Tully ~ Tully
Tully formed in late 1968, after a large section of hardworking R’n’B show band Levi Smith’s Clefs broke away to focus on more adventurous material. By early ‘69 they’d become easily the most hyped band in the nation, feverishly acclaimed for their towering rock dynamics and extended flights of jazz-inspired improvisation.
Their 1970 self-titled debut album is one of Australia’s most forward-thinking and ambitious of the era. The album made it to number 6 in the charts, but within months of its release, Tully had changed into something almost unrecognisable. They merged with folk-psych sirens Extradition, lost singer Terry Wilson and drummer Taylor, and decided to continue on drummer-less. Their subsequent records, 1971 surf soundtrack Sea Of Joy and posthumous 1972 album Loving Is Hard were serene, solemn and impossibly beautiful, but without the incendiary power of their first incarnation, audiences deserted them in droves. By the end of 1971, Tully were no more.