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
line-up were Mick Jagger and
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
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,
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
… later a huge hit for
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.