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STRIDER was a mid seventies Hard Rock band founded upon the nucleus of guitarist Gary Grainger and bassist Lee Strzelczyk. The February 1973 debut album 'Exposed', produced by Jimmy Horowitz, featured ex-SAMSON man Ian Kewley on lead vocals and keyboards with Jim Hawkins on session drums. Stylewise the band pursued a hard R&B stance with guitars well upfront and 'Exposed' featured two covers, JACKIE WILSON's ''Higher And Higher' and THE TEMPTATIONS 'Get Ready'. That same year STRIDER appeared at the 'Reading' festival, where their rensition of 'Roadrunner' was subsequently included on the 'Reading '73' album. Kewley departed, later appearing as part of LIMEY, CHICKENSHACK and guesting on DAVE GILMOUR's 1984 solo album 'About Face'). His position was taken by ex SECONDHAND singer Rob Elliott.

Drums on the 1974 Damon Lyon-Shaw produced 'Misunderstood' record, recorded at ICB Studios in London, were courtesy of former SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION man Tony Brock, later of THE BABYS, with BABE RUTH's Jenny Haan on guest backing vocals. Touring the UK to promote this release STRIDER acted as nationwide support to THE FACES.

Upon STRIDER's demise Strzelczyk went onto FLICKS. Following Brock's stint with THE BABYS he would work with Australian superstar JIMMY BARNES. Grainger clocked up credits with ROD STEWART, ROGER DALTREY and JOHN ENTWISTLE.

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