About Dr. Feelgood
The band’s name derives from a slang term for heroin or for a doctor who is willing to overprescribe drugs. Hailing from Canvey Island, Essex, they are best known for early singles like “Back in the Night” and “Roxette”. Although their most commercially productive years were the early to mid 1970s, they continue to tour and record to this day.
The group’s original distinctively British R&B sound was centred on Wilko Johnson’s choppy guitar style. Along with Johnson, the original band line-up included singer Lee Brilleaux and the rhythm section of John B. Sparks, known as “Sparko”, on bass guitar and John Martin, known as “The Big Figure”, on drums.
Like many pub rock acts, Dr. Feelgood were known primarily for their high energy live performances, although studio albums like Down by the Jetty (1974) and Malpractice (1975) were also popular. Their breakthrough 1976 live album, Stupidity, reached number one in the UK Albums Chart.
The band continue to tour and every year have a concert called the Lee Brilleaux memorial, a charity concert which celebrates the late former member who died in 1994. It is held every year in May in the birthplace of the band Canvey Island and is always a sell out with fans from all over the world attending.