"Gentle Giant" was a British band considered to be one of the most original progressive rock bands of the 1970s. Inspired by old philosophers, personal events, and the works of François Rabelais, the group's stated purpose was to "expand the frontiers of contemporary popular music at the risk of becoming very unpopular."
Gentle Giant was formed by Derek, Ray, and Phil Shulman in 1970 after they dissolved their soul/pop band Simon Dupree and the Big Sound in 1969. The brothers joined with Gary Green, Kerry Minnear, and a succession of drummers to produce a series of twelve albums throughout the 1970s, finally dissolving quietly in 1980.
Their earlier albums tended to be more eclectic and experimental in form. By 1974, as they started to gather an American following, they chose to simplify their songs (which, compared to other rock artists at the time, were still very complex) to gain a wider audience. Both ''The Power and the Glory'' and ''Free Hand'' reached the Top 50 in the US.
By 1977, as the fashion trends in the music market shifted toward punk and New Wave, the band chose to simplify their music even more to become commercial. In 1979, the band relocated to...
|music genre||Progressive Rock|
|current members|| Kerry Minnear|
|past members|| Phil Shulman|
Martin Smith (drummer)