King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys
Larger than life and twice as rambunctious, King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys made their first public appearances in the Birmingham International Jazz & Blues Festival where they first linked up with their management and recording company Big Bear Music – a relationship that exists to this day.
The band's all action no-holds-barred approach to the American rhythm & blues, jump, jive and swing quickly established them internationally as The Kings of Swing.
TV beckoned, they have made more than 80 TV appearances in 9 countries, a host of radio broadcasts, recorded 11 CDs, played more than 4500 performances on the road through every European country, Russia, USA, Morocco and UAE and King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys are still on the road with as great an appetite to get out there and to entertain people.
They have shared the stage with such legends as BB King [several times], Cab Calloway and his Cotton Club Orchestra and the [actual] Blues Brothers Band from the movie.
Big Bear Records/Big Bear Music
Formed in 1968 and named Big Bear by celebrated BBC Presenter John Peel who thought that founder Jim Simpson’s gait resembled that of a bear.
Jim discovered Black Sabbath and Ozzy Osbourne and managed them through their most successful period; parting company when the ‘Paranoid’ single was Number 2, the ‘Paranoid’ album Number One and the ‘Black Sabbath’ album had re-entered the chart at Number 16.
Big Bear founded and ran Henry’s Blueshouse in Birmingham City Centre, the UKs first progressive music venue outside London, the birthplace of Black Sabbath which featured such influential bands as Status Quo, Led Zeppelin, Rory Gallagher with Taste, Judas Priest, Climax Blues Band and a string of American Blues Legends.
Big Bear’s motto: “Real Music, Properly Played”
Big Bear has recorded more than 160 albums of legendary American Bluesmen and regularly arranged blues tours throughout the 70s and the 80s in the UK and Europe.
Founding and running the Birmingham International Jazz & Blues Festival since 1985, currently in its 29th year and booking artists for events across Europe including those for the Solihull Jazz & Blues Festival.
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