ON THIS DAY… 26 OCT 1987
I RECORDED BLUES ANTHEM WITH CHRIS FARLOWE

On this day in 1987, I recorded ‘Blues Anthem’ (If I Cannot Have Your Love, I’ll Sing The Blues) with Chris Farlowe‚ which appeared on the Outrider album. Chris was somebody who I first saw in about 1957, in the heats of the British Skiffle Championship, where he sang ‘All By Myself’ - a Johnny Burnette number that was rockabilly and not skiffle and he was extraordinary.
I had seen him play with his band ‘The Thunderbirds’ at the Ebbisham Hall in Epsom and he was truly one of the shining lights of the Southern music scene in the late ’50s and very early ’60s. He went on to build a substantial solo career and I had a great respect for his cavalier vocals. I played acoustic guitar on the hit single ‘Out Of Time’‚ so it wasn’t a surprise when I asked him to help me with his vocal talents on the Death Wish II album. I asked him again on the Outrider album. He sang on ‘Prison Blues’ and ‘Blues Anthem’ and both songs were written pretty much on the spot within two takes of each other. As an overdub to ‘Blues Anthem’, I incorporated the guitar-synth to emulate a string overdub.

AUDIO: Blues Anthem (Outrider)

ON THIS DAY… 26 OCT 1987

I RECORDED BLUES ANTHEM WITH CHRIS FARLOWE

On this day in 1987, I recorded ‘Blues Anthem’ (If I Cannot Have Your Love, I’ll Sing The Blues) with Chris Farlowe‚ which appeared on the Outrider album. Chris was somebody who I first saw in about 1957, in the heats of the British Skiffle Championship, where he sang ‘All By Myself’ - a Johnny Burnette number that was rockabilly and not skiffle and he was extraordinary.

I had seen him play with his band ‘The Thunderbirds’ at the Ebbisham Hall in Epsom and he was truly one of the shining lights of the Southern music scene in the late ’50s and very early ’60s. He went on to build a substantial solo career and I had a great respect for his cavalier vocals. I played acoustic guitar on the hit single ‘Out Of Time’‚ so it wasn’t a surprise when I asked him to help me with his vocal talents on the Death Wish II album. I asked him again on the Outrider album. He sang on ‘Prison Blues’ and ‘Blues Anthem’ and both songs were written pretty much on the spot within two takes of each other. As an overdub to ‘Blues Anthem’, I incorporated the guitar-synth to emulate a string overdub.

AUDIO: Blues Anthem (Outrider)

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ON THIS DAY… 26 OCT 1987

I RECORDED BLUES ANTHEM WITH CHRIS FARLOWE

On this day in 1987, I recorded ‘Blues Anthem’ (If I Cannot Have Your Love, I’ll Sing The Blues) with Chris Farlowe‚ which appeared on the Outrider album. Chris was somebody who I first saw in about 1957, in the heats of the British Skiffle Championship, where he sang ‘All By Myself’ - a Johnny Burnette number that was rockabilly and not skiffle and he was extraordinary.

I had seen him play with his band ‘The Thunderbirds’ at the Ebbisham Hall in Epsom and he was truly one of the shining lights of the Southern music scene in the late ’50s and very early ’60s. He went on to build a substantial solo career and I had a great respect for his cavalier vocals. I played acoustic guitar on the hit single ‘Out Of Time’‚ so it wasn’t a surprise when I asked him to help me with his vocal talents on the Death Wish II album. I asked him again on the Outrider album. He sang on ‘Prison Blues’ and ‘Blues Anthem’ and both songs were written pretty much on the spot within two takes of each other. As an overdub to ‘Blues Anthem’, I incorporated the guitar-synth to emulate a string overdub.

AUDIO: Blues Anthem (Outrider)

26 October 1987

26 October 1987

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ON THIS DAY… 15 SEP 1981

I RECORDED THE MAIN TITLE TO DEATH WISH II

Michael Winner had asked me to write the soundtrack to Death Wish II and on this day in 1981, I recorded the main title music. It was later to manifest as ‘Who’s To Blame’ with my lyrics and Chris Farlowe on vocals, but at this point, it’s working title was ‘Synth track’, which referred to the initial guitar track performed on a guitar synthesiser with further overdubs with guitar synthesiser and melody lines from a Telecaster string bender.

The sound source for this was taken from a white label test pressing that I recently discovered amongst some unrelated acetates. It didn’t come out at the time and it didn’t appear on the Death Wish II album but it was used on the opening sequence of the film. Michael Winner was to feature music from Death Wish II in the next of the series, Death Wish III.

ON THIS DAY… 17 JUN 1966

I PLAYED ON CHRIS FARLOWE’S ‘OUT OF TIME’

I played acoustic on Chris Farlowe’s ‘Out Of Time' and you can hear it soloing in the middle of the song. It's a Jagger/Richards composition and Farlowe's version is brilliant. It went to No. 1 and was in the UK charts for 40 weeks. This is the acoustic which was played on the song.

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ON THIS DAY… 17 JUN 1966

I PLAYED ON CHRIS FARLOWE’S ‘OUT OF TIME’

I played acoustic on Chris Farlowe’s ‘Out Of Time’ and you can hear it soloing in the middle of the song. It’s a Jagger/Richards composition and Farlowe’s version is brilliant. It went to No. 1 and was in the UK charts for 40 weeks. This is the acoustic which was played on the song.

17 June 1966

17 June 1966

22 APR 1960
I was at RG Jones Studios with Chris Farlowe and The Thunderbirds

In 1960, I persuaded Chris Farlowe and The Thunderbirds to record at RG Jones - a demo Studio in Putney. Chris Farlowe’s band was one of the best on the London and Southern scene, pre-Beatles era. Their rendition of ‘Money’ is featured as today’s music.

AUDIO: “Money” by Chris Farlowe and the Thunderbirds

22 APR 1960

I was at RG Jones Studios with Chris Farlowe and The Thunderbirds

In 1960, I persuaded Chris Farlowe and The Thunderbirds to record at RG Jones - a demo Studio in Putney. Chris Farlowe’s band was one of the best on the London and Southern scene, pre-Beatles era. Their rendition of ‘Money’ is featured as today’s music.

AUDIO: “Money” by Chris Farlowe and the Thunderbirds

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22 APR 1960

I was at RG Jones Studios with Chris Farlowe and The Thunderbirds

In 1960, I persuaded Chris Farlowe and The Thunderbirds to record at RG Jones - a demo Studio in Putney. Chris Farlowe’s band was one of the best on the London and Southern scene, pre-Beatles era. Their rendition of ‘Money’ is featured as today’s music.

AUDIO: “Money” by Chris Farlowe and the Thunderbirds

22 April 1960

22 April 1960

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THE BRAIN KEPT A ROLLIN’

17 DECEMBER 1987

ON THIS DAY… OUTRIDER SESSIONS BEGAN

On this day in 1987, I began sessions for a solo album. Some of the material I had already written and some of it was made up on the spot. I asked Chris Farlowe to come and join me on vocals and I kicked it all off with the classic Johnny Burnette and the Rock ‘n Roll Trio number Train Kept a Rollin’ – a song Chris had performed with the original line-up of The Thunderbirds and I had done with Neil Christian and the Crusaders. Later that day, we had completed ‘Prison Blues’ and ‘Blues Anthem’ and both of these tracks appeared on the Outrider album that was to be released the following year.

I now had The Sol studios running as a commercial venture with Leif Masses, chief engineer and studio manager from Polar Studios, at the helm. I fitted in my sessions around other artist bookings at the Sol.

AUDIO: Train Kept a Rollin’ (Outrider sessions)

17 December 1987

17 December 1987

ON THIS DAY… 26 OCT 1987
I RECORDED BLUES ANTHEM WITH CHRIS FARLOWE

On this day in 1987, I recorded ‘Blues Anthem’ (If I Cannot Have Your Love, I’ll Sing The Blues) with Chris Farlowe‚ which appeared on the Outrider album. Chris was somebody who I first saw in about 1957, in the heats of the British Skiffle Championship, where he sang ‘All By Myself’ - a Johnny Burnette number that was rockabilly and not skiffle and he was extraordinary.
I had seen him play with his band ‘The Thunderbirds’ at the Ebbisham Hall in Epsom and he was truly one of the shining lights of the Southern music scene in the late ’50s and very early ’60s. He went on to build a substantial solo career and I had a great respect for his cavalier vocals. I played acoustic guitar on the hit single ‘Out Of Time’‚ so it wasn’t a surprise when I asked him to help me with his vocal talents on the Death Wish II album. I asked him again on the Outrider album. He sang on ‘Prison Blues’ and ‘Blues Anthem’ and both songs were written pretty much on the spot within two takes of each other. As an overdub to ‘Blues Anthem’, I incorporated the guitar-synth to emulate a string overdub.

AUDIO: Blues Anthem (Outrider)

ON THIS DAY… 26 OCT 1987

I RECORDED BLUES ANTHEM WITH CHRIS FARLOWE

On this day in 1987, I recorded ‘Blues Anthem’ (If I Cannot Have Your Love, I’ll Sing The Blues) with Chris Farlowe‚ which appeared on the Outrider album. Chris was somebody who I first saw in about 1957, in the heats of the British Skiffle Championship, where he sang ‘All By Myself’ - a Johnny Burnette number that was rockabilly and not skiffle and he was extraordinary.

I had seen him play with his band ‘The Thunderbirds’ at the Ebbisham Hall in Epsom and he was truly one of the shining lights of the Southern music scene in the late ’50s and very early ’60s. He went on to build a substantial solo career and I had a great respect for his cavalier vocals. I played acoustic guitar on the hit single ‘Out Of Time’‚ so it wasn’t a surprise when I asked him to help me with his vocal talents on the Death Wish II album. I asked him again on the Outrider album. He sang on ‘Prison Blues’ and ‘Blues Anthem’ and both songs were written pretty much on the spot within two takes of each other. As an overdub to ‘Blues Anthem’, I incorporated the guitar-synth to emulate a string overdub.

AUDIO: Blues Anthem (Outrider)

19 plays

ON THIS DAY… 26 OCT 1987

I RECORDED BLUES ANTHEM WITH CHRIS FARLOWE

On this day in 1987, I recorded ‘Blues Anthem’ (If I Cannot Have Your Love, I’ll Sing The Blues) with Chris Farlowe‚ which appeared on the Outrider album. Chris was somebody who I first saw in about 1957, in the heats of the British Skiffle Championship, where he sang ‘All By Myself’ - a Johnny Burnette number that was rockabilly and not skiffle and he was extraordinary.

I had seen him play with his band ‘The Thunderbirds’ at the Ebbisham Hall in Epsom and he was truly one of the shining lights of the Southern music scene in the late ’50s and very early ’60s. He went on to build a substantial solo career and I had a great respect for his cavalier vocals. I played acoustic guitar on the hit single ‘Out Of Time’‚ so it wasn’t a surprise when I asked him to help me with his vocal talents on the Death Wish II album. I asked him again on the Outrider album. He sang on ‘Prison Blues’ and ‘Blues Anthem’ and both songs were written pretty much on the spot within two takes of each other. As an overdub to ‘Blues Anthem’, I incorporated the guitar-synth to emulate a string overdub.

AUDIO: Blues Anthem (Outrider)

26 October 1987

26 October 1987