Mike Patto and Ollie Halsall. You must have heard the names before.
The Patto records were some of the most unique platters of the time, and still actually, featuring a special brand pop and prog, jazz and blues, held together by Mike Patto's soulful wail and Ollie Halsall stunning guitar playing. "Hold Your Fire" remains one of my favorite records. Seek it out if you've never heard it.
Then there was Boxer, probably most famous for the album cover.
Ollie was also a Rutle.
But before all of this was Timebox, a band that existed for less than three years, but managed to put out a number of singles for Piccadilly and Deram. You might be familiar with "Gone Is The Sad Man," which can be found on a number of psychedelic compilations, including "Nuggets II." I've only recently dug deeper and I can't get out. To borrow a phrase from my friend Joe, "I have a crush on the song Gone Is The Sad Man."
The Deram Anthology, if you can find it, has just about everything Timebox has recorded, with many tracks heretofore unreleased. Every track is fantastic!