20 posts in category Under the Covers

‘Mean Old World’ Revisited Part 2 1969 / 1967 – The Sacred Mushroom & Canned Heat

A few weeks ago, I published a series of blogs (three in total) looking at covers of the song ‘Mean Old World’.  At the time, I chose to restrict myself ...

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Mean Old World – 1968 Part III

Chicken Shack had an early champion in BBC broadcaster John Peel.  Peel had the band on the show three times in 1968, in January, April and September.  This ...

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‘Mean Old World’ – 1968 Part II

Just eleven days after performing the number at the Middle Earth Club, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac were in the BBC’s Maida Vale Studio 5 to record the ...

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‘Mean Old World’ – 1968 Part I

T-Bone Walker’s ‘Mean Old World’ was apparently the song for British Blues bands to perform in 1968.  I know of seven recordings of the song made ...

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Celebrating the Music of Otis Rush and His Influence on British Blues – Part II

Rush had a tremendous impact on the guitarists of the burgeoning British Blues boom in the mid to late sixties and these two essays look at few of the cover ...

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Celebrating the Music of Otis Rush and His Influence on British Blues – Part One

Otis Rush was born in Philadelphia, Mississippi on April 29, 1934.  He moved with his family to Chicago at the age of fourteen and got his break twelve years ...

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Rory Gallagher – Showbiz Blues

Fleetwood Mac Peter Green: guitar & vocal / Unknown: percussion Recorded at De Lane Lea Studios, London July 03, 1969 Released, The Play On (Reprise ...

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They Called It ‘Stormy Monday Blues’ Part 3 – ? And the Mysterians, The Candymen, Elmore James & Fleetwood Mac

For reasons unknown, in England, it was Blues and R & B bands that turned Walker’s song into a “standard”.  Stateside, it was more often than not, ...

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They Called It ‘Stormy Monday Blues’ Part 2 – John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers – Clapton & Green

In 1965 there were new recordings of T-Bone Walker’s song released in the U.K. in August, September and October. There was also a live performance of the ...

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They Called It ‘Stormy Monday Blues’* Part 1

Enshrined in multiple musical Halls of Fame: the Grammy, the Rock and Roll and the Blues Foundation’s, T-Bone Walker’s ‘Call It Stormy Monday (But ...

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