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Jon Hiseman's post-Colosseum rock band featured Allan Holdsworth and then Ollie Halsall on guitar.


In the beginning there was psychedelia - inspired by the liberation of drug culture, supported by the new "Underground" and musically, and bringing novel invention to music. Tomorrow were one of London's darlings during their short existence, but commercial success never quite came their way.


Steve Winwood was already well known as the voice behind Spencer Davis Group before he started Traffic. The band always kept its R&B roots as it moved from the psychedelic pop of the first two studio albums into more progressive, jazzy territory that focused on the writing ability of Winwood and the musicianship of Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood and others.

Turner, Nik

Flute and sax player for Hawkwind, Nik Turner led the Inner City Unit in the early 80s, Los Angeles-based Sphynx in the early to mid 90s, and Space Ritual in the 00s, and various side projects too numerous to list.


John Charles Alder, better known as Twink, played in a host of classic British psychedelia bands, including In-Crowd/Tomorrow, The Pretty Things/Electric Banana, Pink Fairies, and ever so short lived Stars, with Syd Barrett. He released one album for Sire records in 1970.


From the remains of King Crimson, a latter-day supergroup. Bill Bruford and Allan Holdsworth left after one album, while Eddie Jobson and John Wetton stick together for another. From there, however, it was on to Asia.

Uriah Heep

Masters of heavy organ rock, Uriah Heep

Uriel (Arzachel)

Precursor to Egg, Uriel also included Steve Hillage on guitar. The band changed their name to Arzachel for their only album.

Van Der Graaf Generator

Led by the indefatigable Peter Hammill, perhaps the most original and significant group of the era; even "without the capes". Hammill is a complicated character, and so then is Van Der Graaf Generator: one moment placid and sympathetic, the next fierce and chaotic. His lyrics border the depth of literature, while his music, epic in nature, benefited from the band's original arrangements.

Wagner, Adrian

Great-great grandson of "the" Richard Wagner, Adrian Wagner was a collaborator with Robert Calvert, as well as a Charisma recording artist and inventor of the "Wasp" keyboard.

Wakeman, Rick

The silver-caped keyboardist and sometimes-comedian


Second of Brian Hodgon's electronic music projects.

Way, Darryl

Violinist and composer for Curved Air

Wetton, John

As a bassist and vocalist, John Wetton's career took many progressive turns throughout the 70s, highlighting his hard-working journeyman spirit, winding up with the big success of Asia in the early 80s.

White Noise

Largely the project of American David Vorhaus, White Noise represents some of the first releases of electronic music aimed at a commercial audience. He was joined by members of the BBC's legendary Radiophonic Workshop for their initial release on Island Records.

White, Alan

Alan White's career led him from John Lennon to Jon Anderson, with dozens of sessions in between.

Who, The

From their beginnings as a r&b-influenced singles band with a Mod image, The Who quickly rose to the very top of England's rock elite by sheer virtue of their live performances. Along the way they penned many anthems that would reign in the classic rock cannon. But of interest to the progressive fan are two concept albums penned (like everything else) by guitarist Pete Townsend: 1969's Tommy and 1973's Quadrophenia. The former, very overshadowed by the bloated film version, remains a gem of the psychedelic era, while the later is in a category all by itself. Not to be missed is the very electric set from 1970, Live At Leeds.

Wild Turkey

Formed by Eyes Of Blue's Gary Pickford-Hopkins, Jethro Tull's Glenn Cornick, and a pre-Man Tweke Lewis, their earliest lineup included John Weathers but was replaced by a post-Man Jeff Jones. They recorded two albums before breaking up in 1974.

Wilde Flowers, The

The genesis of the Canterbury scene lay within the ranks of The Wilde Flowers; Ayers, Sinclairs, Hoppers, Coughlan, Hastings, and Wyatt all start here.

Winwood, Steve

From Spencer Davis, to Traffic, to Blind Faith, back to Traffic, Go, and then on to a very successful solo carrer, few musicians have the resume of multi-instrumentalist Steve Winwood. A genuine legend of the progressive era.

Wolf, Darryl Way's

Ex-Curved Air violinist's group project

Wright, Rick

Keyboard player and legend for Pink Floyd. Formed Zee in the early 80s with vocalist Dave Harris from the new wave group Fashion.

Wyatt, Robert

Both biped and wheelchair-bound, the one and only.


Nothing defines the good and back of Prog Rock other than Yes. From their striking early albums and genre-defining middle era, through to the chart-topping 80s best sellers, the band has -- in one form or another -- continued for five decades.

Zombies, The

One of England's earliest and most creative bands, they found their biggest success posthumously.