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Eric Burdon, Stevie Winwood, Long John Baldry, Julie Driscol

PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 11:46 pm
by NormanD
There was some recent discussion of Julie Driscoll. Here she is in her pre-Trinity days, with her Steam Packet co-singers Rod Stewart and Long John Baldry, and a few others. Never seen this one before.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwToxGHy ... r_embedded

Re: Eric Burdon, Stevie Winwood, Long John Baldry, Julie Driscol

PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 11:51 pm
by Chris P
Who'd know watching this, that 'celebrity' was to catch up with Julie several decades later when she famously apologised after knocking Des's coat off a chair

Re: Eric Burdon, Stevie Winwood, Long John Baldry, Julie Driscol

PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 12:05 am
by NormanD
I bought a 2nd-hand book last week, "American Folk Songs For Children", by Ruth Crawford Seeger.

The previous owner's name written in the front is J. Driscoll.

What are the chances?

Re: Eric Burdon, Stevie Winwood, Long John Baldry, Julie Driscol

PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 12:30 am
by Adam Blake
Oh wow...if I'd been in the audience I'd have been screaming too.

Re: Eric Burdon, Stevie Winwood, Long John Baldry, Julie Driscol

PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 2:25 am
by Jonathan E.
NormanD wrote:I bought a 2nd-hand book last week, "American Folk Songs For Children", by Ruth Crawford Seeger.

The previous owner's name written in the front is J. Driscoll.

What are the chances?

Another "Wow!" — the mind boggles. But surely it would have to have been awhile ago she would have owned the book since she's been Julie Tippetts for some time now. And maybe the book is that old — fascinating.

Re: Eric Burdon, Stevie Winwood, Long John Baldry, Julie Driscol

PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 3:01 pm
by Paul S
That's a fantastic clip.
Who'd be the modern equivalent of Burdon, Baldry, Stewart & Driscoll these days if you could arrange a similar situation? I couldn't begin to think...

I once shared the same stage as Long John Baldry and the Stones in '64.
I was 13 - with the job of leading one half of the heavy screen curtains across the stage avoiding the mic stands, etc between acts at the local Odeon when the tour arrived.
My pal had the other half and we'd meet in the middle. Frightened stiff, we were.
When Steam Packet/Shotgun Express (can't remember which) came offstage, Baldry very politely asked the female singer (dark hair... Beryl Marsden?) if she minded that he touched her shoulder as part of the act during one of the songs. A true gent.
Best part was the 'compere', who asked me if I knew the Stones' names. He then wrote them on his palm in biro, so he could introduce them one by one. I regret to this day that I answered truthfully.

Re: Eric Burdon, Stevie Winwood, Long John Baldry, Julie Driscol

PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 3:12 pm
by Adam Blake
I sat in on an interview with Baldry once. Not long before he passed. Amazing character. Six foot five in a cape and brandishing a cane. A total gent. The only time he swore was when the name John Mayall was mentioned.

Re: Eric Burdon, Stevie Winwood, Long John Baldry, Julie Driscol

PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 6:45 am
by kas
Steampacket were legendary enough to have caused ripples even in these parts, at least afterwards. I read about them sometime in my youth in the late 1970's, when local rock magazines were still essentially made by rock fans for other rock fans (think of Sounds rather than NME).

Now I can see why they became a legend. Thanks a lot for that steaming clip!

Re: Eric Burdon, Stevie Winwood, Long John Baldry, Julie Driscol

PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 3:47 pm
by uiwangmike
Long John with the Vernons Girls, taking I'm Movin' On to places unexplored by Hank Snow. Years of checking football pools coupons seem have turned the girls pretty mean. Could the National Lottery Girls ever compare?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXzznwi0 ... re=related

Re: Eric Burdon, Stevie Winwood, Long John Baldry, Julie Driscol

PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 5:03 pm
by Adam Blake
Oh what treats! But even if the Vernons Girls could have been as sweet as pie, they wouldn't have got past first base with Long John. Dave Davies, on the other hand, was in like Flynn. Makes you wonder - Baldry was the closest thing thing to Howlin' Wolf we ever had, except that he was gay. He should have been a massive star.

Re: Eric Burdon, Stevie Winwood, Long John Baldry, Julie Driscol

PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 5:49 pm
by NormanD
I have seen a post elsewhere about Howlin' Wolf appearing on Juke Box Jury
...I remember seeing him as one of the mystery guests on Juke Box Jury (64?). I was 14 and loving it while my dear old mum and dad were bewildered and panellist Jimmy Edwards ridiculed Smokestack Lightnin – said he sounded like an animal. So they duly voted it a miss (it wasn’t) and David Jacobs revealed Wolf who had to walk along shaking their hands. It looked for a moment like this giant of a man might flatten Edwards! (Whacko!)
http://pompeypop.wordpress.com/2010/06/

A comment elsewhere suggests that another panelist was Katie Boyle. Now I do remember her giving the thumbs down to - in fact condemning - "I Want You" by Bob Dylan for its sexual eroticism (though she couldn't bring herself to use such words).

Going back to John Baldry, he did have periods of mental illness, which may not have been helped by hanging around with Graham Bond or (allegedly) dabbling in Crowleyism. I recall an episode of him being busted for satanic pranks in Hampstead Cemetery. I agree that he was one of Britain's finest blues singers and his recorded legacy does not do him justice.

Re: Eric Burdon, Stevie Winwood, Long John Baldry, Julie Driscol

PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 8:25 pm
by john poole
NormanD wrote:I have seen a post elsewhere about Howlin' Wolf appearing on Juke Box Jury
...I remember seeing him as one of the mystery guests on Juke Box Jury (64?). I was 14 and loving it while my dear old mum and dad were bewildered and panellist Jimmy Edwards ridiculed Smokestack Lightnin – said he sounded like an animal. So they duly voted it a miss (it wasn’t) and David Jacobs revealed Wolf who had to walk along shaking their hands. It looked for a moment like this giant of a man might flatten Edwards! (Whacko!)
http://pompeypop.wordpress.com/2010/06/

A comment elsewhere suggests that another panelist was Katie Boyle.

I (vaguely) remember seeing this, although I think that rather than 'Smokestack Ligtnin', the Wolf was promoting a later record which did turn out to be a "miss". Lonnie Donegan voted it a hit I think.

Re: Eric Burdon, Stevie Winwood, Long John Baldry, Julie Driscol

PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 2:29 pm
by Paul S
Juke Box Jury stories pt2:
Panel member Gene Pitney on being asked his opinion of The Anglos' "Incense"
mumbled something about it being an inappropriate topic for a pop song.

In fact, Juke Box Jury was actually hosted by David Cameron. I'm sure that's him...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3y-wNnh3g0

Re: Eric Burdon, Stevie Winwood, Long John Baldry, Julie Driscol

PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 6:51 pm
by Martin Owen
Fab....

I remember Steampacket playing at the Royal Lido Ballroom Prestatyn. (oh Lynda Bowen - where are you now?).

LJB immortalized the role of Dr Robotnik in "Sonic the Hedgehog - The Movie"

Re: Eric Burdon, Stevie Winwood, Long John Baldry, Julie Driscol

PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2016 8:51 am
by john poole
NormanD wrote:I have seen a post elsewhere about Howlin' Wolf appearing on Juke Box Jury
...I remember seeing him as one of the mystery guests on Juke Box Jury (64?). I was 14 and loving it while my dear old mum and dad were bewildered and panellist Jimmy Edwards ridiculed Smokestack Lightnin – said he sounded like an animal. So they duly voted it a miss (it wasn’t) and David Jacobs revealed Wolf who had to walk along shaking their hands. It looked for a moment like this giant of a man might flatten Edwards! (Whacko!)

A further recent mention elsewhere of the time that Howlin' Wolf was a surprise guest on Juke Box Jury, prompted a little research and I now believe that this was the week in question-
http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/abf5eb2ae298 ... d74f9f0b5b
and this was the record -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNFXMOqKeWc
released here on Pye International at the end of the previous week and sadly not a hit
http://www.45cat.com/record/7n25283