ON THIS DAY… 15 JAN 1965
‘I Can’t Explain’ by The Who was released in the UK

Today saw the UK release of the iconic ‘I Can’t Explain’ - the first single by The Who, produced by Shel Talmy and engineered by the great Glyn Johns at Pye Studios in Marble Arch, London. Although I had been contracted in to play on this session I wasn’t really needed but I played on it somewhere in the background. What a privilege it was to be part of that pure adrenaline rush.
Pete played a blinder, you can hear a few of my phrases on the B-side ‘Bald Headed Woman’ on the fuzzbox.

AUDIO: I Can’t Explain (The Who)

ON THIS DAY… 15 JAN 1965

‘I Can’t Explain’ by The Who was released in the UK

Today saw the UK release of the iconic ‘I Can’t Explain’ - the first single by The Who, produced by Shel Talmy and engineered by the great Glyn Johns at Pye Studios in Marble Arch, London. Although I had been contracted in to play on this session I wasn’t really needed but I played on it somewhere in the background. What a privilege it was to be part of that pure adrenaline rush.

Pete played a blinder, you can hear a few of my phrases on the B-side ‘Bald Headed Woman’ on the fuzzbox.

AUDIO: I Can’t Explain (The Who)

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ON THIS DAY… 15 JAN 1965

‘I Can’t Explain’ by The Who was released in the UK

Today saw the UK release of the iconic ‘I Can’t Explain’ - the first single by The Who, produced by Shel Talmy and engineered by the great Glyn Johns at Pye Studios in Marble Arch, London. Although I had been contracted in to play on this session I wasn’t really needed but I played on it somewhere in the background. What a privilege it was to be part of that pure adrenaline rush.

Pete played a blinder, you can hear a few of my phrases on the B-side ‘Bald Headed Woman’ on the fuzzbox.

AUDIO: I Can’t Explain (The Who)

15 January 1965

15 January 1965

ON THIS DAY… 08 JAN 1965

BOBBY GRAHAM RELEASED ‘SKIN DEEP’/’ZOOM, WIDGE AND WAG’

Today sees the 1965 release of ‘Skin Deep’ / ‘Zoom, Widge And Wag’ by Bobby Graham, the legendary session drummer who had played with Joe Brown and the Bruvvers prior to his session work, which included:

- ‘You Really Got Me’ (The Kinks)
- ‘Downtown’ (Petula Clark)
- ‘You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me’ (Dusty Springfield)
- ‘The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore’ (The Walker Brothers)
- ‘Hold Me’ (P.J. Proby)
- ‘Bits and Pieces’ (The Dave Clark Five)

He had been given a solo deal and his first single was ‘Skin Deep’ - a classic Gene Krupa number - and I wrote the b-side with him: Zoom was his wife, Widge his daughter and Wag their dog. Bobby died in September 2009. I miss him - he was a passionate drummer who understood his drums and how to inject energy into a session.

The footage was Bobby’s and shows the original location of Olympic Studios, previously a synagogue in Carlton Mews near Baker Street in London; it shows he and I arriving. Bobby went on to produce amongst others, The Pretty Things’ Don’t Bring Me Down and the infamous Mandy Rice-Davies, however I wasn’t invited to that session.

AUDIO: Zoom, Widge and Wag (Bobby Graham)

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ON THIS DAY… 08 JAN 1965

BOBBY GRAHAM RELEASED ‘SKIN DEEP’/’ZOOM, WIDGE AND WAG’

Today sees the 1965 release of ‘Skin Deep’ / ‘Zoom, Widge And Wag’ by Bobby Graham, the legendary session drummer who had played with Joe Brown and the Bruvvers prior to his session work, which included:

- ‘You Really Got Me’ (The Kinks)
- ‘Downtown’ (Petula Clark)
- ‘You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me’ (Dusty Springfield)
- ‘The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore’ (The Walker Brothers)
- ‘Hold Me’ (P.J. Proby)
- ‘Bits and Pieces’ (The Dave Clark Five)

He had been given a solo deal and his first single was ‘Skin Deep’ - a classic Gene Krupa number - and I wrote the b-side with him: Zoom was his wife, Widge his daughter and Wag their dog. Bobby died in September 2009. I miss him - he was a passionate drummer who understood his drums and how to inject energy into a session.

The footage was Bobby’s and shows the original location of Olympic Studios, previously a synagogue in Carlton Mews near Baker Street in London; it shows he and I arriving. Bobby went on to produce amongst others, The Pretty Things’ Don’t Bring Me Down and the infamous Mandy Rice-Davies, however I wasn’t invited to that session.

AUDIO: Zoom, Widge and Wag (Bobby Graham)

8 January 1965

8 January 1965

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ON THIS DAY… 02 DEC 1966

I PLAYED ON DONOVAN’S SUNSHINE SUPERMAN

In 1965, I was asked to be on a session at Kingsway Studios, Holborn, London. It was for Donovan. One of the songs recorded that afternoon was Sunshine Superman; it was a massive hit in the UK and the US. I got to work with Donovan as a hired hand on a number of tracks on Hurdy Gurdy Man.

In June 2011, I was asked to play Sunshine Superman with Donovan at the Royal Albert Hall. It was a concert of many textures and colours, a tapestry of delights as the Sunshine Troubador showcase his illustrious career.

AUDIO: Sunshine Superman (Donovan)

2 December 1966

2 December 1966

ON THIS DAY… 05 NOV 1965
LES FLEUR DE LYS RELEASED MOONDREAMS / WAIT FOR ME

I THINK THE KEYBOARD PART ON MOONDREAMS WAS REALLY GOOD AND AT THIS TIME I WAS A PRODUCER AT IMMEDIATE RECORDS. I AM TOLD THAT THIS IS A REALLY RARE RECORD BUT REGARDLESS OF WHETHER IMMEDIATE RECORDS ONLY SOLD IT IN SMALL AMOUNTS OR IN VERY LARGE AMOUNTS, I NEVER SAW ANY ROYALTY CHEQUES! ALSO, ON THIS DAY IN 1605, GUY FAWKES AND THE REBELS HAD ‘QUITE A PARTY’ WITH ‘BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE’.

ON THIS DAY… 05 NOV 1965

LES FLEUR DE LYS RELEASED MOONDREAMS / WAIT FOR ME

I THINK THE KEYBOARD PART ON MOONDREAMS WAS REALLY GOOD AND AT THIS TIME I WAS A PRODUCER AT IMMEDIATE RECORDS. I AM TOLD THAT THIS IS A REALLY RARE RECORD BUT REGARDLESS OF WHETHER IMMEDIATE RECORDS ONLY SOLD IT IN SMALL AMOUNTS OR IN VERY LARGE AMOUNTS, I NEVER SAW ANY ROYALTY CHEQUES! ALSO, ON THIS DAY IN 1605, GUY FAWKES AND THE REBELS HAD ‘QUITE A PARTY’ WITH ‘BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE’.

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ON THIS DAY… 05 NOV 1965

LES FLEUR DE LYS RELEASED MOONDREAMS / WAIT FOR ME

I THINK THE KEYBOARD PART ON MOONDREAMS WAS REALLY GOOD AND AT THIS TIME I WAS A PRODUCER AT IMMEDIATE RECORDS. I AM TOLD THAT THIS IS A REALLY RARE RECORD BUT REGARDLESS OF WHETHER IMMEDIATE RECORDS ONLY SOLD IT IN SMALL AMOUNTS OR IN VERY LARGE AMOUNTS, I NEVER SAW ANY ROYALTY CHEQUES! ALSO, ON THIS DAY IN 1605, GUY FAWKES AND THE REBELS HAD ‘QUITE A PARTY’ WITH ‘BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE’.

5 November 1965

5 November 1965

ON THIS DAY… 28 SEP 1965

I WAS A STAFF PRODUCER AT IMMEDIATE RECORDS

When I was a staff producer at Immediate Records, this demo had been sent in and, when I heard it, I got really enthusiastic and had an acetate made to play to the heads of the label. I couldn’t get a bite on it .

The band was Martin Raynor and The Secrets from Kidderminster, in the Midlands. It was a song demo written by the vocalist Martin Raynor (aka Clifford T Ward) who later went on to have solo success in the UK in 1973 but with ‘Infatuation’ - he was way ahead of the London and Northern Soul movement on the evidence of this demo.

AUDIO: Infatuation (Martin Raynor and The Secrets)

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ON THIS DAY… 28 SEP 1965

I WAS A STAFF PRODUCER AT IMMEDIATE RECORDS

When I was a staff producer at Immediate Records, this demo had been sent in and, when I heard it, I got really enthusiastic and had an acetate made to play to the heads of the label. I couldn’t get a bite on it .

The band was Martin Raynor and The Secrets from Kidderminster, in the Midlands. It was a song demo written by the vocalist Martin Raynor (aka Clifford T Ward) who later went on to have solo success in the UK in 1973 but with ‘Infatuation’ - he was way ahead of the London and Northern Soul movement on the evidence of this demo.

AUDIO: Infatuation (Martin Raynor and The Secrets)

28 September 1965

28 September 1965

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ON THIS DAY… 22 SEP* 1965

JOHN MAYALL RELEASED WITCH DOCTOR / TELEPHONE BLUES

Today sees the release of the single ‘I’m Your Witch Doctor’ and ‘Telephone Blues’ on Immediate Records, where I was a producer. It was recorded at Pye Studios with jazzer Hughie Flint on drums, John McVie on bass, John Mayall on keyboards and vocals and Eric Clapton on guitar. It was recorded in June of 1965. When ‘Witch Doctor’ came to be overdubbed, Eric had this idea to put this feedback wail over the top. I was with him in the studio as he set this up, then I got back into the control room and told the engineer to record the overdub. About two thirds of the way through, he pulled the faders down and said: “This guitarist is impossible to record”. I guess his technical ethics were compromised by the signal that was putting the meters into the red. I suggested that he got on with his job and leave that decision to me! Eric’s solo on ‘Telephone Blues’ was just superb. I would like to have seen Ainsley Dunbar on drums in the studio for ‘Witch Doctor’. I also produced ‘Sitting On Top of the World’, showing John Mayall’s blues to Top 20 ambitions, and ‘Double Crossing Time’, an ironic title as the next time I heard of them they were in the very capable hands of Mike Vernon - famed blues producer. It was a good move: Eric left The Yardbirds because they had Top 20 aspirations!

*actually released in October. ThanksChristopher Hjort!