Strawbs was named for the Strawberry Hill district of London.
The Strawbs was the first act signed by A&M Records, Ltd. in Great Britain in May 1968. The group broke in Canada before the U.S.
Strawbs had more members who were eventually signed to A&M as members of other bands and as solo artists than any other group on the label. David Cousins, Sandy Denny, Richard Hudson and John Ford, and Rick Wakeman all released albums for A&M Records.
Billboard reported the "Part of the Union" single reached #2 in Bangkok on March 24, 1973 and #8 in Singapore on April 7, 1973.
The Strawbs evolved from an acoustic folk band to an electric band. The change happened in 1973.
They left A&M as their sales slowed down.
The Strawbs, David Cousins' Simple Visions. Frank Jarvis. Goldmine, August 21, 1992, 30.
|Rod Coombes||1973-1975||drums, percussion, vocals|
|Dave Cousins||1968-1975||vocals, dulcimer, banjo, guitar, recorder|
|Chas. Cronk||1973-1975||bass, synthesizer, vocals|
|John Ford||1970-1972||vocals, bass|
|John Hawken||1973||keyboards, sythesizer|
|Tony Hooper||1968-1971||vocals, autoharp, guitar, tambourine|
|Richard Hudson||1970-1972||drums, vocals, sitar|
|Dave Lambert||1972-1975||guitars, vocals|
|Rick Wakeman||1970||organ, celeste, clarinet, piano, harpsichord, sythesizer|