A History of ‘Homework’ – Part 2

When Otis Rush joined the 1966 American Folk Blues Festival European tour, he had not released a record under his own name in four years. Prior to that tour, he had only two songs released in the U.K.; ‘So Many Roads, So Many Trains’ had appeared on the Pye International Chess compilation “The Blues, Volume […]

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Peter Green & Eddie Boyd – The Stroller

At the time that Eddie Boyd joined the 1965 American Folk Blues Festival tour of Europe he had been playing professionally for more than thirty years.  He had recorded his first session as a leader almost twenty-years earlier and in the ensuing decades had released records on nine different labels.  The labels had become progressively […]

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A History of ‘Homework’ – Part 1

A History of ‘Homework’ – Part 1

Worst.  Blog. Title.  Ever. I know, I know – but I wanted to write about the Otis Rush classic and some of it’s many, many covers over the years. Having had a single released under his own name (apparently the label’s last, although I don’t think the two are related) in 1961, Al Perkins’ luck […]

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Review: The Act featuring Peter Green

Live at the Boston Tea Party 1970 (Middle Sun Media 2020) For fifty years, devotees of the music of Peter Green have been patiently piecing together previously unreleased recordings as they surfaced: BBC performances, live concerts (often incomplete, with only a few stray tracks and occasionally, a lone song, their provenance unidentified, or worse, misidentified) […]

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The Roots of Danny Kirwan’s ‘Like Crying’

Jigsaw Puzzle Blues – On March 04, 2020, Ismael Flores added another piece to the puzzle when he posted this incredible find on the Danny Kirwan (Original Fleetwood Mac) Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/939494226089879/: Buddy Boy Hawkins – Shaggy Dog Blues – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MP355jAGyaY Hawkins is something of a musical apparition; although we know what he looked like, […]

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Classic Singles – Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac’s Debut Part 2 –

The B-Side: ‘Rambling Pony’ The fourteen-year difference in age between John Mayall and the nineteen-year-old Peter Green at the time of Green’s joining The Bluebreakers was a lifetime in terms of life experience. Green moved into the same apartment block as Mayall on Portchester Road in Bayswater, west London, and the two bonded over Mayall’s […]

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Classic Singles – Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac’s Debut Part 1 –

The A-Side: ‘I Believe My Time Ain’t Long’ Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac made their public debut on August 13, 1967 at the 7th Annual Jazz, Pop, Ballads & Blues Festival at the Royal Windsor Racecourse in Windsor, Berkshire. Although attendance for the Sunday shows are estimated at about 15,000, the band would truly introduce themselves […]

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4 Versions of ‘Thirteen Women’

A couple of weeks ago, I was researching a Little Richard song, studiously following various links, when, like a dog spotting a squirrel, one band name caught my eye: The Renegades.  I had never heard of them before. A photo showed the quartet in American Civil War era calvary uniforms on stage and with hair […]

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Fleetwood Mac – Live at Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland

April 23, 1970 The April eleventh 1970 edition of the New Musical Express announced the break-up of Fleetwood Mac under the headline, “Mac Leader Quits – Peter Green Leaving on May 25”; Green may have stated his intention to leave, but he would be exceedingly busy during those last six weeks with contractual obligations. They […]

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Wolf Tracks –

‘How Many More Years’ / ‘No Place to Go’ / ‘You Gonna Wreck My Life’ Chester Burnett’s first record, ‘Moanin’ At Midnight’ backed with ‘How Many More Years’, was recorded by Sam Phillips at the Memphis Recording Studio in Tennessee in July of 1951.  It was a rare two-sided hit with ‘How Many More Years’ […]

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