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Monday, 9 August 2010

John Knightsbridge (guitar)


BANDS:
  • Third World War [1971-1972]
  • Gnidrolog [1973]
  • Telemacque
  • Hug [1975]
  • Illusion [1976-1979]
  • Dana Gillespie Band [1978]
  • Frankie Reid & The Powerhouse
  • Roy Hill Band [1979-Jul 80]
  • Strawbs [Jul 80-1980]
  • Ruthless Blues [1979-1983]
  • The Yardbirds [Mar 83-1983]
  • Ruthless Blues [1984-1987]
  • Ruthless Blues [1991-Feb 99]

BIOGRAPHY:

Great guitarist, he sadly remains very underrated!!

I think his first bands were in Germany, but can´t find any info about that period. So, if someone can help, it would be very appreciated!


THIRD WORLD WAR


In 1971, the band recruits new musicians for a tour:

THIRD WORLD WAR #?
1971-1972
Terry Stamp
vocals, guitar
Jim Avery
bass
John Hawken
keyboards
Paul Olsen
drums

In 1972, they change drummer for the recording of their 2nd album, Third World War II. This was the lineup:

THIRD WORLD WAR #?
1972
Terry Stamp
vocals, guitar
Jim Avery
bass
John Hawken
keyboards
Jim Price
sax
Craig Collinge
drums

There were more lineups at the very end of the band, without Hawken and Stamp, but can´t find the complete info. Can someone help, please?


GNIDROLOG


John joined Gnidrolog around 1973, after some internal problems in the band that led Nigel Pegrum and Stewart Goldring to abandon. This was the new lineup:

GNIDROLOG #?
1973
Colin Goldring
vocals, guitar
Pete Cowling
bass
Benny ?
drums

But things never were the same, and after six months, they split.


TELEMACQUE


John was a member of this band, but haven´t been able to find info about them. Help, please!


HUG


This was the 1975 lineup for a band called Hug. It was formed by original Manfred Mann's drummer, Mike Hugg:

HUG #?
1975
Mike Hugg
vocals, keyboards
Marcus James
bass
Ron Telemacque
drums

They released an album, Neon dream, before disbanding.


ILLUSION



Illusion


In 1975, the original members of Renaissance started thinking about reforming the band. Since the band was still active, they decided using the name of their 2nd album as band name. That's how Illusion was born. They recorded some demos, trying to get a recording contract. But again, disgrace came when Keith Relf was electrocuted in his flat in Whitton on May 14th, 1976. They decided carrying on with new members, and that's when Knightsbridge joined them:

ILLUSION #?
1976-1979
Jane Relf
vocals
Jim McCarty
vocals
Louis Cennamo
bass
John Hawken
keyboards
Eddie McNeil
drums

They released an album, Out of the mist. Their 2nd album was called Illusion, being produced by Paul Samwell-Smith.

They started recording a 3rd album, but due to lack of interest, the band decided calling it a day in late 1979. Fortunately, these songs have finally been released in 1989, forming the album, Enchanted caress. The album also features the last recording ever made by Keith Relf, a song called ´All the falling angels´, and guest appearances by Chas Cronk (bass) and Tony Fernandez (drums).


DANA GILLESPIE BAND


This was one of the many lineups for the wonderful Dana Gillespie Band around 1978:

DANA GILLESPIE BAND #?
1978
Dana Gillespie
vocals
Barbara Spitz
guitar
Neil Korner
bass
Tony Hall
keyboards
John Hawken
keyboards
John Barker
drums


FRANKIE REID & THE POWERHOUSE


John played from time to time with this band, as it also featured his mates Craig Collinge and John Hawken, but can´t find info about the lineups or the period when this happened. Help, please!


ROY HILL BAND


Around 1979, this was the Roy Hill Band:

ROY HILL BAND #?
1979-Jul 80
Roy Hill
vocals
Chas Cronk
bass
Bimbo Acock
sax
Tony Fernandez
drums
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But when Roy Hill joins Strawbs, the complete band goes with him.


STRAWBS


This was the Strawbs in July 1980, having recruited the complete Roy Hill Band:

STRAWBS #?
Jul 80
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Roy Hill
vocals
Brian Willoughby
guitar, vocals
Chas Cronk
bass
Andy Richards
keyboards
Bimbo Acock
sax
Tony Fernandez
drums

But people missed the original vocalist, Dave Cousins, so after a couple of gigs, they decided not carrying on (Strawbs reformed soon later with some of the original members, without John).


RUTHLESS BLUES


This was the original lineup of the great band Ruthless Blues, around 1979:

RUTHLESS BLUES #1
1979-1981
Jeremy Truelove
harmonica
Dave Blake
guitar
Paul McCallum
bass
Jim McCarty
drums

Jeremy Truelove left the band in 1981.

New harmonicist for Ruthless Blues was the famous Johnny Mars, who joined around 1981:

RUTHLESS BLUES #2
1981-1982
Johnny Mars
vocals, harmonica
Dave Blake
guitar
Paul McCallum
bass
Jim McCarty
drums

Dave Blake left them in 1982, reducing the band to a quartet.

This was Rutless Blues in 1982:

RUTHLESS BLUES #3
1982-1983
Johnny Mars
vocals, harmonica
Paul McCallum
bass
Jim McCarty
drums

The band split for a while when Jim McCarty reformed the Yardbirds in 1983.


THE YARDBIRDS


In March 1983, Jim McCarty reforms The Yardbirds, and John Knightsbridge is called to be the lead guitarist:

THE YARDBIRDS #?
Mar 83-?
Mark Feltham
harmonica
Chris Dreja
guitar
Paul Samwell-Smith
bass
Jim McCarty
drums, vocals

But, after a few months, they turned into Box of Frogs, without Knightsbridge.


RUTHLESS BLUES (again)


After a short split, Rutless Blues comes to life again in 1984 with veteran drummer Tony Fernandez instead of their original member Jim McCarty:

RUTHLESS BLUES #4
1984
Johnny Mars
vocals, harmonica
Paul McCallum
bass
Tony Fernandez
drums

But Johnny Mars left that same year 1984.

Now Rutless Blues changes harmonica for sax with the arrival of the fantastic John ´Irish´ Earle in 1985:

RUTHLESS BLUES #5
1985
Paul McCallum
bass
Tony Fernandez
drums

But Earle´s stay was quite brief.

In 1985, Steve Smith joins on harmonica:

RUTHLESS BLUES #6
1985
Steve Smith
vocals, harmonica
Paul McCallum
bass
Tony Fernandez
drums

This lineup remained together until 1986.

In 1986, John ´Irish´ Earle rejoins Ruthless Blues, becoming a quintet:

RUTHLESS BLUES #7
1986
Steve Smith
vocals, harmonica
Paul McCallum
bass
Tony Fernandez
drums

But original member Paul McCallum left the band in 1987.

New bassist for Ruthless Blues in 1987 is Martyn Taylor:

RUTHLESS BLUES #8
1987
Steve Smith
vocals, harmonica
Martyn Taylor
bass
Tony Fernandez
drums

They released the album Ruthless Blues. But the band stopped working for a second time this same year.


AND THEN...


I don´t know what John did between 1987 and 1991. Any clue?


RUTHLESS BLUES (again)


In 1991, Ruthless Blues comes to life again with the same musicians from their last lineup with the only change of bassist, now with the superb Peter Rees:

RUTHLESS BLUES #9
1991
Steve Smith
vocals, harmonica
Peter Rees
bass
Tony Fernandez
drums

But Rees stayed only some months in the band.

Peter Rees is replaced by Andy Herbert, still in 1991:

RUTHLESS BLUES #10
1991
Steve Smith
vocals, harmonica
Andy Herbert
bass
Tony Fernandez
drums

And I´m not sure, but I think they split again. Can someone confirm me that, please?

New lineup for Ruthless Blues in 1996, with another great bassist, Peter Stroud:

RUTHLESS BLUES #11
1996
Steve Smith
vocals, harmonica
Peter Stroud
bass
Tony Fernandez
drums

In 1997, John Earle left them.

So, in 1997, Ruthless Blues becomes a quartet again:

RUTHLESS BLUES #12
1997-Feb 99
Steve Smith
vocals, harmonica
Peter Stroud
bass
Tony Fernandez
drums

And in February 1999, Knightsbridge and Stroud left the band.


AND THEN...


I haven´t know any more things about John´s musical career. It´s like he´s disappeared. Can someone help me with info, please?

DISCOGRAPHY: (14 albums known to me - Status: Quite advanced)

ALBUMS AS A BAND MEMBER (9 credits)
  • Third World War 2 - Third World War (1972)

    • Members: Jim Avery, Craig Collinge, Ray Flacke, John Hawken, John Knightsbridge, Jim Price, Terry Stamp
  • Neon dream - Hug (1975)

  • Out of the mist - Illusion (1977)

    • Members: Louis Cennamo, John Hawken, John Knightsbridge, Jim McCarty, Eddie McNeil, Jane Relf
    • Technical: Dennis MacKay
  • Illusion - Illusion (1978)

    • Members: Louis Cennamo, John Hawken, John Knightsbridge, Jim McCarty, Eddie McNeil, Jane Relf
    • Producer: Paul Samwell-Smith
  • Ruthless! live at Kingston Poly - Ruthless Blues (1988)

  • Ruthless Blues - Ruthless Blues (1989)

    • Members: Tony Fernandez, Andy Herbert, John Knightsbridge, Steve Smith (RIP: John ´Irish´ Earle)
    • Guests: Dave Lennox, Gavin Povey
    • Technical: John Burns
    • Comments: CD reissue contains 2 bonus tracks.
  • Sure enough - Ruthless Blues (1992)

  • Enchanted caress - Illusion (11/1996)

    • Members: Louis Cennamo, John Hawken, John Knightsbridge, Jim McCarty, Eddie McNeil, Jane Relf (RIP: Keith Relf)
    • Guests: Chas Cronk, Tony Fernandez
  • Jane´s Renaissance - the complete Jane Relf recordings 1969-1995 - Jane Relf (11/2008)

    • Members: Louis Cennamo, Terry Crowe, Michael Dunford, John Hawken, John Knightsbridge, Neil Korner, Jim McCarty, Eddie McNeil, Jane Relf, Terry Slade, John Tout (RIP: Keith Relf)
    • Guests: Paul Samwell-Smith, Don Shinn, Chris Spedding, Jeff Wayne (RIP: Tommy Eyre)
    • Comments: Compilation including mostly tracks by Renaissance, Illusion and Stairway.
COMPILATIONS AS A BAND MEMBER (1 credit)
  • The Island recordings - Illusion (11/2003)

    • Members: Louis Cennamo, John Hawken, John Knightsbridge, Jim McCarty, Eddie McNeil, Jane Relf
    • Guests: (RIP: Robert Kirby)
    • Producer: Paul Samwell-Smith
    • Technical: Mike Bobak
ALBUMS WITH BANDMATES AND FRIENDS (2 credits)
  • Strange land - Box Of Frogs (05/1986)

    • Members: Chris Dreja, John Fiddler, Jim McCarty, Paul Samwell-Smith
    • Guests: Roger Chapman, Graham Gouldman, Steve Hackett, John Knightsbridge, Neil Lockwood, Dzal Martin, Max Middleton, Jimmy Page, Graham Parker, Juliet Roberts, Carol Thompson, Peter John Vettesse, Geraint Watkins (RIP: Ian Dury, Rory Gallagher)
  • Time machine - Rick Wakeman (1988)

    • Members: Tony Fernandez, Ashley Holt, David Paton, Rick Wakeman
    • Guests: John Knightsbridge, Roy Wood
    • Technical: John Burns
    • Comments: Recorded from June to October 1987.
SESSIONS (2 credits)
  • Warm Dust - Warm Dust (1972)

  • Silver eagle - Limey (1977)

    • Members: Ian Kewley
    • Guests: Bob Henrit, Paul Keogh, John Knightsbridge, Jim Rodford, Garth Watt-Roy, Tommy Willis (RIP: Tommy Eyre, Alan Spenner)

THANKS:

Very Special Thanks to:
  • Dave Blake: for info on Ruthless Blues and John.

  • Special Thanks to:
  • Brandon Kincade: for writing.
  • Ian Cook: for info on Ruthless Blues.
  • Tony Hobbs-Ainley: for writing.
  • Keith Pullen: for writing.

  • Thanks to:
  • my friend Alex Gitlin: for some scans as well as album credits on Limey.
  • Mark Saunders: for his review of Ruthless Blues gigs.
  • Kjell Kristiansen: for writing.
  • Gary Clarke: for writing.
  • Nigel Morris-Cotterill: for writing.
  • Jeb Castelo: for info.

  • WHAT'S NEW:

    09/August/2010 - Page added to the blog.
    02/October/2000 - Original page written by me (in the old site).

    RELATED MUSICIANS:

    John Knightsbridge mostly worked with these musicians: (name + number of credits)
    John Hawken (6)
    Jim McCarty (6)
    Louis Cennamo (5)
    Eddie McNeil (5)
    Jane Relf (5)
    Tony Fernandez (4)
    Paul Samwell-Smith (4)
    Doug Bogie (3)
    John Burns (2)
    John ´Irish´ Earle (2)

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    5 comments:

    1. John gave up playing completely,he got married and moved to America,I was a long time friend of Johns,there were some other cassette only releases from Ruthless Blues,recorded at the infamous"Angies" which I have somewhere,if I remember will dig out the info for you.
      Best Regards
      Richard
      PS I used to run a uk fanzine called Yardbirds World for around 15 years,

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    2. Thanks for the info, Richard. I'd love getting that info about the cassette releases from Ruthless Blues. And if the fanzine name tells about its content, I´ll let you know that all the Yardbirds members (past and present: from Keith Relf to Billy-Boy Miskimmin) will be featured in my site. If you don't mind writing me by email, I'd like to ask you one thing about a Yardbirds photo I have from a TV concert in Spain in the 80s. Thanks again.

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    3. Hi,
      you might be able to reach John on the Myspace set up,I know he has a page or two on there.

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    4. No joke, Johnny Knightsbridge lives next door to me in Carmel, Indiana....still playing...still strong....

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      1. Hi, Allen - please, when you see John, let him know about my page on him; I'd love to know from him, to speak about his career. He's so great!

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