Jeremy Spencer / Danny Kirwan

Jeremy Spencer / Danny Kirwan

BBC session, “First Gear” July 07, 1970 Fleetwood Mac was close to wrapping up what would be the band’s fourth LP, “Kiln House” (their first without Peter Green) at the time they taped this session for the BBC.  The five songs the band performed for the show, were all included (despite the collection’s title) on […]

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Songlines: Worried Dream – Parts III & IV

Part III: Fleetwood Mac (Konserthuest, Orebro Sweden – Nov. 1969) and John the Revelator (two studio performances) It is just a few weeks short of a full year between the last (incomplete) live recording of Green performing this song in 1968 (see “Worried Dream Part II) and the next available one from 1969. Fleetwood Mac […]

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1st Anniversary of Publication of

1st Anniversary of Publication of

“Fleetwood Mac in Chicago January 4th 1969 – The Legendary Chess Blues Sessions” By Jeff Lowenthal & Robert Schaffner (Schiffer Publishing) November 12th 2023, a chilly Sunday night in Chicago, but inside Reggie’s Chicago, the atmosphere was warm and the music was hot. “Legendary” Jeff Lowenthal (photographer) and Robert Schaffner (author) were celebrating the first […]

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Addendum – BBC recording ‘I’m A King Bee’

This recording has been a thorn in my side for over twenty years.  When I first came across it, I could not find any information as to the performance’s provenance; in all of my research, I could not find any confirmation that showed that the band had ever recorded this song.  The title could not […]

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Addendum: Extended coda to ‘Tell Me All the Things You Do’

Swing Auditorium, San Bernardino, CA – February 19, 1971 Fifty-two years after it was recorded and forty-nine years after it first appeared on the bootleg LP, “Merely a Portmanteau’ (The Amazing Kornyphone Record Label) (TAKRL)* the full “Jam” appended to their closing number, ‘Tell Me all the Things You Do’, at the first show that […]

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Peter Green covers Robert Johnson -1968

Three months to the day after Green performed a cover of Robert Johnson’s ‘Dead Shrimp Blues’ for the BBC, he chose to do another Johnson song at a marathon session meant to build a backlog of material for broadcast during the band’s upcoming American tour. The band cut eleven songs that day; Green performed four […]

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Remembering Otis Spann

Otis Spann w/ FM ‘Ain’t Nobody’s Business’ Otis Spann was born on March 21, 1930 into a musical family (his mother played guitar, his father, piano), in Jackson, Mississippi.  His informal schooling on piano began around the age of eight, under the supervision of a local musician named Friday Ford. By fourteen he was playing […]

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Review: Fleetwood Mac in Chicago January 4 TH 1969 The Legendary Chess Blues Sessions – (Schiffer Publishing 2022) Jeff Lowenthal and Robert Schaffner

“Sherman, set the controls on the Way Back Machine to Chicago, the Chess Studios, January fourth, 1969” All books, whether fiction or non-fiction serve as “time machines”, allowing us to vicariously experience the ancient, or recent past; speculative futures or imagined worlds and realms. “Fleetwood Mac in Chicago January 4 TH 1969 – The Legendary […]

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Addendum: The Roots of ‘Do You Give a Damn For Me’ – Bukka White’s ‘Aberdeen, Mississippi Blues’

A few years back, I got an e-mail from a Peter T. who was writing to inform me that in an earlier blog about various covers of ‘Show-Biz Blues’ https://smilingcorgipress.com/remembering-rory-gallagher-2/ I had neglected to mention that Peter Green’s original performance of the number owed a debt to Bukka White’s ‘Aberdeen, Mississippi Blues’.  And while I […]

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