ON THIS DAY… 15 JAN 1965
‘I Can’t Explain’ by The Who was released in the UK

Today saw the UK release of the iconic ‘I Can’t Explain’ - the first single by The Who, produced by Shel Talmy and engineered by the great Glyn Johns at Pye Studios in Marble Arch, London. Although I had been contracted in to play on this session I wasn’t really needed but I played on it somewhere in the background. What a privilege it was to be part of that pure adrenaline rush.
Pete played a blinder, you can hear a few of my phrases on the B-side ‘Bald Headed Woman’ on the fuzzbox.

AUDIO: I Can’t Explain (The Who)

ON THIS DAY… 15 JAN 1965

‘I Can’t Explain’ by The Who was released in the UK

Today saw the UK release of the iconic ‘I Can’t Explain’ - the first single by The Who, produced by Shel Talmy and engineered by the great Glyn Johns at Pye Studios in Marble Arch, London. Although I had been contracted in to play on this session I wasn’t really needed but I played on it somewhere in the background. What a privilege it was to be part of that pure adrenaline rush.

Pete played a blinder, you can hear a few of my phrases on the B-side ‘Bald Headed Woman’ on the fuzzbox.

AUDIO: I Can’t Explain (The Who)

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ON THIS DAY… 15 JAN 1965

‘I Can’t Explain’ by The Who was released in the UK

Today saw the UK release of the iconic ‘I Can’t Explain’ - the first single by The Who, produced by Shel Talmy and engineered by the great Glyn Johns at Pye Studios in Marble Arch, London. Although I had been contracted in to play on this session I wasn’t really needed but I played on it somewhere in the background. What a privilege it was to be part of that pure adrenaline rush.

Pete played a blinder, you can hear a few of my phrases on the B-side ‘Bald Headed Woman’ on the fuzzbox.

AUDIO: I Can’t Explain (The Who)

15 January 1965

15 January 1965

ON THIS DAY… 14 JAN 1966
‘WILL YOU FOLLOW ME’ / ‘HEAD DEATH’ WAS RELEASED BY PAUL

Today saw the 1966 release of the Dylan-esque ‘Will You Follow Me’, written and sung by Paul Bedford; a guitar-playing troubadour and street musician who was playing in London’s Soho.
It was produced in a vein of all that was apparently current at that time on the tightest of budgets, but he had a talent for writing narratives like ‘Head Death’. I lost touch with him when I joined The Yardbirds. His uncle, Brian Bedford, was in the Oscar-winning film Grand Prix.

AUDIO: Head Death (Paul)

ON THIS DAY… 14 JAN 1966

‘WILL YOU FOLLOW ME’ / ‘HEAD DEATH’ WAS RELEASED BY PAUL

Today saw the 1966 release of the Dylan-esque ‘Will You Follow Me’, written and sung by Paul Bedford; a guitar-playing troubadour and street musician who was playing in London’s Soho.

It was produced in a vein of all that was apparently current at that time on the tightest of budgets, but he had a talent for writing narratives like ‘Head Death’. I lost touch with him when I joined The Yardbirds. His uncle, Brian Bedford, was in the Oscar-winning film Grand Prix.

AUDIO: Head Death (Paul)

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ON THIS DAY… 14 JAN 1966

‘WILL YOU FOLLOW ME’ / ‘HEAD DEATH’ WAS RELEASED BY PAUL

Today saw the 1966 release of the Dylan-esque ‘Will You Follow Me’, written and sung by Paul Bedford; a guitar-playing troubadour and street musician who was playing in London’s Soho.

It was produced in a vein of all that was apparently current at that time on the tightest of budgets, but he had a talent for writing narratives like ‘Head Death’. I lost touch with him when I joined The Yardbirds. His uncle, Brian Bedford, was in the Oscar-winning film Grand Prix.

AUDIO: Head Death (Paul)

14 January 1966

14 January 1966

ON THIS DAY… 08 JAN 1965

BOBBY GRAHAM RELEASED ‘SKIN DEEP’/’ZOOM, WIDGE AND WAG’

Today sees the 1965 release of ‘Skin Deep’ / ‘Zoom, Widge And Wag’ by Bobby Graham, the legendary session drummer who had played with Joe Brown and the Bruvvers prior to his session work, which included:

- ‘You Really Got Me’ (The Kinks)
- ‘Downtown’ (Petula Clark)
- ‘You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me’ (Dusty Springfield)
- ‘The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore’ (The Walker Brothers)
- ‘Hold Me’ (P.J. Proby)
- ‘Bits and Pieces’ (The Dave Clark Five)

He had been given a solo deal and his first single was ‘Skin Deep’ - a classic Gene Krupa number - and I wrote the b-side with him: Zoom was his wife, Widge his daughter and Wag their dog. Bobby died in September 2009. I miss him - he was a passionate drummer who understood his drums and how to inject energy into a session.

The footage was Bobby’s and shows the original location of Olympic Studios, previously a synagogue in Carlton Mews near Baker Street in London; it shows he and I arriving. Bobby went on to produce amongst others, The Pretty Things’ Don’t Bring Me Down and the infamous Mandy Rice-Davies, however I wasn’t invited to that session.

AUDIO: Zoom, Widge and Wag (Bobby Graham)

8 January 1965

8 January 1965


ON THIS DAY… 03 JAN 1964
‘MY BABY LEFT ME / HOOCHIE COOCHIE MAN’ BY DAVE BERRY WAS RELEASED

Today sees the release of My Baby Left Me by Dave Berry. It was recorded in Decca Number Two Studios in West Hampstead, London. This was one of those sessions with guitarist Big Jim Sullivan. He was one of the seasoned sessioneers and I was the new kid on the block. But on this I played lead guitar. Dave Berry was known for his unusual delivery and unique stage presence in a live situation. His musical taste was also quite eclectic. He probably knew this number by Big Boy Arthur Crudup, as well as Elvis Presley.

AUDIO: My Baby Left Me (Dave Berry)

ON THIS DAY… 03 JAN 1964

‘MY BABY LEFT ME / HOOCHIE COOCHIE MAN’ BY DAVE BERRY WAS RELEASED

Today sees the release of My Baby Left Me by Dave Berry. It was recorded in Decca Number Two Studios in West Hampstead, London. This was one of those sessions with guitarist Big Jim Sullivan. He was one of the seasoned sessioneers and I was the new kid on the block. But on this I played lead guitar. Dave Berry was known for his unusual delivery and unique stage presence in a live situation. His musical taste was also quite eclectic. He probably knew this number by Big Boy Arthur Crudup, as well as Elvis Presley.

AUDIO: My Baby Left Me (Dave Berry)

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ON THIS DAY… 03 JAN 1964

‘MY BABY LEFT ME / HOOCHIE COOCHIE MAN’ BY DAVE BERRY WAS RELEASED

Today sees the release of My Baby Left Me by Dave Berry. It was recorded in Decca Number Two Studios in West Hampstead, London. This was one of those sessions with guitarist Big Jim Sullivan. He was one of the seasoned sessioneers and I was the new kid on the block. But on this I played lead guitar. Dave Berry was known for his unusual delivery and unique stage presence in a live situation. His musical taste was also quite eclectic. He probably knew this number by Big Boy Arthur Crudup, as well as Elvis Presley.

AUDIO: My Baby Left Me (Dave Berry)

3 January 1964

3 January 1964

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

31 DEC 2012

Hi y’all. Well 2012 is nearly at a close… and what a year it’s been for JP. The eagerly awaited London O2 concert was released on what could be described as a ‘celebration day’ - some five years after the event.
During the December of this year I had the honour of meeting President Obama and Mrs Obama, President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton in Washington DC. I would not have imagined any of this happening this time last year. So roll on 2013!

31 DEC 2012

Hi y’all. Well 2012 is nearly at a close… and what a year it’s been for JP. The eagerly awaited London O2 concert was released on what could be described as a ‘celebration day’ - some five years after the event.

During the December of this year I had the honour of meeting President Obama and Mrs Obama, President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton in Washington DC. I would not have imagined any of this happening this time last year. So roll on 2013!