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Brussels quintet Bismarck had their first vinyl exposure released in 1970. “Shotgun Express” was a powerful effort that set their name as “Brussels Blue Cheer”. The b-side was a more radio-friendly Chuck Berry song: “Browneyed Handsome Man”. This record was also released in a few country’s around Europe .
bismarck 1970
Their search for radio/jukebox-airplay was continued on the following two singles; “Tell Me Why” even was a ballad with flute on it.
Their live outings were much more impressive, so they were asked to play the big Bilzen rock & jazz festival in august 1970.(along with Black Sabbath and The Kinks).
Another big one, the “Ghent festival” on November 28,1970 also had Bismarck on the bill (with Stray headlining).
cpt bismarck 1970 In 1971 the band had dispensed with their original moniker, adding “Cpt” to it, to avoid confusion with another Bismarck (probably the Dutch band who released the “drive on driver / travelin’ man” single).