Formed 1967. Disbanded 1994.

English rock band



Traffic was an English rock band whose members came from the West Midlands. The group formed in April 1967 by Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood and Dave Mason. They began as a psychedelic rock group whose early singles were influenced by The Beatles,[citation needed] and diversified their sound through the use of instruments such as keyboards like the Mellotron and harpsichord, sitar, and various reed instruments, and by incorporating jazz and improvisational techniques in their music. Their first three singles were "Paper Sun", "Hole in My Shoe", and "Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush".

After disbanding in 1969, during which time Winwood joined Blind Faith, Traffic reunited in 1970 to release the critically acclaimed album John Barleycorn Must Die. The band's line-up varied from this point until they disbanded again in 1975. A partial reunion, with Winwood and Capaldi, took place in 1994.

In 2004, Traffic was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of John Barleycorn Must Die (Deluxe Edition)

    John Barleycorn Must Die (Deluxe Edition) 2011

    Reviewed by Sean Egan
    Traffic’s 1970 comeback might contain great highs, but it lacks focus.
  2. Review of Welcome To The Canteen

    Welcome To The Canteen

    Reviewed by Greg Boraman's almost impossible not to visualise the hippie-stoner audience trying to get up...
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