ON THIS DAY… 12 DEC 1964
I took my first trip to LA, staying at Jackie DeShannon’s house
On this day in 1964, I travelled to Los Angeles and met up with Jackie DeShannon, who was to further my musical education. She introduced me to The Byrds, Ry Cooder and Bonnie Raitt amongst others. Access to Robert Johnson’s music was thin on the ground at this period of time in the UK, and I got a copy of ‘Preaching Blues’ on a Country Blues compilation album whilst on this trip.
Ciro’s on the Sunset Strip was a theatre nightclub from a previous era and is now called The Comedy Store. I saw The Byrds there at this time and they played ‘Mr Tambourine Man’, ‘Turn Turn Turn’, and ‘The Bells of Rhymney’. They were really good; Jim McGuinn was someone to behold and they were to release their debut single, ‘Mr Tambourine Man’, on Columbia some five months later. I attended a session where they also backed Jackie DeShannon on some demos of her songs.