ON THIS DAY… 17 JAN 1967

I PLAYED IN SINGAPORE WITH THE YARDBIRDS

En route to Australia, The Yardbirds played at the National Theatre in Singapore. The National Theatre is in fact an open-air venue and there was a stage fronted by curtains, which we duly set up behind, and eventually it was time to play. The curtains opened to reveal the Yardbirds to the Singapore audience and we were greeted by males and females, all screaming. It was clear that they were still in the Beatles era and the screaming continued for the majority of the set. It was after this show that I met a brother of a friend of mine from Epsom. He was only a couple of years older than me and he was serving in the British army over there. It really brought home to me how close I and my peers had been to conscription, and if that had continued it would have dramatically changed the face of British fashion, rock and pop music, and the ensuing culture. The Yardbirds stayed at the wonderful Raffles Hotel.

17 January 1967

17 January 1967

02 JAN 1963
‘DIAMONDS’ BY JET HARRIS AND TONY MEEHAN WAS RELEASED

One of the first sessions that I had done in 1962 was courtesy of fellow Epsom resident Glyn Johns, the recording engineer who had rode me in on this. It was recorded at London’s iconic IBC Studio, a Robert Adam building in Portland Place, London. I played acoustic guitar on this one - a first solo venture by Shadows drummer Tony Meehan and bass icon Jet Harris. It went to Number 1 in the charts for three weeks in the UK in January 1963.

02 JAN 1963

DIAMONDS’ BY JET HARRIS AND TONY MEEHAN WAS RELEASED

One of the first sessions that I had done in 1962 was courtesy of fellow Epsom resident Glyn Johns, the recording engineer who had rode me in on this. It was recorded at London’s iconic IBC Studio, a Robert Adam building in Portland Place, London. I played acoustic guitar on this one - a first solo venture by Shadows drummer Tony Meehan and bass icon Jet Harris. It went to Number 1 in the charts for three weeks in the UK in January 1963.

02 JAN 1963

'DIAMONDS' BY JET HARRIS AND TONY MEEHAN WAS RELEASED

One of the first sessions that I had done in 1962 was courtesy of fellow Epsom resident Glyn Johns, the recording engineer who had rode me in on this. It was recorded at London’s iconic IBC Studio, a Robert Adam building in Portland Place, London. I played acoustic guitar on this one - a first solo venture by Shadows drummer Tony Meehan and bass icon Jet Harris. It went to Number 1 in the charts for three weeks in the UK in January 1963.

2 January 1963

2 January 1963

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

25 OCT 1968

I PLAYED THE SURREY UNIVERSITY GREAT HALL WITH LED ZEPPELIN

At this point in 1968, I was living in my house in Pangbourne, West Berkshire. For some time prior to that, I had lived in Epsom in Surrey (when this location was called Ewell Technical College) and I had attended a handful of chemistry lessons at night school back in the day. This show was a good chance to catch up with some of my old pals from Epsom.

25 October 1968

25 October 1968

20 JUN 2008
I received an honorary Doctorate Of Music at The University of Surrey

Today’s the summer solstice, and in 2008 I received an honorary doctorate of music at the University of Surrey at Guildford Cathedral.
I had visited the Cathedral before in my Epsom choirboy days, but over forty years later receiving this degree was a moving experience for me and my family, who were also present at the ceremony. The University had some cool facilities and students were up to some interesting music, with sound engineers graduating in digital and analogue recording.

20 JUN 2008

I received an honorary Doctorate Of Music at The University of Surrey

Today’s the summer solstice, and in 2008 I received an honorary doctorate of music at the University of Surrey at Guildford Cathedral.

I had visited the Cathedral before in my Epsom choirboy days, but over forty years later receiving this degree was a moving experience for me and my family, who were also present at the ceremony. The University had some cool facilities and students were up to some interesting music, with sound engineers graduating in digital and analogue recording.

20 June 2008

20 June 2008

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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