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LONG JOHN BALDRY

 

Eric Clapton proudly admits that he first had the urge to take up guitar playing after seeing LJB in 1959/60. In 1961 Alexis Korner and Cyril Davis formed Blues Incorporated and invited John to join them. Two other faces from that legendary line-up were Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts.

After four decades of living, breathing and above all, playing Blues, R&B and Rock & Roll, Long John Baldry is an undisputed living legend. He is a testament to, and a phenomenal musician of, his genre. Immensely respected by all the great names in British R&B and even the pop scene – he loves his music – and loves performing.

John’s most successful UK single was the classic Let The Heartaches Begin which first hit the charts in Nov ’67, staying there right through to Feb ’68 and reaching the No. 1 spot in the process.

1964 saw one of LJB’s greatest successes. He co-starred in a filmed live concert, Around The Beatles, starring, of course, John, Paul, George and Ringo, and co-starring Cilla Black and PJ Proby.

Throughout the 60s and 70s John appeared on all major British TV music shows: Ready Steady Go, The Five O’Clock Club, The Simon Dee Show, Crackerjack and Top of The Pops. By 1965 he was touring with Steampacket – supporting The Rolling Stones. The band line-up was LJB, Rod Stewart, Brian Auger, Julie Driscoll, Micky Waller and Vic Briggs.

John enjoys telling of how he found a young musician who showed ‘promise’. Invited to join LJB’s band as keyboard player, he stayed until 1968 before deciding to go solo …. and changing his name to Elton John, taking the name Elton from Elton Dean, the sax player, and John after LJB himself.

Hit albums followed for John, with extensive tours throughout Europe, the US and Canada. In 1978 John based himself in New York to work on a four hour radio documentary “The History of British Rock” – featuring interviews with Paul McCartney, Keith Moon, Jeff Beck, Ginger Baker, Peter Frampton and Marc Bolan, establishing his reputation as a radio personality. The next year saw the success of his famous single You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling … later a huge hit for The Righteous Brothers. Yet more albums and recordings were released to critical acclaim, including LJB’s cover version of The Walker Brothers’ The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore.

 

 

 

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