Steve Gibbons joined the Dominettes in 1960. The group included many R&B numbers into their set and this style of music suited Gibbons’ gritty vocals.
By 1963, The Dominettes were re-named The Uglys. The Uglys secured a recording contract with Pye Records and the first release from the group in 1965 was an original song entitled “Wake Up My Mind”, composed by Burnet, Holden and Gibbons. A second Uglys single released the same year was “It’s Alright”. Other Uglys singles were released between 1965 and 1967 including a cover version of “End Of The Season”, a song composed by Ray Davies.
By the end of 1968, Gibbons was the only remaining original member of The Uglys. This final line-up also included Will Hammond, Dave Morgan, Keith Smart, and Richard Tandy. They recorded a projected single “I’ve Seen The Light” which was never released.
Gibbons teamed up with guitarist Trevor Burton from The Move in 1969 and by April of that year they had formed a new group called Balls along with singer/guitarist Denny Laine (formerly of the Moody Blues), and Uglys drummer Keith Smart. Gibbons left the band in February 1971. After the breakup of Balls, Gibbons returned to Birmingham from London to join The Idle Race for three months in 1971. This band rapidly evolved into the Steve Gibbons Band.
His new band worked the pub and club circuits until 1975 when they were spotted by Peter Meaden, former manager of The Who. This led to the Steve Gibbons Band joining The Who’s management stable and recording their first Polydor album Any Road Up in 1975. This was followed in 1976 by a tour with The Who in the UK, Europe and the United States. Playing the concert arenas, they shared the stage with Little Feat, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Electric Light Orchestra, The J. Geils Band and Nils Lofgren. Their next album, ‘Rollin’ On’ included their biggest hit single, “Tulane”. They eventually made three more albums with Polydor.
In 1981, after a change in personnel, The Steve Gibbons Band recorded Saints & Sinners for RCA and later responded to an invitation from the German Democratic Republic to become the first western rock band to tour the major cities of East Germany in 1982. Gibbons played at the Birmingham Heart Beat Charity Concert 1986 which featured George Harrison. Nine more albums were released in the 1980s and 1990s, and the touring continued.
The Dylan Project was a trio Gibbons formed at the end of the 1990s, innovatively using fretless bass, guitars, accordion and piano to perform classic Dylan songs as well as Gibbons’ own material. As of 2014 Gibbons continues to tour with his band, as well as the Dylan Project and Solo work