Barclay James Harvest were founded in September 1966 by John Lees, Les Holroyd, Stuart "Wooly" Wolstenholme, and Mel Pritchard. They signed to Parlophone in 1968 for one single, which in turn led to a long term contract with the EMI as they signed with the legendary "Harvest" label. Gaining popularity throughout the early 70s with fans and critics, they signed to Polydor for the release of their 1974 album "Everyone Is Everybody Else". This started a run of UK top 40 albums, which peaked in 1976s "Octoberon" reaching number 19 in the UK. They played a free concert in 1980 in Berlin to over 250,000 people at the height of success, and continued as a trio until 1998. Since then, the 3 remaining members have splintered, but the 3 versions of Barclay James Harvest continue to tour around the world to large audiences.