Thursday, August 02, 2007

Can Blue Men Sing the Whites?

Wow -- check out the guy warbling backup on this 1965 live clip of Steampacket featuring Brian Auger and the late Long John Baldry .

Yup, that's a pre-stardom Rod "The Mod" Stewart, as he was known back then. Wotta cutie.

Incidentally, Baldry started out as the r&b/blues purist you see above but by 1967 he had turned into a chart-topping MOR balladeer a la Englebert Humperdinck. Essentially, he played out the entire decades long arc of Stewart's career as one of rock's most reprehensible sell-outs in a breathless two years.

I met him briefly in the early 70s, when he did a show at my old school while touring behind an abortive comeback album with sides produced by Stewart and Elton John. A very nice guy and a pretty good blues-rock record, as I recall.

[h/t Brooklyn Girl]


Anonymous said...

Thanks! That's a very cool clip.

And the answer to your question is "Yes, they most definitely can."

The clothes are a trip, too.

Kid Charlemagne said...
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steve simels said...

The girl is Judy Driscoll. This is actually Steampacket.

My bad.


Kid Charlemagne said...

Vids up Steve. Sorry to drop the ball on this. Busy patch for me this week.

Kid Charlemagne said...

I love Julie Tippett (nee Driscoll) BTW!

steve simels said...

KC --

No problem. And don't worry about tomorrow -- no video on Weekend Listomania.

Feral said...

Thanks for that one, Steve. Had that LP years ago and never realized it was available on CD. Time to place an order.