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Heckstall-Smith, Dick

One of England's early jazz-rock luminaries, Dick Heckstall-Smith work included Blues Incorporated, Graham Bond Organisation, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and Colosseum. Phew!

Henry Cow
Hensley, Ken

Keyboardist, guitarist, and songwriter of Uriah Heep.

Here & Now

Cutting their teeth in Ladbroke Grove and on the UK's free festival circuit, Here & Now gained notoriety for their collaboration with Daevid Allen and Gilli Smyth of Gong.

High Tide

From the onset, High Tide garnered attention; the band had a publishing deal with Apple Corps and was managed by Doug Smith's Clearmountain Productions. Their two albums on Liberty/United Artists are undisputed classic proto-prog albums. Simon House would later join Hawkwind, while Peter Pavli was a member of Rustic Hinge.

Hillage, Steve

A mainstay in the progressive scene, Steve Hillage's earliest work goes back to the Middle Earth club in the late 60s with Arzachel, playing alongside bands like Pink Floyd and Tomorrow. After a break to attend University, Hillage returned to music, first returning (ever so briefly) with Dave Stewart for the eponymous Kahn album before joining Kevin Ayers' Decadence. From there, he would spend the next three years in the classic Gong trilogy line-up where he would meet future partner Miquette Giraudy. In the mid 70s he departed Gong for a successful solo career which carried him into the early 80s. Hillage then turned to production, working with several of Virgin's "new wave" acts' seminal releases. By the 90s, he would return to performing, but this time inspired by the burgeoning techno scene. System 7 carries on to this day.

Hodgson, Roger

Co-founder and author of most of Supertramp's hits, Roger Hodgson left the band in 1983 for a sporadic solo career.

Holdsworth, Allan

One of the progressive era's most recognizable guitarists, Allan Holdsworth has had a journeyman's career in the music world. During the 70s, he played for Igginbottom, Sunship, Nucleus, Tempest, Gong, The New Tony Williams Lifetime, Jean Luc Ponty, Soft Machine, U.K., and Bruford.

Howe, Steve

Steve Howe, guitarist for Tomorrow, Bodast, Yes, Asia and GTR. Guitar Player magazine vote him "Best Guitarist" for five years in a row in the late 70s.

Illusion

Mark I Renaissance reformed in the mid-70s for a couple of albums.

Incredible String Band, The

Fronted by Mike Heron and Robin Williamson, The Incredible String Band were one of the earliest folk bands to incorporate psychedelic music into their sound. Massively influential, the band were a major live attraction.

Inner City Unit

"Punkadelic acid rockers"? Musically defying all description, Inner City Unit remains one of the most unique offshots to the Hawkwind family tree. Founded by Hawkwind's Nik Turner, ICU combined the talents of Dead Fred Reeves on keyboards, Judge Trev Thoms on guitar, and Dino Ferari on drums, the latter two previously with Steve Took's bands. ICU took a hiatus while Reeves and Turner returned to Hawkwind, then reformed in the early 80s with Steve Pond on guitar and Micky Stupp on drums. Both Pond and Reeves supported Robert Calvert during the singers live shows in the mid 80s.

Isotope

Gary Boyle's jazz-rock fusion band.

Jack Lancaster And Robin Lumley

A precursor to Brand X

Jackson Heights

Lee Jackson's post-Nice, pre-Refugee band.

Jade Warrior

One of the most original of the British progressives, Jade Warrior were one of the first bands to incorporate "world" elements into their unique sound.

Jethro Tull

Led by Ian Anderson, Jethro Tull was the first group from the progressive era to score resounding chart success. Originally their music was based in rhythm and blues, but punctuated with Anderson's flute playing and larger-than-life stage persona. By Thick As A Brick, the band would provide the ultimate concept album: one song spread over both sides of the album, housed in a newspaper-facsimile record jacket. By the mid-70s, the bands work become more formulaic, but fan favorites were just around the corner, as the folk-roots of Songs For The Wood would attest. Throughout numerous personal changes, Anderson would remain the constant link to their success.

Jobson, Eddie

Violinist and journeyman, Eddie Jobson has one of the longer resumes in prog rock.

Jon & Vangelis

Along with a US Top 50, the single "I Hear You Now" rose to the UK Top 10, propelling Jon & Vangelis' first album to a UK No 4. The duo - balancing successful solo careers simultaneously - would continue their success until Anderson rejoined Yes in 1983.

July

Notable for members Tom Newman (producer), and John Field and Tony Duhig, both later in Jade Warrior.

Khan

Steve Hillage's first group following his completion of studies at Canterbury. Second incarnation with Dave Stewart never recorded (he guested on their only record).

King Crimson

From their debut album and striking cover art, constantly shuffling lineup, groundbreaking music, never-say-die reformations, no band epitomizes the "British prog" ethos better than King Crimson.

Kingdom Come

Arthur Brown's post-Crazy World band. Third album made early use of drum machines.

Kristina, Sonja

Sonja Kristina got her start singing in the musical Hair before joining Curved Air. She was also married to Stewart Copeland of the Police.

Lake, Greg

Singer and bassist for King Crimson MK 1, and then on to prog supergroup Emerson Lake & Palmer. Incredibly sappy solo albums defy description.