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‘American Idol’ singer Bo Bice joins up with Blood Sweat & Tears

Blood, Sweat & Tears has been around for more than 40 years and has had more than 40 members.

The original group formed as a jazz-rock fusion act in 1967 and was together for less than a year. The current lineup of the Grammy Award winning group includes Carl Fischer (trumpet), Jon Ossman (bass), Joel Rosenblatt (drums), Glenn McClelland (keyboards and piano), Ken Gioffre (saxophone) and Dave Gellis (guitar). The newest member of the group was added in October, when Bo Bice joined as lead singer. Bice was the runner-up on the fourth season of “American Idol.”

The addition is part of keeping the band moving forward and adding a new generation of fans, according to the band’s website.

“It’s been more than four decades since drummer/producer Bobby Colomby and friends assembled the first group to successfully blend rock and jazz into a genre-crossing sound and style,” according to the site. “So successfully, in fact, that the band’s second album, ‘Blood, Sweat & Tears,’ topped the Billboard charts, beat out the Beatles’ ‘Abbey Road’ for Grammy Album of the Year, and produced three major hit singles ‘You Made Me So Very Happy,’ ‘Spinning Wheel,’ ‘And When I Die.’

“I no longer want to target just one generation,” Colomby, who left the band in 1977, said on the site. “That would be a mistake. With this updated version, I want to gain a wider audience. I want people, of all ages, to come and say, ‘I have to bring more friends here; they’ve got to see this band.’”

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Jan 16, 2014 02:10PM Published Jan 17, 2014 08:18PM Copyright 2014 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.