Camel are an English progressive rock band formed in 1971.
Camel was formed in 1971 when Andrew Latimer (guitar), Andy Ward (drums) and Doug Ferguson (bass) who had been playing as a trio called The Brew, recruited Peter Bardens (keyboards). Changing their name to Camel, they played their first gig at Waltham Forest Technical College supporting Wishbone Ash on 4 December.
In August 1972 Camel signed with MCA Records and their eponymous debut album was released six months later. The record was not a success and the band moved to Decca Records.
In 1974 they released their second album, the critically acclaimed Mirage on which Latimer showed he was adept on flute also. Although failing to chart at home, it gained success on the U.S. west coast, prompting a three month tour there.
In 1975 the instrumental concept album The Snow Goose inspired by the Paul Gallico short story of the same name, heralded the big breakthrough. Gallico, who loathed smoking, thought the band related to the cigarette brand and threatened to take legal action. Camel avoided this by adding the prefix 'Music inspired by...' to the album's cover.
|music genre||Rock music|
|current members|| Andrew Latimer|
|past members|| Peter Bardens|