 songs he recorded for a Peter Green tribute 'Rattlesnake Guitar'. Later in 1996 he took the core musicians from those sessions (Mike Kellie, Jess Roden) & recorded his first solo album 'Floodgates' since 1971. The new CD is produced by Mick Dolan who has produced albums from Mick Jagger, Jim Capaldi & Steve Winwood.
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