Sunday, 7 February 2016
Set Me Free/Take Me Home
Chariot came to be out of a reformed Kahvas Jute after Wilson and Davidson returned from the UK in May 1973. The group supported Bo Diddley on his second tour of Australia in October. In March 1974, Peter Roberts (ex-Band of Light) replaced Maxey on bass guitar but the group was renamed Chariot in May. The band toured constantly for four years, becoming a well-known act nationally, during which time Dennis furthered his reputation as one of Australia's foremost electric guitarists.Davidson left to join Band of Light and was replaced by Steve Webb on drums. Meanwhile, Roberts switched to guitar and John Strangio joined on bass guitar. The group performed about 300 gigs a year but extensive line-up changes reduced their recording output to two singles, "I'll Keep on Loving You" (January 1976) and "Set Me Free" (December). With Wilson as the only mainstay, Chariot continued until December 1977. In December 1980, Wilson issued his debut solo album, Walking on Thin Ice.
(L~R) John Strangio (Bass/Vox), Dennis Wilson (Gtr/Vox) , Peter Roberts (Gtr/Vox), Steve Webb (Drums).