Bobby Tench’s career spans forty five years as an internationally respected vocalist, guitarist and sideman who has recorded and toured on both sides of the Atlantic. He is best known for his work with Jeff Beck, Hummingbird, Freddie King, Van Morrison, Humble Pie and Streetwalkers.
He started his career as a founder member of The Gass, who appeared reguarly on the London and U.K club scene, often jamming with other including Eric Burdon and Jimi Hendrix. The band recorded singles for CBS and Parlophone before being signed to Polydor, by now know simply as Gass and recording the album Juju (also released as Gass in the same year), which featured Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green. Gass also featured on the original cast recording for Jack Good’s Catch My Soul and eventually morphed into Gonzalez with a percussive drive and latin influences.
After leaving Gass and the evolving Gonzalez he joined the Jeff Beck Group and recorded two albums including Rough and Ready, as well as touring with them. Jeff Beck also included him in a later touring line-up, with bassist Tim Bogert and drummer Carmine Appice formerly of Vanilla Fudge. He recorded sessions with Ginger Baker credited as Bobby Gass, alongside Afro-rock pioneer Fela Ransome Kuti. During this period he recorded with Freddie King and Wailer Junior Marvin's band Hanson, also contributing to Linda Lewis's acclaimed album Fathoms Deep.
He signed to A&M Records and formed Hummingbird, with bassist Clive Chaman and keyboard player Max Middleton from the Jeff Beck Group. Atlantic Records session drummer Bernard Purdie joined the band for the last two albums. During this period Tench also appeared with Roger Chapman and Charlie Whitney before more touring and the recording of three studio albums with Streetwalkers, including the much respected Red Card album.
Once his commitment to Streetwalkers was concluded, associations with Luther Grosvenor's Widowmaker and Mike Patto's Boxer preceded his involvement with the production for Van Morrison’s Wavelength album. This was Morrison’s best selling album at that time and he was also featured as a member of the Van Morrison Band. During this period he recorded with Eric Burdon also Axis Point, before Steve Marriott included him as a member of Humble Pie and he recorded two albums as well as touring with them.
Associations and collaborations followed, including recording with Topper Headon, Alan Price, Ruby Turner, Roger Chapman and the reformed Humble Pie. He also played at live performances with these acts and others. Recent live appearances with his band are a continuing testimony to his reputation as an accomplished and versatile musician, with a creativity which is still as potent today.