Alan Balfour wrote:I don't do interesting things anymore but it would appear I once did. Two nights ago I was hunting down a short lived 1968 blues newsletter named Blues That Is and in the second issue (there were only ever two) I stumbled upon this:
We have received a very lengthy letter from Alan Balfour of Fulham, London. He ends his letter with a list of 1963 & 64 blues entries to the British LP charts. We thought that it deserved extracting and publishing in its own right.:
Jan.2, 1964 "The Blues, Vol.1" (Pye International) reached No.15
Feb.20, 1964 "Folk Festival Of The Blues" (Pye Int.) reached No.16
May.14, 1964 "Out Came The Blues" (Ace Of Hearts) reached No.19
May.28., 1964 "The Blues, Vol.2' (Pye International) reached No.16
Jun.18, 1964 "Down & Out Blues" Sonny Boy Williamson (Pye Int.) reached No.20
In 1963 Chuck Berry had three Pye International albums of 50's material in the U.K. charts, of which "On Stage" (in fact overdubbed studio recordings) stayed in the Top Ten for 6 weeks at one point reaching no. 6 (3rd October).
Howlin' Wolf with "Smokestack Lightnin'" and Slim Harpo with "Scratch My Back" - on Pye International and Stateside respectively - both made the singles top forty during 1964.
The real surprise of the above list – Out Came The Blues – 12 tracks 1930s vintage and one each from 1947 and 1953. Memphis Minnie in UK charts. The mind boggles, does it not?
To answer that, Alan, yes it does! Ed.
Wait! Is this Alan Balfour or Alan "Fluff" Freeman writing?
Des, got an opinion?