Alex Harvey, surrounded himself with some of the most talented musicians that the UK had to offer. Many of them were making fortunes playing in other bands and then played with him for peanuts or even nothing.
Jaques Brel was one of France's finest Beat Poets. Think, black roll necked sweater and steamy Parisian Night Clubs, that's where I saw him anyway, jamming with the Club's Jazz/Rock Band. Up there with Bob Dylan at least. I reckon that he sounded better when you couldn't understand what he was saying.