John Lennon said “I don’t like the Blood, Sweat & Tears sht. I think all that is bullsht. Rock ‘n’ roll is going like jazz, as far as I can see, and the bullsh*tters are going off into that excellentness which I never believed in and others going off … I consider myself in the avant-garde of rock ‘n’ roll.
It’s interesting how John was so opposed to a band that took inspiration from the Fab Four (compare the section of the horn Blood, Sweat & Tears with the section of the horn on the Beatles, “Got to Get You Into My Life”). In an interview with Rolling Stone, the band’s founder, Al Kooper, listed a number of influences, including the Beatles.
In 1970, reports that Blood, Sweat & Tears’ self-titled album beat Abbey Road for the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. It’s unknown if the band’s win factored into John’s assessment of them.