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Grand Records official DR FEELGOOD Biography (2004)

Formed on Canvey Island in Essex in the early 1970's Dr Feelgood has become one of the most popular live rhythm and blues acts in the world.

The raw and uncompromising style that made them so popular resulted in the band achieving a number one chart position with the album "Stupidity" - a testament to their dynamic stage show.

Dr Feelgood have enjoyed a string of hit singles in many countries including "Milk & Alcohol", "Down at the Doctors", "Roxette", "She's a wind up" and "See you later Alligator". The last album to feature Lee Brilleaux, "Down at the Doctors", was recorded live on Canvey Island at the band's own music bar just two months before he died. Lee's final wish was for the band to carry on and so it was decided to continue. The current line-up of the band is led by their drummer Kevin Morris, and features Steve Walwyn on lead guitar, Phil Mitchell on bass and charismatic vocalist, Robert Kane, formerly of "The Animals II".

May 2000 saw the UK release on EMI Records of "Chess Masters", the band's own tribute to the Chess brothers and the influential record label which was the home of the finest blues artists.

Grand Records recent releases include "Finely Tuned", a collection featuring the guitarists of Dr Feelgood, "Speeding Thru Europe", an exciting live set recorded at various shows between September 2002 and January 2003, and "Wolfman Calling", an album celebrating some of Lee's finest blues recordings.

The band still undertakes a full touring schedule and has completed tours of most European and Scandinavian countries, a full summer of festivals and a triumphant return to Japan.

2004 sees Dr Feelgood maintaining their hectic touring schedule across the globe, still thrilling the crowds with the vitality of their explosive live show.

2004 - GRAND RECORDS

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Line-up:
Robert Kane, Vocals and Harmonica (since September 1999)
Steve Walwyn, Guitar (since Spring 1989)
Phil Mitchell, BassGuitar (March 1983 - March 1991, returned in May 1995)
Kevin Morris, Drums (since May 1983)

FOR ADDITIONAL INFO ON DR FEELGOOD's HISTORY, DETAILS OF FORMER BAND MEMBERS, DISCOGRAPHY AND MORE - please visit the official Dr Feelgood WebSite at www.drfeelgood.de / www.drfeelgood.org

February 2004 - Additions by Gabi Schwanke

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Grand Records official DR FEELGOOD Biography (2002)

Formed on Canvey Island in Essex in the early 1970's Dr Feelgood has become one of the most popular live rhythm and blues acts in the world.

The raw and uncompromising style that made them so popular resulted in the band achieving a number one chart position with the album "Stupidity" - a testament to their dynamic stage show.

Dr Feelgood have enjoyed a string of hit singles in many countries including "Milk & Alcohol", "Down at the Doctors", "Roxette", "She's a wind up" and "See you later Alligator".

The latest album to feature Lee Brilleaux - "Down at the Doctors" - was recorded live on Canvey Island at the band's own music bar just two months before he died.

In 1994, after the death of their founder member, the band took a break being unsure if they could carry on without him. But Lee's final wish was for the band to carry on and, after a respectful lay-off of one year, it was decided to continue.

The current line-up of the band is led by their drummer Kevin Morris, and features Steve Walwyn on lead guitar, Phil Mitchell on bass and charismatic vocalist Robert Kane, formerly of "The Animals II".

To celebrate twenty-five years in the business Dr Feelgood released a double album - "Twenty Five Years of Dr Feelgood" (1997) - on Grand Records and a book - "Down by the Jetty - The Story of Dr Feelgood" - written by Tony Moon and published by Northdown Publishing Limited.

May 2000 saw the UK release on EMI Records of the band's most recent studio album "Chess Masters" (Catalogue no: 525 8442). The album is available to the rest of the world on the band's own label, Grand Records (Catalogue no: Grand CD23).

Following the success of the "Naughty Rhythms Tour" in the autumn of 2000, the band took on a full touring schedule for 2001 and completed tours of most European and Scandinavian countries and a full summer of festivals.

September 2001 saw two CD releases, a triple set on EMI Records - "Singled Out" - a collection of all the singles released on United Artists and Liberty and also featuring a CD of rarities and extra tracks. Grand Records also released "Dr Feelgood BBC Sessions 1973-1978" - featuring many classic Radio One sessions.

The "Naughty Rhythms Tour 2001" featured once again the antics of John Otway, The Kursaal Flyers, the legendary Canned Heat and of course Dr Feelgood.

In 2002 Dr Feelgood continued maintaining a hectic tour schedule across the globe, including a visit to Japan, still thrilling the old and new fan crowds with the vitality of their explosive live show.

2002 - GRAND RECORDS
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FOR ADDITIONAL INFO ON DR FEELGOOD's HISTORY, DETAILS OF FORMER BAND MEMBERS, DISCOGRAPHY AND MORE - please visit the official Dr Feelgood WebSite at www.drfeelgood.de (Where you are right now :-) )

Line-up:
Robert Kane, Vocals and Harmonica (since September 1999)
Steve Walwyn, Guitar (since Spring 1989)
Phil Mitchell, BassGuitar (March 1983 - March 1991, returned in May 1995)
Kevin Morris, Drums (since May 1983)

Booking via e-mail: booking@drfeelgood.de or bookings@drfeelgood.de

December 2002 - Additions by Gabi Schwanke

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Strummin' thru' the years

In the early days of the 70's a band by the name of Pigboy Charlie band were playing in the Southend area. Members Lee Brilleaux and Sparko were looking for a guitarist to join a new band they were forming leading Sparko to turn up at Wilko's door and ask him if he wanted to be their man on the six strings. Wilko's instrument was laid under the bed due to his travels across Europe to India but he liked the idea so said yes and in Spring 1971 Dr Feelgood were formed.
Wilko's style of playing rhythm and lead guitar using a combination of his thumb and fingers instead of a plectrum brought economy in numbers but a stronger sound to the Feelgoods. This, combined with his strong use of riffs such as those featured in "She does it right", "Roxette" et al produced a sound to be remembered and enjoyed. This sound and Wilko's movements contributed to the Feelgood's success on the live circuit from the early days of pub rock gigs through to the City Halls and festivals they topped the bill.
Melody maker (1974) described in a review - "Wilko Johnson is tearing off a guitar solo, buzzing around the stage like a wasp trapped in a jar, arms and legs as stiff as if rigor mortis had set in five hours ago. He tugs at the guitar strings as though he were ripping nails from wood with his fingers". Wilko's stage persona complimented Lee and provided such theatrics as "Riot in Cell Block #9" and who can forget the one stringed solo in "I'm a hog for you baby". After four albums "Down by the Jetty", "Malpractice", "Sneakin Suspicion" and "Stupidity" the live album that shocked the charts by reaching the dizzy heights of Number One, Wilko and his trusty Telecaster parted company with Dr Feelgood.

When Wilko left, rather than go for an established well known guitarist the Feelgoods went by the recommendation of George Hatcher and contacted John Cawthra in 1977 Lee gave him the nickname "Gypie. And found in John Gypie Mayo not only a new partner in crime but another person to help write the songs. He did so in style co-writing the song every Feelgood fan can name after a couple of bars - "Milk & Alcohol". He also contributed to others such as "She's a windup", "Take a tip", "Every kind of vice" etc. His Gibson 335 could be witnessed to good effect on the bluesy "Shotgun Blues".
Paul Du Noyer wrote in the NME that "the guitar of John Mayo sounds the way Lee Brilleaux looks; sharp, frenetic, straining at the invisible leash that tethers it just the right side of HM overkill". He went on to describe the Mayo/Brilleaux partnership as " wired-up, short-fused" but "counterbalanced by the steadier, solid and sturdy Sparks and Figure, the rhythm section men who anchor the band".
Gypie admitted to never seeing the Feelgoods live so the burden of replacing Wilko was not as heavy as people imagined.. He claimed that he was a "more versatile player" having played mandolin in folk clubs but also was "just as much a rock and roller as Wilko".
Gypie served the band well but eventually had to hand in his notice and so in 1981 a new search began.

"Enthusiastic guitarist wanted for established R&B band" was spotted in the advert section of Melody Maker The ad caught the eye of many a guitarist across the breadth of good old Blighty. These included the eyes of a Gordon Russell and Johnny Guitar who was a fellow R&B merchant treading the boards with the Count Bishops . In June 1981 Johnny Guitar was enlisted and prior to the Autumn UK tour a new single was released "Waiting for a Saturday Night". The line-up suffered when Sparko and Figure left in 1982 - gigs were lean as was recording opportunities so in Spring 1983 Lee started afresh with a new gang.

Gordon Russell fresh from his travels with Geno Washington joined this new look Feelgood in 1983 with Lee, Phil Mitchell and for a short period Buzz Barwell before Kevin Morris took over on drums. Gordon brought to the band youth (same age as me so I've got to say that!) and some great new songs such as "She's in the middle" where often Gordon would be walking off the stage into the audience with hapless roadie trying to ensure guitar lead does not become trapped or disconnected from the amplifier (I know. I've been there!). Gordon was also proud to have been part of the Mad Man Blues sessions.

When Gordon parted from the Feelgoods in 1989 Lee knew who to ask and a phone call to Steve Walwyn who had supported the Feelgoods whilst in The DT's meant the band did not have to go too long without a guitarist. Once again Lee suggested a new nickname "Whirlwind". Steve also brought his song writing to the forefront particularly "Instinct to Survive" and his guitar playing just shines on "Mad Man Blues" and what is now the "Canvey Island Anthem" the Will Birch song "Down by the Jetty Blues". Every time he plays it, he seems to do the impossible and play it better each time, turning a brilliant song into more brilliant and then the next gig even more brilliant! This guitarist could demand the highest transfer fee if Dr Feelgood were a football team. He uses three guitars onstage - slide guitar being an ESP Stratocaster and two Telecasters (1990 and 1966 the same year that England's football team won the World Cup).

Today's Feelgoods include the longest serving guitarist Steve Walwyn (13 years), the longest serving bass player Phil Mitchell and longest serving drummer Kevin Morris (19 years), longest serving bass player Phil Mitchell who joined in 1983 but had a few years out, and on vocals and harmonica Robert Kane.

A new album is being planned for release in 2003.

Source: Official Dr Feelgood Newsletter - FEELIN' GOOD Issue 29 / October 2002
Published with friendly permission by editor John Butterfield.

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Grand Records official DR FEELGOOD Biography (April 1998)

After twenty five years as Britain's finest purveyor of Rhythm and Blues, the current line-up is led by their drummer of fifteen years Kevin Morris and features Steve Walwyn on lead guitar, P.H. Mitchell on bass and front man Pete Gage.
Dr Feelgood was formed in the mid seventies on Canvey Island, Essex. Their style is raw and uncompromising which was a refreshing alternative to the over blown rock scene of the period. Today the band tours the world constantly and are still revered and much loved live attraction with a world-wide fan base, a site on the internet, and their own record label - Grand Records.
The live album Stupidity entered the UK album charts at no. 1 and they have had a string of hit singles including She's a Wind Up, Down at the Doctors, See You Later Alligator and Milk & Alcohol.
Their last studio album with Lee Brilleaux - The Feelgood Factor - received critical acclaim including being made record of the week by Tony Parsons in The Daily Telegraph. The group's live album Down at the Doctors was recorded in front of a home crowd shortly before Lee died in April 1994. After the sad loss of Lee Brilleaux and a respectful two years layoff, the band recorded the first album to feature Pete Gage - On The Road Again - a fitting title for a band who played 150 shows last year.
1997 being the twenty fifth anniversary of Dr Feelgood saw the release of a double CD entitled TWENTY FIVE YEARS OF DR FEELGOOD and the publishing of a book called DOWN BY THE JETTY - the story of Dr Feelgood written by Tony Moon and published by Northdown Publishing Ltd.
In 1998 as well as tours of Greece, Italy, Holland, Belgium, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain and France the band will be joining with Nine Below Zero for some of the dates on their UK tour in November and December.
The group's live show features all their hit records and many more from their nineteen albums.

APRIL 1998 - GRAND RECORDS

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Grand Records offizielle DR FEELGOOD Biografie (April 1998)

Seit 25 Jahren gehören sie zur Spitze der Lieferanten des Britischen Rhythm'n'Blues. Die gegenwärtige Besetzung besteht aus Gitarrist Steve Walwyn, Bassist P.H. Mitchell, Frontmann Pete Gage und wird angeführt von Kevin Morris, seit 15 Jahren Schlagzeuger der Band.
Dr Feelgood wurden in den Mitt-Siebzigern auf Canvey Island in Essex gegründet. Ihr Stil ist rauh und kompromißlos, eine erfrischendende Alternative zur pompösen Rock-Szene jener Zeit. Bis heute ist die Band weltweit auf Tour und ist weiterhin eine begehrte und beliebte Live Attraktion mit einer treuen (ständig wachsenden) internationalen Anhängerschaft, einer Internet Website und ihrer eigenen Plattenfirma - Grand Records.
Dem Live Album Stupidity - Nr. 1 in den UK Album Charts - folgten eine Reihe von Hit Singles wie She's a Wind Up, Down at the Doctors, See You Later Alligator und Milk & Alcohol.
Das letzte Studio Album mit Lee Brilleaux - The Feelgood Factor - erhielt beste Kritiken, u.a. erkor es Tony Parsons zum Album der Woche im Daily Telegraph. Kurz bevor Lee Brilleaux im April 1994 verstarb, wurde das Livealbum Down at the Doctors in Front von heimischem Publikum aufgenommen. Nach dem bedauernswerten Verlust von Lee Brilleaux verstrichen 2 Jahre respektvoller Trauer, in der Dr Feelgood pausierten, bevor sich die verbliebenen Musiker mit dem Sänger und Harmonikaspieler Pete Gage zusammentaten, um ein neues Album aufzunehmen - On The Road Again. Ein passender Titel für das Album einer Band, die im darauf folgenden Jahr 150 Konzerte gab.
1997 feierten Dr Feelgood 25 jähriges Jubiläum mit der Veroeffentlichung der Doppel-CD TWENTY FIVE YEARS OF DR FEELGOOD und dem Erscheinen des Buches DOWN BY THE JETTY - The Story of Dr Feelgood, verfaßt von Tony Moon für Northdown Publishing Ltd.
1998 tour(t)en Dr Feelgood in Griechenland, Italien, Holland, Belgien, Finnland, Norwegen, Schweden, Dänemark, der Schweiz, Portugal, Spanien und Frankreich. Im November und Dezember werden einige Konzerte der UK Tour zusammen mit Nine Below Zero stattfinden.
Das Live Repertoire beinhaltet alle Hits, sowie viele andere Songs aus dem reichen Inhalt ihrer bisher 19 Alben.

APRIL 1998 - GRAND RECORDS

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The Rough Guide to Rock Music: DR FEELGOOD Biography

Formed Canvey Island, England, 1971.
A powerful live attraction for over two decades, Dr. Feelgood was one of a handful of bands to thrive in both the British blues boom and the age of punk. And deservedly so. Even today, playing low-key gigs, and without their late-lamented singer Lee Brilleaux, they can still kick up a storm.
The Feelgoods were formed by teenage R&B fan Lee Brilleaux and guitarist Wilko Johnson (aka John Wilkinson), after the former saw the latter performing in a jug band, and the pair were joined by John B. Sparks (bass) and drummer John Martin, the quasi-legendary Big Figure. Taking their name from an old B-side by Johnny Kidd & The Pirates, they started out on what was to become the London pub-rock circuit, playing covers of Chuck Berry, Sonny Boy Williamson and Elmore James. They also periodically backed Heinz, formerly of The Tornados. It was during these early gigs that recurrent bouts of violence among the teddy boy crowd con-vinced the band to transfer their allegiance from classic rock'n'roll to Brilleaux's and Sparks's preferred R&B.
It was not until three years into their career, however, that they finally gave up their day jobs and went pro. Although their first two LPs, Down By The Jetty and Malpractice (both 1975) sold respect- ably, it was their third album, the live Stupidity (1976), which broke the band. A UK #1 album, it perfectly captured the sweaty anarchy of their shows and the stripped-down 'in yer face' R&B which would inspire up-and-coming punk bands such as The Boomtown Rats and The Clash. The band's 'non-fashion' statement - all short hair, sober jackets and no flares - made an impression, as did Wilko's combined rhythm and lead guitar style, borrowed unashamedly from Johnny Kidd's guitarist Mick Green. Despite the hard-earned success, all was not well in the Feelgood camp. Following disagreements during 1977 sessions for Sneakin' Suspicion, their fourth album, the band acrimoniously parted company with Wilko. In lesser bands, the sacking of your only hit-maker and main visual attraction would be seen as suicidal. Not so with Dr. Feelgood.
Recruiting guitarist Gypie Mayo (aka John Cawthra) as Johnson's replacement, Brilleaux grasped the opportunity to change the band's sound, giving it a more polished, commercial edge. The public's reponse quietened any fears Brilleaux might have had their next single, "Milk And Alcohol" (1979), produced by Nick Lowe, hit the UK Top 10, and remains possibly the best known Feelgood track. Although Dr. Feelgood were never to better this singles chart success, they were able to command huge live audiences through the 70s and 80s, regardless of fickle fashions. One of the UK's hardest working bands, they would clock up around 250 gigs a year as well as churn out albums. In 1979, they excelled themselves and released both As It Happens and Let It Roll. The constant gigging was to claim its victims, though. In 1980, Gypie Mayo retired from the band, an event followed by the wittily entitled A Case Of The Shakes (again produced by Nick Lowe). Fellow founder members The Big Figure and Sparko were not far behind him, citing road fatigue as their decision to quit in 1982.
Undeterred, Brilleaux soldiered on under the Feelgood banner, recruiting Johnny Guitar, Gordon Russell and finally Steve Walwyn into the guitarist's position. The replacement rhythm section of Phil Mitchell (bass) and Kevin Morris (drums) was the one Brilleaux would use right up until the end of his life. [Note by Gabi: This it not all right, it was Dave Bronze who played bass the last few years with Brilleaux. Phil returned after Lee's death] Showcasing the new line-up with Doctor's Orders in 1984, Brilleaux went on to cement his leadership with Brilleaux (1986), released on the Stiff label, which he had helped found a decade earlier. Bucking the prevailing singer-songwriter trend, this triumphant return to form relied heavily on material by other artists such as John Hiatt and, more curiously, Johnny Cash. Carrying on the Feelgood tradition of extensive gigging into the 90s, the band released one of their greatest live albums, Live In London, in 1990. With Brilleaux's gutsy vocals to the fore, the band ably demonstrated that they had lost none of their fire with their mix of Johnson compositions and tasteful choice of covers, ranging from material by B. B. King to Bill Haley.
Brilleaux, the heart and soul of Dr. Feelgood for over two decades, died of cancer in April 1994, aged 41. Shortly before his death, Lee recorded his swansong - an emotive live set recorded at the Dr. Feelgood Music Bar in Southend, proving that, even to the end, he had lost none of his star quality.
While Brilleaux's death would have seemed an appropriate point to close the Dr. Feelgood story, the band decided to recruit new singer Pete Gage and continue the name. To add to the confusion, former Feelgoods Gypie Mayo, Sparko and the Big Figure have also been performing the band's back catalogue as The Practice, sometimes being billed as 'Dr. Feelgood's Practice'. Let's hope that neither band sinks into the kind of mediocre pub rock which Brilleaux's star qualities had for so long held them well above.

Stupidity (1976; EMI). Live recordings capturing a particularly raw version of the band before Nick Lowe and modern recording techniques got to work.

Live In London (1990; Grand Records). An energetic mean mutha of a live album, containing ballsy versions of all the hits from "She Does It Right" through to "Milk And Alcohol" and "Down At The Doctor's", plus some rockin' covers by the likes of John Lee Hooker.

Down At The Doctor's (1995; Grand Records). Recorded three months before Lee died, this is an emotional and gutsy rendition of old and new favourites.

By Paul Morris. Rough Guide to Rock

(Source: The Rough Guide to Rock. First edition published Aug 96 / Nov 96 (USA). Distributed by Penguin)

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Blackmail Mail Order shop: DR FEELGOOD Biography

Dr. Feelgood are a band that sprung from the pub rock era, and yet survived right through the punk rock era, largely due to the freneticism of their material, whether live or on record. Lee Brilleaux (vocals), Wilko Johnson (guitar), John B. Sparks (bass), and the Big Figure (drums) started out in Canvey Island in 1971 playing covers of the likes of Chuck Berry, Sonny Boy Williamson and Elmore James. Establishing an ever-increasing following with both the covers and their own r'n'b-styled material, the band were signed to United Artists and in issued their classic debut album "Down By The Jetty" in 1975, a period, generally, of great musical torpor. It sold well and was swiftly followed by "Malpractice", and in 1976 by the fantastic live album "Stupidity" which reached number one in the UK album chart, just as punk arrived to emulate the Feelgoods' raw energy.
Despite some line-up changes, the band continued to make albums of quality and play rivetting live gigs until, after a period of ill-health, Lee Brilleaux died in April 1994, but his band still continues to this day.

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All Music Guide: Dr Feelgood Biography

Active Decades: '70s, '80s and '90s

Formed in 1971
Disbanded in 1994
Genre - Rock
Styles - Rock & Roll, Pub Rock

Dr. Feelgood was the ultimate working band. From their formation in 1971 to lead vocalist Lee Brilleaux's untimely death in 1994, the band never left the road, playing hundreds of gigs every year. Throughout their entire career, Dr. Feelgood never left simple, hard-driving rock & roll behind, and their devotion to the blues and R&B earned them a devoted fan base. That following first emerged in the mid-'70s, when Dr. Feelgood became the leader of the second wave of pub-rockers. Unlike Brinsley Schwarz, the laidback leaders of the pub-rock scene, Dr. Feelgood was devoted to edgy, Stonesy rock & roll, and their sweaty live shows -- powered by Brilleaux's intense singing and guitarist Wilko Johnson's muscular leads -- became legendary. While the group's stripped-down, energetic sound paved the way for English punk rock in the late '70s, their back-to-basics style was overshadowed by the dominance of punk and new wave, and the group had retreated to cult status by the early '80s.

Brilleaux (vocals, harmonica), Johnson (guitar) and John B. Sparks (bass) had all played in several blues-based bar bands around Canvey Island, England before forming Dr. Feelgood in 1971. Taking their name from a Johnny Kidd & the Pirates song, the group was dedicated to playing old-fashioned R&B and rock & roll, including both covers and originals by Johnson. John Martin (drums), a former member of Finian's Rainbow, was added to the lineup, and the group began playing the pub-rock circuit. By the end of 1973, Dr. Feelgood's dynamic live act had made them the most popular group on the pub-rock circuit, and several labels were interested in signing them. They settled for United Artists, and they released their debut album, Down by the Jetty, in 1974.

According to legend, Down By the Jetty was recorded in mono and consisted almost entirely of first takes. While it was in fact recorded in stereo, the rumor added significantly to Dr. Feelgood's purist image, and the album became a cult hit. The following year, the group released Malpractice -- also their first U.S. release -- which climbed into the U.K. Top 20 on the strength of the band's live performances and positive reviews. In 1976, the band released the live album Stupidity, which became a smash hit in Britain, topping the album charts. Despite its thriving British success, Dr. Feelgood was unable to find an audience in the States. One other American album, Sneakin' Suspicion, followed in 1977 before the band gave up on the States; they never released another record in the U.S.

Sneakin' Suspicion didn't replicate the success of Stupidity, partially because of its slick production, but mainly because the flourishing punk rock movement overshadowed Dr. Feelgood's edgy roots-rock. Wilko Johnson left the band at the end of 1977 to form the Solid Senders; he later joined Ian Dury's Blockheads. Henry McCullough played on Feelgood's '77 tour before John "Gypie" Mayo became the group's full-time lead guitarist. Nick Lowe produced 1978's Be Seeing You, Mayo's full-length debut with Dr. Feelgood. The album generated the 1979 Top Ten hit "Milk and Alcohol," as well as the Top 40 hit "As Long As The Price Is Right." Two albums, As It Happens and Let It Roll, followed in 1979, and Mayo left the band in 1980. He was replaced by Johnny Guitar in 1980, who debuted on A Case of the Shakes, which was also produced by Nick Lowe.

During their first decade together, Dr. Feelgood never left the road, which was part of the reason founding members John Martin and John Sparks left the band in 1982. Lee Brilleaux replaced them with Buzz Barwell and Pat McMullen, and continued touring. Throughout the '80s, Brilleaux continued to lead various incarnations of Dr. Feelgood, settling on the rhythm section of bassist Phil Mitchell and drummer Kevin Morris in the mid-'80s. The band occasionally made records -- including Brilleaux, one of the last albums on Stiff Records, in 1976 -- but concentrated primarily on live performances. Dr. Feelgood continued to perform to large audiences into the early '90s, when Brilleaux was struck by cancer. He died in April of 1994, three months after he recorded the band's final album, Down at the Doctor's. The remaining members of Dr. Feelgood hired vocalist Pete Gage and continued to tour under the band's name. Former Feelgoods Gypie Mayo, John Sparks and John Martin formed the Practice in the mid-'80s, and they occasionally performed under the name Dr. Feelgood's Practice.

Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All-Music Guide

(Source: http://store.ubl.com/Biography.asp?p_id=P+++++4127)

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Yahoo! Music: Dr Feelgood Biography

The most enduring act to emerge from the much touted 'pub rock' scene, Dr. Feelgood was formed in 1971. The original line-up included Lee Brilleaux (b. 1953, d. 7 April 1994; vocals/harmonica), Wilko Johnson (b. John Wilkinson, 1947; guitar), John B. Sparks (b. 1953; bass), John Potter (piano) and 'Bandsman' Howarth (drums). When the latter pair dropped out, the remaining trio recruited a permanent drummer in John 'The Big Figure' Martin. Initially based in Canvey Island, Essex, on the Thames estuary, Dr. Feelgood broke into the London circuit in 1974. Brilleaux's menacing personality complemented Johnson's propulsive, jerky stage manner, while the guitarist's staccato style, modelled on Mick Green of the Pirates, emphasized the group's idiosyncratic brand of rhythm and blues. Their debut album, Down By The Jetty, was released in 1974, but despite critical approbation, it was not until the following year that the quartet secured due commercial success with Stupidity. Recorded live in concert, this raw, compulsive set topped the UK charts and the group's status seemed assured. However, internal friction led to Johnson's departure during sessions for a projected fourth album and although his replacement, John 'Gypie' Mayo, was an accomplished guitarist, he lacked the striking visual image of his predecessor. Dr. Feelgood then embarked on a more mainstream direction which was only intermittently successful. 'Milk And Alcohol' (1978) gave them their sole UK Top 10 hit, but they now seemed curiously anachronistic in the face of the punk upheaval. In 1981 Johnny Guitar replaced Mayo, while the following year both Sparks and the Big Figure decided to leave the line-up. Brilleaux meanwhile continued undeterred, and while Dr. Feelgood could claim a loyal audience, it was an increasingly small one. However, they remained a popular live attraction in the USA where their records also achieved commercial success. In 1993 Brilleaux was diagnosed as having lymphoma and, owing to the extensive treatment he was receiving, had to break the band's often-inexorable touring schedule for the first time in over 20 years. He died the following year.

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