ON THIS DAY… 31 AUG 1969

I PLAYED TEXAS INTERNATIONAL POP FESTIVAL WITH LED ZEPPELIN

Festivals were starting to become well established in the US and the Texas Pop Festival offered a substantial bill of performing artists. I watched Sam & Dave perform and hung out with Janis Joplin, whom I had hung out with at Steve Paul’s Scene Club in New York in the Yardbird days. Led Zeppelin played a good set on this day.

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Audio: Janis Joplin - Live at Texas International Pop Festival (“Raise Your Hand” and “Summertime”)

ON THIS DAY… 31 AUG 1969

I PLAYED TEXAS INTERNATIONAL POP FESTIVAL WITH LED ZEPPELIN

Festivals were starting to become well established in the US and the Texas Pop Festival offered a substantial bill of performing artists. I watched Sam & Dave perform and hung out with Janis Joplin, whom I had hung out with at Steve Paul’s Scene Club in New York in the Yardbird days. Led Zeppelin played a good set on this day.

WATCH VIDEO

Audio: Janis Joplin - Live at Texas International Pop Festival (“Raise Your Hand” and “Summertime”)

ON THIS DAY… 31 AUG 1969

I PLAYED TEXAS INTERNATIONAL POP FESTIVAL WITH LED ZEPPELIN

Festivals were starting to become well established in the US and the Texas Pop Festival offered a substantial bill of performing artists. I watched Sam & Dave perform and hung out with Janis Joplin, whom I had hung out with at Steve Paul’s Scene Club in New York in the Yardbird days. Led Zeppelin played a good set on this day.

WATCH VIDEO

Audio: Janis Joplin - Live at Texas International Pop Festival (“Raise Your Hand” and “Summertime”)

31 August 1969

31 August 1969

ON THIS DAY…

I PLAY FLUSHING MEADOWS, NEW YORK WITH LED ZEPPELIN

30 AUG 1969

On this night, I played in Flushing Meadows, New York with Led Zeppelin who were on the bill with Buddy Guy and Larry Coryell. The legendary Bernard Purdie was playing drums in the house band that night. I made a point of going to hear Buddy Guy as this would be my first time of hearing him play live. I’d admired and had been moved by his playing, one of my earliest access points being his dynamic guitar playing and vocals on the ‘Folk Festival of the Blues’ album on Chess Records. I had heard legendary stories of him when he had made a fleeting visit to England in 1965. Even to this day, Buddy Guy’s guitar playing and vocals are something of a primeval force.

FEATURED AUDIO:
Worried Blues (Buddy Guy)

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ON THIS DAY…

I PLAY FLUSHING MEADOWS, NEW YORK WITH LED ZEPPELIN

30 AUG 1969

On this night, I played in Flushing Meadows, New York with Led Zeppelin who were on the bill with Buddy Guy and Larry Coryell. The legendary Bernard Purdie was playing drums in the house band that night. I made a point of going to hear Buddy Guy as this would be my first time of hearing him play live. I’d admired and had been moved by his playing, one of my earliest access points being his dynamic guitar playing and vocals on the ‘Folk Festival of the Blues’ album on Chess Records. I had heard legendary stories of him when he had made a fleeting visit to England in 1965. Even to this day, Buddy Guy’s guitar playing and vocals are something of a primeval force.

FEATURED AUDIO:
Worried Blues (Buddy Guy)

30 August 1969

30 August 1969

ON THIS DAY… 29 AUG 1971

I PLAYED IN NEW ORLEANS WITH LED ZEPPELIN

Finally I get to play the Municipal Auditorium in New Orleans — a musical destination that I had craved for many a year. With homegrown talent and the likes of Clarence Frogman Henry, Dave Bartholomew, Fats Domino, Frankie Ford, Dr John, Professor Longhair, The Mardis Gras Indians, The Metres, The Neville Brothers, Hughey ‘Piano’ Smith and the magnificent blind blues minstrel Snooks Eaglin - the list is endless of the talent that was born and raised in this magickal area. Frankie Ford was still appearing at his bar in Bourbon Street at the time that we played there.

Bourbon Street pulsated with energy and the indigenous music. I had the appetite for all of it!

MUSIC FEATURED: Come Back Baby by Snooks Eaglin. He was a street singer continuing the tradition of a previous blues generation.

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ON THIS DAY… 29 AUG 1971

I PLAYED IN NEW ORLEANS WITH LED ZEPPELIN

Finally I get to play the Municipal Auditorium in New Orleans — a musical destination that I had craved for many a year. With homegrown talent and the likes of Clarence Frogman Henry, Dave Bartholomew, Fats Domino, Frankie Ford, Dr John, Professor Longhair, The Mardis Gras Indians, The Metres, The Neville Brothers, Hughey ‘Piano’ Smith and the magnificent blind blues minstrel Snooks Eaglin - the list is endless of the talent that was born and raised in this magickal area. Frankie Ford was still appearing at his bar in Bourbon Street at the time that we played there.

Bourbon Street pulsated with energy and the indigenous music. I had the appetite for all of it!

MUSIC FEATURED: Come Back Baby by Snooks Eaglin. He was a street singer continuing the tradition of a previous blues generation.

29 August 1971

29 August 1971

ON THIS DAY… 28 AUG 1964

BRENDA LEE, PJ PROBY AND LULU RELEASED RECORDS

On this day in 1964 there were three releases: by Brenda Lee, a visiting American artist with ‘Is It True’; PJ Proby with ‘Sweet and Tender Romance’ - another American artist soon to settle in London; and Lulu - a Scottish artist who too settled in London and was something of our own Brenda Lee.

All three of these songs were recorded in the Decca Number Two Studio in West Hampstead. Many a good recording was made at this location. There was quite a buzz in the Number Two Studio at Decca as Brenda Lee was the first American to come to the Decca studio and try their luck at recording in England. ‘Is It True’ gave me a good opportunity to employ a DeArmond tone pedal. The musicians definitely gave it their collective best that day.

Featured Audio: Is It True (Brenda Lee)

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ON THIS DAY… 28 AUG 1964

BRENDA LEE, PJ PROBY AND LULU RELEASED RECORDS

On this day in 1964 there were three releases: by Brenda Lee, a visiting American artist with ‘Is It True’; PJ Proby with ‘Sweet and Tender Romance’ - another American artist soon to settle in London; and Lulu - a Scottish artist who too settled in London and was something of our own Brenda Lee.

All three of these songs were recorded in the Decca Number Two Studio in West Hampstead. Many a good recording was made at this location. There was quite a buzz in the Number Two Studio at Decca as Brenda Lee was the first American to come to the Decca studio and try their luck at recording in England. ‘Is It True’ gave me a good opportunity to employ a DeArmond tone pedal. The musicians definitely gave it their collective best that day.

Featured Audio: Is It True (Brenda Lee)

28 August 1964

28 August 1964

ON THIS DAY… 27 AUG 1966

I PLAYED WITH THE YARDBIRDS IN SANTA BARBARA

The Yardbirds were based in LA when we played in Santa Barbara as a four piece. This gives a good opportunity to show some rarely seen photos.

27 August 1966

27 August 1966