After stints in Amen Corner and FairweatherBlue joined the band in 1971 after the departure of Rick Wakeman, in time to record "Benedictus" and the masterful Grave New World. No stranger to pop success in his earlier career, it all happened again as Strawbs climbed the charts with "Lay Down", "Part Of The Union" and the album Bursting At The Seams.
However, after the carnage of the Strawbs break up in 1973, Blue found himself in neither camp - however, he was fortunate to join the Bee Gees band before they recorded their hit album Saturday Night Fever - pop stardom again.
He rejoined Strawbs when they reformed for the Rick Wakeman Gas Tank show and following appearances at Cambridge Folk Festival, in 1983 and was still around in 1984, but not long after, Chris Parren replaced him as Strawbs' regular keyboard player. Blue next played with the band in 1993 for the tour with Lindisfarne, and was of course reunited with his Bursting At The Seams colleagues for Chiswick and the three electric tours which followed (though he was unable to play all the dates in 2001 owing to personal issues, with Adam Wakeman stepping in).
Blue was involved in both 2009's 40th anniversary and 2019's 50th anniversary celebrations, particularly with the whole performance of Grave New World, and in 2020 has collaborated with Dave Cousins in producing the new album Settlement, recorded entirely remotely, and weaved together under Blue's practised hand.
See also Amen Corner/Fairweather
Full album details and more album cover pictures on Album details page.
See Blue's website "Saturday Night Weaver" at www.blueweaver.com