ON THIS DAY… 28 NOV 1983

I PLAYED A CONCERT IN DALLAS WITH ARMS

After the original ARMS show at the Royal Albert Hall, there was great interest from the artists involved when it was suggested that we do a short American tour. Bill Graham, with his entrepreneurial and promotional skills, magically set up a number of dates in the US. Everybody came over with the exception of Steve Winwood, whose slot was taken by Joe Cocker. I’d invited Paul Rodgers to come on the ARMS tour and he graciously accepted. We had a good chemistry onstage and that added a hell of a lot to my set. At the time I had been writing some new material with Paul, including Midnight Moonlight. It was great to see Ronnie Lane again and there was a spirit of goodwill and camaraderie between the artists that endured throughout the tour.

Music Featured: Layla (ARMS - Live in New York, 1983)

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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!

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!

22 September* 1965

*actually released in October. Thanks, Christopher Hjort!

21 SEP 1983

I MET PRINCESS DIANA AT THE PRINCE’S TRUST EVENT AT THE ALBERT HALL

After yesterday’s euphoria at The Albert Hall, the second night was played to benefit The Prince’s Trust, Prince Charles’ charity. With the attendance of Prince Charles, and the newly on-the-scene Lady Diana Spencer, we were introduced to the royal couple before the show. Lady Diana told me she had attended a Duran Duran concert at The Albert Hall and I thought ‘Oh boy, are you in for a shock tonight!’

AUDIO: LAYLA (LIVE AT THE ALBERT HALL)

21 September 1983

21 September 1983

LED ZEPPELIN ARE VOTED TOP BRITISH GROUP IN THE MELODY MAKER POLL

16 September 1970

By 1970, Led Zeppelin had risen in the categories of The Melody Maker Poll. Melody Maker was the most prestigious of the music papers in the UK at the time. The Melody Maker Poll awards ceremony was hosted at the Savoy Hotel in London. Led Zeppelin were awarded number one Group, number one UK Album and number two International Album with Led Zeppelin II, Robert Plant number one Male Singer. In the guitar category, I was number two, with Eric Clapton number one and Jimi Hendrix number three.

Read full Melody Maker review

AUDIO: Ramble On (Led Zeppelin)

ON THIS DAY… 30 JUN 1990

I PLAYED AT KNEBWORTH WITH ROBERT PLANT FOR THE NORDOFF ROBBINS SILVER CLEF AWARD

On this day in 1990, I played at the Nordoff Robbins Silver Clef awards show. Nordoff Robbins is a music therapy charity. I guested with Robert Plant who had been Cleffed! Also on the bill was Cliff Richard and The Shadows, Dire Straits, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Genesis, Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd, Status Quo and Tears for Fears

Our set consisted of: ‘Hurting Kind’ / ‘Tall Cool One’ / ‘Wearing and Tearing’ / ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’. ‘Wearing and Tearing’ was performed live by Robert and myself for the first time.

I had an opportunity to speak with the Cobbold family, who owned Knebworth House, and of Edward Bulwer-Lytton, the 19th Century author, who wrote ‘Zanoni’ (1842) and ‘A Strange Story’ (1862). They told me his library was still in existence in the house.

30 June 1990

30 June 1990

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ON THIS DAY… 18 JUN 1965

I SAW JOHN MAYALL & THE BLUESBREAKERS IN LONDON, UK

On this day in 1965, I went to see John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers at the Pontiac Club in Putney, London. It showcased Eric Clapton’s magnificent mastery of the blues guitar. Eric came to stay at my home in Epsom that night as I had told him about the recordings and guitar sound I was getting from my Simon recorder. We played together and tracks surfaced on the ‘Blues Anytime’ series on Immediate Records. I went on to produce ‘I’m Your Witchdoctor’ and ‘Telephone Blues’ with Mayall and Clapton, as well as ‘Sitting on Top of the World’ and ‘Double Crossing Time’.

AUDIO: Miles Road - Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page

ON THIS DAY… 18 JUN 1965
I SAW JOHN MAYALL & THE BLUESBREAKERS IN LONDON, UK

On this day in 1965, I went to see John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers at the Pontiac Club in Putney, London. It showcased Eric Clapton’s magnificent mastery of the blues guitar. Eric came to stay at my home in Epsom that night as I had told him about the recordings and guitar sound I was getting from my Simon recorder. We played together and tracks surfaced on the ‘Blues Anytime’ series on Immediate Records. I went on to produce ‘I’m Your Witchdoctor’ and ‘Telephone Blues’ with Mayall and Clapton, as well as ‘Sitting on Top of the World’ and ‘Double Crossing Time’.

AUDIO: Miles Road - Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page

ON THIS DAY… 18 JUN 1965

I SAW JOHN MAYALL & THE BLUESBREAKERS IN LONDON, UK

On this day in 1965, I went to see John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers at the Pontiac Club in Putney, London. It showcased Eric Clapton’s magnificent mastery of the blues guitar. Eric came to stay at my home in Epsom that night as I had told him about the recordings and guitar sound I was getting from my Simon recorder. We played together and tracks surfaced on the ‘Blues Anytime’ series on Immediate Records. I went on to produce ‘I’m Your Witchdoctor’ and ‘Telephone Blues’ with Mayall and Clapton, as well as ‘Sitting on Top of the World’ and ‘Double Crossing Time’.

AUDIO: Miles Road - Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page

18 June 1965

18 June 1965

ON THIS DAY… 28 NOV 1983

I PLAYED A CONCERT IN DALLAS WITH ARMS

After the original ARMS show at the Royal Albert Hall, there was great interest from the artists involved when it was suggested that we do a short American tour. Bill Graham, with his entrepreneurial and promotional skills, magically set up a number of dates in the US. Everybody came over with the exception of Steve Winwood, whose slot was taken by Joe Cocker. I’d invited Paul Rodgers to come on the ARMS tour and he graciously accepted. We had a good chemistry onstage and that added a hell of a lot to my set. At the time I had been writing some new material with Paul, including Midnight Moonlight. It was great to see Ronnie Lane again and there was a spirit of goodwill and camaraderie between the artists that endured throughout the tour.

Music Featured: Layla (ARMS - Live in New York, 1983)

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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!