I’m On the Light …

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… Programme that is. This very morning, 50 years ago, Jeff Beck and Simon Dupree & the Big Sound appeared on Saturday Club

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Also fifty years ago this weekend, the Jimi Hendrix Experience released “Purple Haze”, and after a records night at the Birdcage on Friday, the Eyes of Blue failed to arrive on Saturday and there were records again on Sunday. Legendary it might be, but some weekends were pretty dull in those last few months.

Also released this weekend, the first (eponymous) Grateful Dead album on which many of the tracks were their versions of old blues, folk and country songs, including “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl”, “Rain & Snow”, “Sitting on Top of the World”, “Beat It on Down the Line” (Jesse Fuller), two jug band songs: “Minglewood Blues” and “Viola Lee Blues”, and their cover of “Morning Dew”

Boy do I love the jug bands – especially these they covered, the Memphis Jug Band and Gus Canon’s Jug Stompers (who also wrote “Walk Right In”). On the 21st century reissue of the album there were bonus tracks, including a third jug tune. It’s always seemed to me that the essential difference between most San Francisco ‘psychedelic’ bands and those from LA, the UK and elsewhere, is the extent to which many of the SF guys were immersed in that ‘old weird America’ – rather than for example, sci-fi or (in the UK especially), Tolkien on a wah-wah pedal.


Author: pompeypop

University lecturer, longtime local musician and recently historian of popular music - especially in and around Portsmouth. My blog is entirely about that topic

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