A genre-defying band, Blood, Sweat and Tears got their start as a jazz-rock fusion experiment and charted numerous hits in the '60s and '70s, including such FM radio staples as "You've Made Me So Very Happy," "Spinning Wheel" and "Lucretia MacEvil." A Blood, Sweat and Tears show draws on an extensive back catalog of three gold albums and one multi-platinum album, among more than a dozen records.
While evolving through five decades as a multi-instrumental band, Blood, Sweat and Tears have seen numerous lineup changes. Since 2014, the touring band's lead vocalist has been Bo Bice, best-known as the runner up on season four of American Idol.
Blood, Sweat and Tears' background
Blood, Sweat and Tears came together in New York City in 1967 as the concept of keyboardist/singer/arranger Al Kooper, who wanted to bring electric rock together with jazz and a big-band horn section. The early incarnation of the band offered a creative and eclectic blend of jazz, soul, R&B and psychedelia. They released their debut album Child Is Father to the Man in 1968. Kooper departed the lineup after the album's release, but the remaining members expanded the band by recruiting a new lead singer: David Clayton-Thomas.
Blood, Sweat and Tears' biggest hits
The new incarnation of the band released Blood, Sweat & Tears in 1968. Its smooth, melodic, less jazz-centric sound proved a hit, with the album topping the charts and winning a Grammy Award for Album of the Year. The single "You've Made Me So Very Happy" peaked at No. 2, and the songs "Spinning Wheel," "More and More" and "When I Die" were also hits. The following year, Blood, Sweat and Tears would go down in rock history with their appearance at Woodstock.
The band's third album, Blood, Sweat & Tears 3, continued their series of triumphs by topping the album charts and later going gold. This album also produced singles chart successes with the Carole King cover "Hi-De-Ho" and original track "Lucretia MacEvil." Blood, Sweat and Tears' fourth album, 1971's BS&T 4, also went gold, as did their greatest-hits compilation.
Their 1975 album New City featured covers of the Beatles' "Got to Get You Into My Life," the Blues Image's "Ride Captain Ride" and Janis Ian's "Applause."