Brian Auger

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Brian Auger
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Brian Auger and the Trinity 1970
Background information
Birth name Brian Albert Gordon Auger
Born (1939-07-18) 18 July 1939 (age 79)
Hammersmith, London, England
Genres Jazz fusion
Instruments Keyboards
Years active 1960s–present
Associated acts Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger and the Trinity, CAB, The Steampacket

Brian Albert Gordon Auger[1] (born 18 July 1939 in Hammersmith London)[2] is an English jazz and rock keyboardist, who has specialised in playing the Hammond organ.

A jazz pianist, bandleader, session musician and Hammond B3 player, Auger has played or toured with artists such as Rod Stewart, Tony Williams, Jimi Hendrix,[3] John McLaughlin, Sonny Boy Williamson, Led Zeppelin, Eric Burdon and others. He has incorporated jazz, early British pop, R&B, soul music and rock, and he has been nominated for a Grammy.


In 1965 Auger formed the group The Steampacket, along with Long John Baldry, Julie Driscoll, Vic Briggs and Rod Stewart. Due to contractual problems, the band did not release anything during its lifetime, and broke up shortly after Stewart left in 1966. In 1965, Auger played on For Your Love by The Yardbirds.

With Driscoll and the band, Trinity, he went on to record several hit singles, notably a cover version of David Ackles' "Road to Cairo" and Bob Dylan's "This Wheel's on Fire", which was featured on Dylan Covered. In 1969 Auger, Driscoll and Trinity appeared performing in the United States on the nationally telecast 33⅓ Revolutions Per Monkee.

In 1970 he formed Brian Auger's Oblivion Express, shortly after abandoning the abortive "Wassenaar Arrangement" jazz-fusion commune in a small suburb of The Hague. Oblivion Express served to cultivate several musicians, including future The Average White Band drummers Robbie McIntosh and Steve Ferrone, as well as guitarist Jim Mullen. Likewise, in 1971 he produced and appeared on Mogul Thrash's only album, Mogul Thrash. Two members of that band, Roger Ball and Malcolm Duncan, would go on to form the Average White Band.

In 1986, he played keyboards for the Italian singer Mango on the album Odissea.

In 1989, Auger was musical director for the thirteen-part film retrospective series Villa Fantastica, made for German TV. A live recording of the series, Super Jam (1990), features Auger on piano, Pete York on drums, Dick Morrissey on tenor saxophone, Roy Williams on trombone, Harvey Weston on bass guitar, and singers Zoot Money and Maria Muldaur.

Auger toured with blues rocker Eric Burdon in the early 1990s, and recorded the live album Access All Areas with him in 1993. After several projects, including albums with family members, he reformed Oblivion Express in the late 1990s, with a line-up that eventually featured both his son and daughter.

Oblivion Express was revived in 2005 with recording and subsequent touring. The group featured Brian Auger, his son Karma Auger on drums, his daughter Savannah Auger on vocals, and Derek Frank on bass.

In 2012, Auger released one of the few solo albums of his career, Language of the Heart, produced by Tea. It features Jeff "Skunk" Baxter and Julian Coryell on guitars.

Auger is currently recording with Latin Rock legends El Chicano and is featured on B3 Organ in several tracks from El Chicano's most recent studio album released in April 2014.

In 2014 Brian Auger and Oblivion Express played at the KJAZZ festival in Los Angeles and toured in Japan and Europe with the following line-up: son Karma Auger on drums, daughter Ali Auger on vocals, Alex Ligertwood on vocals, Yarone Levy on guitar, Les King on bass and Travis Carlton on bass.[4]


  • 1965 – Don't Send Me No FlowersSonny Boy Williamson
  • 1965 – Attention!
  • 1965–1969 – The Mod Years (Complete singles, B-sides, and rare tracks)
  • 1967 – Open (Trinity's first album)
  • 1968 – Definitely What
  • 1969 – Streetnoise (double album)
  • 1969/1970 – Befour (Last Brian Auger Trinity album)
  • 1970 – Oblivion Express (First Oblivion Express album)
  • 1971 – A Better Land (Oblivion Express)
  • 1972 – Second Wind (Oblivion Express)
  • 1973 – Closer To It (Oblivion Express)
  • 1974 – Straight Ahead (Oblivion Express)
  • 1975 – Live Oblivion Volume 1
  • 1975 – Live Oblivion Volume 2
  • 1975 – Reinforcements (Oblivion Express)
  • 1976 – Best of Brian Auger (double album)
  • 1977 – Happiness Heartaches (Oblivion Express)
  • 1978 – Encore[5] – Brian Auger & Julie Tippetts (Reunion album)
  • 1980 – Search Party
  • 1984 – Here and Now
  • 1987 – Keys to the Heart
  • 1990 – Super Jam
  • 1993 – Access All Areas: Live – Eric Burdon/Brian Auger Band (double album)
  • 1993 – Tony Williams: Live in Tokyo 1978
  • 1998 – Blue Groove – Karma Auger
  • 1999 – Voices of Other Times (Oblivion Express)
  • 2001 – Soft & Furry – Ali Auger
  • 2004 – Auger Rhythms: Brian Augers Musical History (The Trinity, Julie Driscoll, Oblivion Express)
  • 2005 – Looking In the Eye of the World (Oblivion Express)
  • 2005 – Live at the Baked Potato (Oblivion Express) Double CD
  • 2011 – Mod party (Trinity)
  • 2012 – Language of the Heart (Solo album)
  • 2015 - Back to the Beginning: The Brian Auger Anthology (Freestyle Records)


  • 1969 – 33⅓ Revolutions Per Monkee
  • 2005 – Brian Auger: Insights of the Keyboard Master (DVD)[6]
  • 2005 – Live at the Baked Potato (Oblivion Express) DVD

See also


Further reading

  • Encyclopedia of Pop, Rock and Soul by Irwin Stambler
  • Jazz-Rock Fusion: The People, the Music by Julie Coryell & Laura Friedman
  • The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll by Jon Pareles & Patricia Romanowski Bashe
  • Encyclopedia of Rock by Phil Hardy & Dave Laing
  • Urban Spacemen and Wayfaring Strangers: Overlooked Innovators and Eccentric Visionaries of 60s Rock by Richie Unterberger
  • Jimi Hendrix: The Man, the Magic, the Truth by Sharon Lawrence
  • Soul Picnic: The Music and Passion of Laura Nyro by Michele Kort
  • The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin
  • The Encyclopedia of Jazz in the Seventies by Leonard Feather & Ira Gitler
  • The New Musical Express Book of Rock, 1975, Star Books

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