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Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Ian Cruickshank / Spit James (guitar)

(Also known as: Spit James)
BANDS:
  • Keef Hartley Band
  • Swing Guitars
  • Nigel Kennedy Group
  • Ian Cruickshank´s Gypsy Jazz

BIOGRAPHY:

Awesome guitarist; I fell in love with Spit James´ playing in Keef Hartley Band's first album, but at the same time, it was a difficult task trying to know more about him, as he seemed to have disappeared from music scene after leaving that band. But I was wrong, fortunately. Let's see what's the story.

I don't have any biographical data about him, and I don't know of any bands where he played prior to joining Keef.


KEEF HARTLEY BAND


One of the finest blues bands I've ever heard, believe me! This was the first incarnation of the band:

KEEF HARTLEY BAND #1
?
êNew Nadir
Owen Finnegan
vocals
Ian Cruickshank
guitar (as Spit James)
Gary Thain
bass
Dino Dines
keyboards
Keef Hartley
drums

They started recording their first album, but they felt something didn't work. So they changed the vocalist.

They try with a different vocalist, but again, no luck:

KEEF HARTLEY BAND #2
?
Sam Holland
vocals
Ian Cruickshank
guitar (as Spit James)
Gary Thain
bass
Dino Dines
keyboards
Keef Hartley
drums

But they finally called the great Miller Anderson to join as vocalist and lead guitarist, in November 1968:

KEEF HARTLEY BAND #3
Nov 68-?
Miller Anderson
guitar, vocals
Ian Cruickshank
guitar (as Spit James)
Gary Thain
bass
Dino Dines
keyboards
Keef Hartley
drums

Keef found in Miller a fantastic companion, a superb guitarist and singer, who composed most of the songs.

With Miller's voice, they release the fantastic album, Halfbreed, recorded in three days, with a funny introduction where you can hear John Mayall's conversation with Keef, when he tells him he's out of Bluesbreakers band. The track is appropiately named ´Sacked´. Dino (here, credited as Peter Dines) co-writes half of the tracks in the album. Notice has to be made about all the guitar parts in the album were recorded by Spit. Miller just included the vocals, no guitars.

In the album, there's a horn section to enrich their sound (mainly Hartley former bandmates in John Mayall band):

  • Henry Lowther (trumpet, violin)

  • Harry Beckett (trumpet)

  • Lyn Dobson (tenor sax, flute)

  • Chris Mercer (tenor sax)

  • But, after a while, Spit James left the band, leaving Miller Anderson as the only guitarist.

    Other info on members of Keef Hartley Band (I know up to 29 members)
    Already covered (7): Harry Beckett, Dave Caswell, Dino Dines, Keef Hartley, Lyle Jenkins, Chris Mercer, Nick Newell
    To be covered (21): Danny Allmark, Miller Anderson, Derek Austin, Mike Davis, Lyn Dobson, Martin Drover, Owen Finnegan, Sam Holland, Jimmy Jewell, Henry Lowther, Junior Marvin, Terry Noonan, Michael Rosen, Gary Thain, Ingrid Thomas, Barbara Thompson, Roger Wade, Derek Wadsworth, Mick Weaver, Pete Wingfield, Pete York


    AND THEN...


    After that, the name Spit James never appeared in any other album, except for a couple of sessions made while he still was in the band (see below for the credits). What happened? Disillusioned with the rock scene, he turned into jazz guitar, and started using his real name, Ian Cruickshank.


    SWING GUITARS


    In 1978, Ian started studying the music of jazz guitar genius Django Reinhardt, who has proved to be Ian's biggest influence in his playing. Then he formed a band called Swing Guitars:

    SWING GUITARS #?
    ?
    + others unknown to me. Help, please!



    NIGEL KENNEDY GROUP


    This was a jazzy group for Nigel Kennedy in 1984:

    NIGEL KENNEDY GROUP #?
    1984
    Nigel Kennedy
    violin
    Diz Disley
    guitar
    Nils Solberg
    guitar
    Jeff Green
    guitar
    Dave Etheridge
    bass

    Other info on members of Nigel Kennedy Group (I know up to 8 members)
    To be covered (2): Jeff Green, Mick Hutton


    GARY POTTER GROUP


    This is the Gary Potter Trio around 1991:

    GARY POTTER GROUP #?
    ?
    Gary Potter
    guitar
    Andy Crowdy
    bass

    Other info on members of Gary Potter Group (I know up to 8 members)
    To be covered (1): Herbie Flowers


    IAN CRUICKSHANK´S GYPSY JAZZ


    Ian is the founder and leader of Ian Cruickshank´s Gypsy Jazz band, formed more than 20 years ago. The combo hasn´t a stable lineup, appearing as a trio, quartet or even sextet. This is one of the lineups I know:

    IAN CRUICKSHANK´S GYPSY JAZZ #?
    ?
    Jez Cook
    guitar
    Jeff Green
    guitar
    Andy Crowdy
    bass
    Peter Morgan
    bass
    Mike Piggott
    violin

    This is a different configuration for Ian Cruickshank´s Gypsy Jazz as a trio:

    IAN CRUICKSHANK´S GYPSY JAZZ #?
    ?
    John Coverdale
    guitar
    Peter Morgan
    bass

    Other info on members of Ian Cruickshank´s Gypsy Jazz (I know up to 7 members)
    To be covered (2): Jeff Green, Mike Piggott

    Apart from playing, Ian is author of several books and instructional music videos. He also was co-producer and music coordinator for the Channel 4 TV documentary film ‘Django Legacy’ and runs a jazz record company, Fret Records.

    Music books written:
  • The guitar style of Django Reinhardt & the gypsies (1982)

  • From Rock to Jazz

  • Getting Started With Jazz Guitar

  • Django's gypsies - Mystique of Django Reinhardt and his People

  • Notes

  • The A to Z of Django


  • Ian has many forthcoming projects, including a new album and his autobiography. So, why not checking his own website for details? (see the link below).

    DISCOGRAPHY: (17 albums known to me - Status: Quite advanced)

    OWN ALBUMS (7 credits)
    • Ian Cruickshank´s Gypsy Jazz - Ian Cruickshank´s Gypsy Jazz (1993)

    • Swingin´ spirits - Ian Cruickshank with Pearl Django (1995)

    • Django meets the Duke - Ian Cruickshank´s Gypsy Jazz (1996)

      • Members: Ian Cruickshank
      • Guests: Alan Barnes (RIP: Johnny Van Derrick)
      • Comments: Half live.
    • Now and zen - Cruickshank / Morgan / Coverdale ( - )

    • Country and eastern - Ian Cruickshank & John Kitchin ( - )

    • Gypsy jazz guitar - Ian Cruickshank ( - )

    • Water gypsy - Ian Cruickshank ( - )

    ALBUMS AS A BAND MEMBER (3 credits)
    • Halfbreed - Keef Hartley Band (03/1969)

      • Members: Miller Anderson, Ian Cruickshank, Lyn Dobson, Henry Lowther, Chris Mercer (RIP: Harry Beckett, Dino Dines, Keef Hartley, Gary Thain)
      • Guests: John Mayall
      • Producer: Neil Slaven
      • Technical: Derek Varnals
      • Comments: In Halfbreed, there's a horn section to enrich their sound (mainly Hartley former bandmates in John Mayall band): Henry Lowther (trumpet, violin), Harry Beckett (trumpet), Lyn Dobson (tenor sax, flute), Chris Mercer (tenor sax). CD reissue by Deram contains 1 bonus track.
    • The Battle of North West Six - Keef Hartley Band (11/1969)

      • Members: Miller Anderson, Ian Cruickshank, Mike Davis, Lyn Dobson, Jimmy Jewell, Henry Lowther, Chris Mercer, Barbara Thompson, Mick Weaver (RIP: Harry Beckett, Keef Hartley, Gary Thain)
      • Guests: Mick Taylor, Ray Warleigh
      • Producer: Neil Slaven
      • Technical: John Punter, Derek Varnals
      • Comments: The battle of North West Six is their second album. It was still recorded with Spit James in the band, with contributions from Mick Taylor (The Rolling Stones) guesting on guitar on one track. Plus Mike Davis (trumpet), Harry Beckett (trumpet, flugelhorn), Lynn Dobson (tenor saxophone, flute), Chris Mercer (tenor saxophone), Barbara Thompson (baritone saxophone, flute) and Ray Warleigh (flute).
      • My opinion: Another superb album.
    • Not foolish, not wise - Keef Hartley Band (1999)

      • Members: Danny Allmark, Miller Anderson, Derek Austin, Dave Caswell, Ian Cruickshank, Mike Davis, Lyn Dobson, Martin Drover, Henry Lowther, Junior Marvin, Chris Mercer, Nick Newell, Terry Noonan, Michael Rosen, Ingrid Thomas, Barbara Thompson, Roger Wade, Pete Wingfield, Pete York (RIP: Harry Beckett, Dino Dines, Keef Hartley, Gary Thain, Derek Wadsworth)
      • Producer: Neil Slaven
      • Comments: In 1999 it has been released a new live album by the band. Not foolish, not wise comprises old live recordings, plus some studio tracks, recorded from 1968 to 1972. Sadly, it doesn't include any info about the musicians involved, so we just can´t but guess who appears there.
    COMPILATIONS AS A BAND MEMBER (1 credit) COLLECTIVE ALBUMS (3 credits)
    • The Gypsy jazz guitar festival ´98 - VVAA (1998)

    • The Gypsy jazz guitar festival ´99 - VVAA (1999)

      • Guests: Alan Barnes, Ian Cruickshank, Dave Green, Jeff Green (RIP: Diz Disley)
    • The Gypsy jazz guitar festival 2000 - VVAA (2000)

    SESSIONS (3 credits)
    • Fiends and angels - Martha Velez (1969)

      • Members: Martha Velez
      • Guests: Brian Auger, Jack Bruce, Eric Clapton, Jeff Condon, Ian Cruickshank, Christine McVie, Chris Mercer, Terry Noonan, Bud Parkes, Andy Silvester, Mick Weaver, Stan Webb (RIP: Johnny Almond, Duster Bennett, Dave Bidwell, Jim Capaldi, Keef Hartley, Paul Kossoff, Mitch Mitchell, Gary Thain, Derek Wadsworth, Chris Wood)
      • Producer: Mike Vernon
      • Technical: David Grinsted, Derek Varnals
      • Comments: Great collection of musicians for her debut: from Cream: Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce. From Traffic: Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood. From Keef Hartley Band: Keef Hartley (drums), Spit James (guitar), the late Gary Thain (bass), Mick Weaver (keyboards), Chris Mercer (sax). From Jimi Hendrix band: Mitch Mitchell (drums). From John Mayall: Johnny Almond (sax). From Free: Paul Kossoff (guitar). From Chicken Shack: Stan Webb (guitar), Andy Silvester (bass), Christine McVie (keyboards), Dave Bidwell (drums). Plus: Brian Auger (organ). The cream of British blues-rock.
    • Suite Django - Paul Vernon Chester ( - )

    • Otis Spann - Otis Spann ( - )

      • Members: (RIP: Otis Spann)
      • Guests: Bud Beadle, Ian Cruickshank, Steve Gregory (RIP: Ransom Knowling, Muddy Waters)
      • Comments: This albums was later reissued in 1969 with overdubs by Spit James, Steve Gregory, Bud Beadle, Rod M. Lee as Cracked spanner head.

    QUESTIONS:

    01. Has Ian played with Stephane Grappelli?


    RELATED WEBSITE LINKS: 8


    Official site(s) - tell them you saw the link here:

    From the always interesting Alex's Picks (by Alex Gitlin), we have:

    From the superb site Knights in Blue Denim: The British Blues Scene '68 - '70 (by Christer Fridhammar & Vanja), we have:

    Wikipedia doesn´t want to include links to this website, but I won´t do the same with them. So, from the great Wikipedia, we have:

    Assorted links:

    RELATED VIDEO LINKS: 10
    Disclaimer: I don´t own or upload any of the videos linked here. I just include links to live videos that are already available, in order to show the work of this musician. Anyway, if someone feels that some link shouldn't be included, please write me at the email address shown below. And if you know of more videos featuring Ian Cruickshank, please, also write me with the link.
    THANKS:

    Very Special Thanks to:
  • Ian Cruickshank: for answering me, confirming he and Spit James were the same person (2001).

  • Special Thanks to:
  • Tim Pratt: for his great presents (2001).

  • Thanks to:
  • Rob Wilson: for asking about Spit in my old guestbook. Now you have the answer. :) (2000).
  • Karl Stone: for asking about Spit in my old guestbook. Now you have the answer. :) (2000).
  • Alex Gitlin: my friend, for scans and albums (2001).
  • Stef Bilbo: for asking about Spit James (2001).
  • Dan Forte: for asking about Spit James (2002).
  • Keith Graham: big fan of Spit James, for asking about him (2005).
  • Roger Batchelor: for his comments on Spit James (2006).
  • Jim Allan: for asking about Spit James (2002).

  • WHAT'S NEW:

    30/November/2010 - Page added to the blog.
    04/April/2001 - Original page written by me (in the old site).

    RELATED MUSICIANS:

    Ian Cruickshank mostly worked with these musicians: (name + number of credits)
    Andy Crowdy (5)
    Keef Hartley (5)
    Chris Mercer (5)
    Gary Thain (5)
    Miller Anderson (4)
    Henry Lowther (4)
    Harry Beckett (3)
    Jez Cook (3)
    Dino Dines (3)
    Lyn Dobson (3)

    Page created by Miguel Terol on: 04/April/2001 - Last modified on: 01/December/2011. If you want to contribute with info, please write to: molympus1@gmail.com

    Please, note than you can check the indexes (musicians, bands, obituaries) at the top of this page.

    Friday, 26 November 2010

    Dino Dines (keyboards)

    (Also known as: Peter Dines)
    BANDS:
    • Apostolic Intervention [1966]
    • Wages of Sin [1968]
    • Keef Hartley Band [?]
    • Keef Hartley Band [1970]
    • Miller Anderson Band [1971]
    • Hemlock [Jan 73-74]
    • T Rex [Nov 74-Sep 77]
    • X-T-Rex [1993]
    • T Rextasy

    BIOGRAPHY:

    Fantastic keyboardist, he was the original keyboardist in one of my favourite bands ever, Keef Hartley Band. His real name was Peter Dines, but he also appeared credited with his nickname Dino Dines. He was born in Hertford, on December 17th, 1944.

    Dino Dines while in Hemlock



    APOSTOLIC INTERVENTION


    First band I know with Dino is Apostolic Intervention.

    This was the personnel for the band Apostolic Intervention in 1966:

    APOSTOLIC INTERVENTION #?
    ?
    Angus Shirley
    guitar
    Bob Argent
    bass
    Dino Dines
    keyboards
    Jerry Shirley
    drums

    Steve Marriott (who was to form Humble Pie with Jerry Shirley sometime later) gave the band a new song, ´(Tell Me) Have You Ever Seen Me´, that became the band´s first single. Marriott also acted as producer and played bass in the song as well as performing backing vocals.


    WAGES OF SIN


    Tim Renwick joins Wages Of Sin, circa 1968, replacing Ivan Carling:

    WAGES OF SIN #?
    1968
    Colin Freeman
    Dino Dines
    keyboards
    Vic Farrar
    Jerry Shirley
    drums


    KEEF HARTLEY BAND


    One of the finest blues bands I've ever heard, believe me! This was the first incarnation of the band:

    KEEF HARTLEY BAND #1
    ?
    Owen Finnegan
    vocals
    Ian Cruickshank
    guitar (as Spit James)
    Gary Thain
    bass
    Dino Dines
    keyboards
    Keef Hartley
    drums

    They started recording their first album, but they felt something didn't work. So they changed the vocalist.

    They try with a different vocalist, but again, no luck:

    KEEF HARTLEY BAND #2
    ?
    Sam Holland
    vocals
    Ian Cruickshank
    guitar (as Spit James)
    Gary Thain
    bass
    Dino Dines
    keyboards
    Keef Hartley
    drums

    But they finally called the great Miller Anderson to join as vocalist and lead guitarist, in November 1968:

    KEEF HARTLEY BAND #3
    Nov 68-?
    Miller Anderson
    guitar, vocals
    Ian Cruickshank
    guitar (as Spit James)
    Gary Thain
    bass
    Dino Dines
    keyboards
    Keef Hartley
    drums

    Keef found in Miller a fantastic companion, a superb guitarist and singer, who composed most of the songs.

    With Miller's voice, they release the fantastic album, Halfbreed, recorded in three days, with a funny introduction where you can hear John Mayall's conversation with Keef, when he tells him he's out of Bluesbreakers band. The track is appropiately named ´Sacked´. Dino (here, credited as Peter Dines) co-writes half of the tracks in the album. Notice has to be made about all the guitar parts in the album were recorded by Spit. Miller just included the vocals, no guitars.

    In the album, there's a horn section to enrich their sound (mainly Hartley former bandmates in John Mayall band):

  • Henry Lowther (trumpet, violin)

  • Harry Beckett (trumpet)

  • Lyn Dobson (tenor sax, flute)

  • Chris Mercer (tenor sax)

  • But, after a while, Spit James left the band, leaving Miller Anderson as the only guitarist.


    AND THEN


    I don´t know what Dino did meanwhile, but he finally rejoined Keef Hartley Band.


    KEEF HARTLEY BAND (again)


    Dino Dines comes back to the band for a while:

    KEEF HARTLEY BAND #7
    ?-Dec 70
    Miller Anderson
    guitar, vocals
    Gary Thain
    bass
    Dino Dines
    keyboards
    Keef Hartley
    drums

    But the new members don't stay long time in the band, and they leave the band in December 1970, after recording some superb sessions for BBC Radio 1.

    The band released Overdog, still with help from Dino Dines on keyboards and Colosseum drummer Jon Hiseman.


    MILLER ANDERSON BAND


    After releasing his solo album, Bright city, Miller Anderson assembled a band to make some concerts. Although he didn't tour, there are at least some sessions for the BBC in 1971. He called many of his friends that played in the album:

    MILLER ANDERSON BAND #1
    1971
    êKeef Hartley Band
    êKeef Hartley Band
    Miller Anderson
    guitar
    Gary Thain
    bass
    Dino Dines
    keyboards
    Pete Wingfield
    keyboards
    Lyn Dobson
    flute
    Eric Dillon
    drums
    Keef Hartley Bandê
    Keef Hartley Bandê

    They performed 4 songs for those sessions: ´To whom it may concern´, ´Shadows ´cross my wall´, ´On the ship to nowhere´ and ´High tide, high water´.


    HEMLOCK


    Around January 1973, Miller Anderson formed his own band with Mick Weaver, called Hemlock:

    HEMLOCK #1
    Jan 73-1974
    êKeef Hartley Band
    Miller Anderson
    guitar, vocals
    Jim Leverton
    bass
    Mick Weaver
    keyboards
    Dino Dines
    keyboards
    Eric Dillon
    drums
    Savoy Brownê
    Savoy Brownê
    Savoy Brownê

    They released a self-titled album, Hemlock, with help from Pete Willsher on steel guitar and Miller´s mate Chris Mercer on sax. They toured supporting Procol Harum in England in March 1973, followed by another tour supporting Savoy Brown and Uriah Heep. The band in the tour was advertised as Miller Anderson With Hemlock.

    In the tour, the chemistry between Kim Simmonds (leader in Savoy Brown) and Miller finished with the offer of forming a band together (a variation of Savoy Brown called The Boogie Brothers), and Miller took Hemlock´s rhythm section with him, so Hemlock´s life was quite short.


    AND THEN


    Dino was to join David Bowie live band, but finally, he joined instead glam band T.Rex, commanded by the great, much-missed Marc Bolan.


    T REX


    In November 1974, Dino Dines joins T Rex:

    T REX #?
    Nov 74-Dec 74
    Marc Bolan
    vocals, guitar
    Micky Finn
    percussion, vocals
    Jack Green
    guitar
    Steve Currie
    bass
    Dino Dines
    keyboards
    Gloria Jones
    keyboards, vocals
    Davy Lutton
    drums
    + 2 backing vocalists. Who were they?

    They recorded the album Bolan´s zip gun.

    After an American tour, Jack Green and long-time member Micky Finn left in December 1974.

    This is the new lineup for T Rex in January 1975:

    T REX #?
    Jan 75-1975
    Marc Bolan
    vocals, guitar
    Tyrone Scott
    guitar, vocals
    Steve Currie
    bass
    Dino Dines
    keyboards
    Gloria Jones
    keyboards, vocals
    Davy Lutton
    drums

    Their new album was Futuristic dragon. But Tyrone Scott didn't last too long in the band.

    Now, Marc Bolan assumes all the guitar duties in T Rex. This should be still in 1975, I think:

    T REX #?
    1975-Aug 76
    Marc Bolan
    vocals, guitar
    Steve Currie
    bass
    Dino Dines
    keyboards
    Gloria Jones
    keyboards, vocals
    Davy Lutton
    drums

    Gloria Jones left the band in August 1976 to become a mother.

    And then, Marc Bolan changes T Rex completely, only keeping Dino, who recruits his old mate Miller Anderson:

    T REX #?
    Aug 76-1977
    Marc Bolan
    vocals, guitar
    Miller Anderson
    guitar
    Herbie Flowers
    bass
    Dino Dines
    keyboards
    Tony Newman
    drums
    Donovan Bandê

    They only released an album, Dandy in the underworld. With lots of guests and former members: Gloria Jones (backing vocals), Scott Edwards (bass), Steve Currie (bass), Paul Humphrey (drums), Paul Fenton (drums), Davy Lutton (drums), and from Gonzalez: Chris Mercer (sax), Steve Gregory (flute), Bud Beadle (flute, sax), Colin Jacas (backing vocals).

    Miller left the band to join Donovan for a tour.

    With Miller Anderson´s exit, T Rex becomes a quartet again:

    T REX #?
    1977-Sep 77
    Marc Bolan
    vocals, guitar
    Herbie Flowers
    bass
    Dino Dines
    keyboards
    Tony Newman
    drums
    (died)ê

    But soon after, Marc Bolan´s tragic death happened in a car accident, on September 16th, 1977.

    Since that, dozens of post-humous albums have been released: some are live, some contain unreleased tracks, outtakes, etc. The original albums have also been reissued with lots of bonus tracks.


    AND THEN...


    And then, I haven't known of any musical ventures by him for many years. He probably kept on playing sessions, but I don't have more info. Can anybody help, please?


    X-T-REX


    As we can guess by the name, X.T.Rex was a sort of tribute to T.Rex. Miller and Dino Dines team with singer Darryl Read around 1993:

    X-T-REX #
    ?
    Darryl Read
    vocals
    Miller Anderson
    guitar
    Dino Dines
    keyboards
    + others unknown to me (maybe Paul Feldon?)

    They played a British tour.


    T REXTASY


    During the last years, Dino Dines was usually making guest appearances with another T. Rex tribute band, called T Rextasy, led by singer Danielz.

    T REXTASY #
    Danielz
    vocals
    Dino Dines
    keyboards
    + others unknown to me. Help!

    I think there are some live recordings by the band, joined by him and mate Miller Anderson. Can anyone confirm me that, please?

    And next thing I knew was very sad news. On January 29th, 2004, Peter Dines died. Rest in peace.

    DISCOGRAPHY: (20 albums known to me - Status: Quite advanced)

    ALBUMS AS A BAND MEMBER (15 credits)
    • (Tell me) Have you ever seen me (SINGLE) - Apostolic Intervention (04/1967)

      • Members: Jerry Shirley (RIP: Dino Dines)
      • Producer: (RIP: Steve Marriott)
    • Halfbreed - Keef Hartley Band (03/1969)

      • Members: Miller Anderson, Ian Cruickshank, Lyn Dobson, Henry Lowther, Chris Mercer (RIP: Harry Beckett, Dino Dines, Keef Hartley, Gary Thain)
      • Guests: John Mayall
      • Producer: Neil Slaven
      • Technical: Derek Varnals
      • Comments: In Halfbreed, there's a horn section to enrich their sound (mainly Hartley former bandmates in John Mayall band): Henry Lowther (trumpet, violin), Harry Beckett (trumpet), Lyn Dobson (tenor sax, flute), Chris Mercer (tenor sax). CD reissue by Deram contains 1 bonus track.
    • Bright city - Miller Anderson (1971)

      • Members: Miller Anderson, Eric Dillon, Lyn Dobson (RIP: Dino Dines, Gary Thain)
      • Guests: Madeline Bell, Neil Hubbard, Liza Strike, Mick Weaver (RIP: Harry Beckett)
      • Producer: Neil Slaven
      • Comments: Miller Anderson recorded his first solo album, Bright city, in 1971, soon after he left Keef Hartley Band. That's why we can find here many of his bandmates here: the late, much-missed Gary Thain, Mick Weaver and Peter Dino Dines.
      • My opinion: It's a fantastic and very fine album. Some of my favourite tracks are ´High tide, high water´ and ´Alice mercy´ to name a few, although all the tracks are really superb.
    • Overdog - Keef Hartley Band (04/1971)

      • Members: Miller Anderson, Dave Caswell, Lyle Jenkins, Ingrid Thomas, Mick Weaver (RIP: Dino Dines, Keef Hartley, Gary Thain)
      • Guests: Jon Hiseman (RIP: Johnny Almond)
      • Producer: Neil Slaven
      • Technical: Roy Thomas Baker, Robin Black, John Punter
      • Comments: Recorded during October 1970 to January 1971. The tracks from 1970 contain ex-members Dave Caswell, Lyle Jenkins and Dino Dines, who left the band in December, but the new band is Hartley, Anderson, Thain and Weaver.
    • Hemlock - Hemlock (1973)

      • Members: Miller Anderson, Eric Dillon, Jim Leverton, Mick Weaver, Pete Willsher (RIP: Dino Dines)
      • Guests: Chris Mercer, Chrissie Stewart
      • Producer: Neil Slaven
      • Technical: John Burns
    • Bolan´s zip gun - T Rex (02/1975)

      • Members: Paul Fenton, Gloria Jones, Davy Lutton (RIP: Marc Bolan, Steve Currie, Dino Dines, Micky Finn)
    • Futuristic dragon - T Rex (01/1976)

      • Members: Paul Fenton, Gloria Jones, Howard Kaylan, Davy Lutton, Tyrone Scott, Mark Volman (RIP: Marc Bolan, Steve Currie, Dino Dines)
      • Guests: B J Cole, Jimmie Haskell, Danny Thompson
    • Dandy in the underworld - T Rex (03/1977)

      • Members: Miller Anderson, Paul Fenton, Herbie Flowers, Gloria Jones, Davy Lutton, Tony Newman (RIP: Marc Bolan, Steve Currie, Dino Dines)
      • Guests: Bud Beadle, Scott Edwards, Steve Gregory, Steve Harley, Paul Humphrey, Colin Jacas, Chris Mercer
      • Comments: At the time of recording this album, this was the lineup for T.Rex: Marc Bolan (guitar, vocals) / Miller Anderson (guitar) / Herbie Flowers (bass) / Dino Dines (keyboards) / Tony Newman (drums). Other guests in the album: Gloria Jones (backing vocals, Marc Bolan's girlfriend), Scott Edwards (bass), Steve Currie (bass), Paul Humphrey (drums), Paul Fenton (drums), Davey Lutton (drums), and from Gonzalez: Chris Mercer (sax), Steve Gregory (flute), Bud Beadle (flute, sax), Colin Jacas (backing vocals).
    • Billy super duper - Marc Bolan & T Rex (10/1982)

      • Members: Paul Fenton, Herbie Flowers, Gloria Jones, Bill Legend, Davy Lutton, Tony Newman (RIP: Marc Bolan, Steve Currie, Dino Dines, Micky Finn)
      • Guests: Manny Elias, Stuart Gordon, Larry Stabbins
      • Comments: Unreleased recordings from 1972-1977.
    • Live 1977 - Marc Bolan & T Rex (1997)

      • Members: Miller Anderson, Herbie Flowers, Gloria Jones, Tony Newman (RIP: Marc Bolan, Steve Currie, Dino Dines)
      • Comments: Double live CD. The first CD contains concerts from March 1977, while the 2nd CD is a concert from November 1974, with a different lineup.
    • Dazzling raimant - T Rex (1997)

      • Members: Gloria Jones, Davy Lutton (RIP: Marc Bolan, Steve Currie, Dino Dines)
    • Prince of players - the alternate Dandy in the underworld - T Rex (08/1998)

      • Members: Miller Anderson, Herbie Flowers, Tony Newman (RIP: Marc Bolan, Dino Dines)
    • Not foolish, not wise - Keef Hartley Band (1999)

      • Members: Danny Allmark, Miller Anderson, Derek Austin, Dave Caswell, Ian Cruickshank, Mike Davis, Lyn Dobson, Martin Drover, Henry Lowther, Junior Marvin, Chris Mercer, Nick Newell, Terry Noonan, Michael Rosen, Ingrid Thomas, Barbara Thompson, Roger Wade, Pete Wingfield, Pete York (RIP: Harry Beckett, Dino Dines, Keef Hartley, Gary Thain, Derek Wadsworth)
      • Producer: Neil Slaven
      • Comments: In 1999 it has been released a new live album by the band. Not foolish, not wise comprises old live recordings, plus some studio tracks. Sadly, it doesn't include any info about the musicians involved, so we just can´t but guess who appears there.
    • Bump´n´grind - Marc Bolan & T Rex (07/2000)

      • Members: Miller Anderson, Paul Fenton, Howard Kaylan, Bill Legend, Davy Lutton, Tony Visconti, Mark Volman (RIP: Marc Bolan, Steve Currie, Dino Dines, Micky Finn)
      • Guests: Howie Casey, Sue Glover, Bridget St John (RIP: Vicki Brown)
    • Trip and glide in the ballrooms of T. Rextasy - T Rextasy ( - )

    COMPILATIONS AS A BAND MEMBER (3 credits)
    • Metal guru - T Rex (10/1997)

      • Members: Miller Anderson, Paul Fenton, Herbie Flowers, Jack Green, Gloria Jones, Howard Kaylan, Bill Legend, Tony Newman, Tyrone Scott, Mark Volman (RIP: Marc Bolan, Steve Currie, Dino Dines)
      • Guests: Bud Beadle, B J Cole, Scott Edwards, Steve Gregory, Steve Harley, Jimmie Haskell, Paul Humphrey, Chris Mercer
      • Producer: Tony Visconti
      • Comments: 7CD boxset comprising their latest studio albums as well as older tracks.
    • Solid gold rapid action - Marc Bolan & T Rex (08/1998)

      • Members: Herbie Flowers, Jack Green, Gloria Jones, Howard Kaylan, Bill Legend, Davy Lutton, Tony Newman, Mark Volman (RIP: Marc Bolan, Steve Currie, Dino Dines, Micky Finn)
      • Guests: Bud Beadle, David Bowie, J J Cale, B J Cole, Burt Collins, Steve Harley, Ian McDonald, Chris Mercer, Danny Thompson (RIP: Harry Nilsson)
      • Producer: Tony Visconti
    • 20th century boy - the ultimate collection - Marc Bolan & T Rex (08/2002)

      • Members: Howard Kaylan, Bill Legend, Davy Lutton, Mark Volman (RIP: Marc Bolan, Steve Currie, Dino Dines, Micky Finn)
      • Guests: Burt Collins, Sue Glover, Sunny Leslie, Ian McDonald, Barry St John (RIP: Vicki Brown)
      • Producer: Tony Visconti
      • Technical: Dan Hersch
    ALBUMS WITH BANDMATES AND FRIENDS (1 credit)
    • Collectomatic vol 1 - Darryl Read (1997)

      • Members: Bill Legend, John Tuck (RIP: Gus Yeadon)
      • Guests: Miller Anderson, Stevie Forest, Volker Janssen, Terry Stamp, Paul Thompson (RIP: Dino Dines)
      • Producer: (RIP: Tony Meehan)
    SESSIONS (1 credit)
    QUESTIONS:

    01. Did Dino play with Donovan?

    02. He also played with The Hollies and PP Arnold, but I can't find details. Help, please!

    03. Which was his relationship with the band Flasher? He appears in one of their albums (see below for the credit).


    RELATED WEBSITE LINKS: 9


    From the always interesting Alex's Picks (by Alex Gitlin), we have:

    From the superb site Knights in Blue Denim: The British Blues Scene '68 - '70 (by Christer Fridhammar & Vanja), we have:

    From the great site DME (by Dmitri Epstein), we have fantastic interviews:

    Wikipedia doesn´t want to include links to this website, but I won´t do the same with them. So, from the great Wikipedia, we have:

    Assorted links:

    THANKS:

    Special Thanks to:
  • Andrew: for telling me about the very sad news of Peter´s death.

  • Thanks to:
  • Alex Gitlin: my friend and great fan, for all his help and gifts regarding Keef Hartley and Miller Anderson recordings.
  • Justin Purington: for info on the lineup in Miller Anderson BBC recordings (1999).

  • WHAT'S NEW:

    26/November/2010 - Page added to the blog.
    19/July/2003 - Original page written by me (in the old site).

    RELATED MUSICIANS:

    Dino Dines mostly worked with these musicians: (name + number of credits)
    Miller Anderson (11)
    Marc Bolan (11)
    Steve Currie (10)
    Gloria Jones (8)
    Davy Lutton (8)
    Paul Fenton (6)
    Herbie Flowers (6)
    Bill Legend (6)
    Chris Mercer (6)
    Tony Newman (6)

    Page created by Miguel Terol on: 19/July/2003 - Last modified on: 28/November/2011. If you want to contribute with info, please write to: molympus1@gmail.com

    Please, note than you can check the indexes (musicians, bands, obituaries) at the top of this page.

    Wednesday, 24 November 2010

    Robbie Blunt (guitar)


    BANDS:
    • Big Gees
    • Southern Sound
    • Butch Clutch & The Excellerators
    • Bronco [1970-1972]
    • Silverhead [1973-1974]
    • Stan Webb Band [1974-Apr 75]
    • Broken Glass [1976-1977]
    • Chicken Shack [1977-1979]
    • Little Acre
    • Steve Gibbons Band
    • The Honeydrippers [1981-?]
    • Robert Plant Band [1973-Oct 85]
    • Chicken Shack
    • Julian Lennon Band

    BIOGRAPHY:

    Fantastic guitarist, very underrated. Robbie grew up in Wolverley near Kidderminster Worcs UK.


    BIG GEES


    This was a band from Kidderminster where a very young Robbie Blunt played:

    BIG GEES #?
    ?
    Elmer O´Shea
    guitar
    Mick Betson
    drums
    + others unknown to me. Help!


    SOUTHERN SOUND


    Robbie was also a member of a band called Southern Sound, that released a single in 1966. But don´t have any additional info.


    BUTCH CLUTCH & THE EXCELLERATORS


    Then, he joined Butch Clutch & The Excellerators. Again, I don´t know any other info, so some help here would be very appreciated.


    BRONCO


    Bronco was a superb band formed by powerful singer Jess Roden, in 1970:

    BRONCO #?
    1970-1972
    Jess Roden
    vocals, guitar
    Kevin Gammond
    guitar
    John Pasternak
    bass
    Pete Robinson
    drums
    Silverheadê

    Their first album, Country home, features Clifford T. Ward guesting on vocals. Their 2nd album was Ace of sunlight, recorded with help from Trevor Lucas (vocals), Mick Ralphs (guitar), Ian Hunter (keyboards).

    Around 1972, Roden and Blunt left the band.

    SILVERHEAD


    Robbie Blunt joined Silverhead, replacing their original guitarist, Stevie Forest:

    SILVERHEAD #?
    ?-1974
    êBronco
    Michael Des Barres
    vocals
    Robbie Blunt
    guitar, vocals
    Rod Davies
    guitar, vocals
    Nigel Harrison
    bass
    Pete Thompson
    drums

    They released a 2nd album, Sixteen and savaged, but the band broke up in 1974.


    AND THEN...


    Then, Robbie formed several short-lived bands, but I can't find proper info about them. Help, please!


    STAN WEBB BAND


    In October 1974, after Stan Webb´s short stint with Savoy Brown, he forms his own Stan Webb Band:

    CHICKEN SHACK #?
    Oct 74-Feb 75
    êSavoy Brown
    Stan Webb
    vocals, guitar
    Robbie Blunt
    guitar, vocals
    Bob Daisley
    bass
    Bob Clouder
    drums

    In February 1975, new drummer in Stan Webb Band is Jim Kroeven:

    CHICKEN SHACK #?
    Feb 75-Apr 75
    Stan Webb
    vocals, guitar
    Robbie Blunt
    guitar, vocals
    Bob Daisley
    bass
    Jim Kroeven
    drums
    Broken Glassê
    Broken Glassê
    Widowmakerê

    Around that time, Stan Webb changes the band name to Broken Glass, but Daisley and Kroeven soon leave.


    BROKEN GLASS


    Around 1976, Stan Webb (leader of Chicken Shack) starts a new project, Broken Glass with his bandmate Robbie Blunt:

    BROKEN GLASS #1
    1976-1977
    êStan Webb Band
    êStan Webb Band
    Stan Webb
    guitar, vocals
    Robbie Blunt
    guitar, vocals
    Rob Rawlinson
    bass
    Chicken Shackê
    Chicken Shackê

    They released a self-titled album, Broken Glass, with help from Miller Anderson (who also guested on some gigs), and produced by Tony Ashton. But in 1977, Stan Webb resurrected Chicken Shack (again with Blunt), so Broken Glass split.


    CHICKEN SHACK


    In 1977, Stan Webb resurrects mythical band Chicken Shack, keeping Robbie Blunt with him:

    CHICKEN SHACK #?
    1977
    êBroken Glass
    êBroken Glass
    Stan Webb
    vocals, guitar
    Robbie Blunt
    guitar, vocals
    Paul Martinez
    bass

    They recorded an album, The creeper, with help from Tony Ashton.

    After a while, Martinez left, and his replacement is Ray Knott, Spevock´s old mate in Babe Ruth:

    CHICKEN SHACK #?
    1977-1978
    Stan Webb
    vocals, guitar
    Robbie Blunt
    guitar, vocals
    Ray Knott
    bass

    but Knott left the band very soon.

    Steve York joined Chicken Shack around 1978, replacing Ray Knott:

    CHICKEN SHACK #?
    1978-1979
    Stan Webb
    vocals, guitar
    Robbie Blunt
    guitar, vocals
    Steve York
    bass

    This lineup released a very good album in 1978, That's the way we are, before Spevock left them in 1979.

    For a tour in 1979, the drum seat in Chicken Shack was filled by Louis Borenius:

    CHICKEN SHACK #
    Stan Webb
    vocals, guitar
    Robbie Blunt
    guitar, vocals
    Steve York
    bass
    Louis Borenius
    drums
    The Bucksê

    In 1979, all the members (except Stan Webb, of course) left the band.


    LITTLE ACRE


    He joined a band called Little Acre for some months, but again I don´t have any other info. Help, please!


    STEVE GIBBONS BAND


    Around 1979-1980, he joined Steve Gibbons Band. The lineups were very diverse, as many friends of Gibbons came to play when they were available. A new album is released in 1980, with this lineup:

    - Steve Gibbons (vocals, guitar)
    - Robbie Blunt (guitar)
    - Trevor Burton (bass, guitar, vocals)
    - Bill Paul (sax)
    - Nick Pentelow (sax)
    - Harry Rix (drums)

    The album was called Street parade. There are two different editions, as the German release hasn't the same tracks as the British release.


    THE HONEYDRIPPERS


    In March 1981, Robert Plant starts a low-key solo project, called The Honeydrippers, and calls his friend Robbie Blunt asking to join him:

    ROBERT PLANT BAND #?
    1981-?
    êLed Zeppelin
    Robert Plant
    vocals
    Ricky Cool
    harmonica
    Andy Silvester
    guitar
    Jim Wickman
    bass
    Keith Evans
    sax
    Kevin O´Neil
    drums
    Robert Plant Bandê
    Robert Plant Bandê

    3 years later (in 1984) they released a mini-LP, but I don't have it, so I can't know if Robbie is featured there. Does anybody know?

    The Honeydrippers mini-tour finished in June 1983, and two months later, Robert Plant decides starting his own solo career.


    ROBERT PLANT BAND


    Robert Plant forms his own Robert Plant Band, taking Robbie Blunt with him:

    ROBERT PLANT BAND #?
    1983
    êThe Honeydrippers
    êThe Honeydrippers
    Robert Plant
    vocals
    Paul Martinez
    bass
    Jezz Woodroffe
    keyboards
    Barriemore Barlow
    drums

    Pictures at eleven was recorded with help from Cozy Powell and Phil Collins on drums, as well as Raf Ravenscroft on sax.

    The live tour in 1983 shows Phil Collins guesting on the drum stool:

    ROBERT PLANT BAND #?
    1983
    Robert Plant
    vocals
    Paul Martinez
    bass
    Jezz Woodroffe
    keyboards
    Phil Collins
    drums

    Next album was The principle of moments, recorded with both Phil Collins and Barriemore Barlow on drums.

    In 1984, the drummer is the great, late Richie Hayward (from Little Feat), and they increase the live lineup with another missed musician, Bob Mayo, who acted as additional guitarist and keyboardist:

    ROBERT PLANT BAND #?
    1984
    Robert Plant
    vocals
    Paul Martinez
    bass
    Bob Mayo
    guitar, keyboards
    Jezz Woodroffe
    keyboards
    Richie Hayward
    drums

    Shaken´n´stirred was recorded when Bob Mayo had left:

    ROBERT PLANT BAND #?
    ?-Oct 85
    Robert Plant
    vocals
    Paul Martinez
    bass
    Jezz Woodroffe
    keyboards
    Richie Hayward
    drums

    But Plant sees how all the musicians leave him in October 1985.

    CHICKEN SHACK (again)


    In 1986, Chicken Shack lineup includes some ex-members such as Dave Winthrop or Robbie Blunt:

    CHICKEN SHACK #?
    1986-?
    Stan Webb
    vocals, guitar
    Robbie Blunt
    guitar, vocals
    Jan Connolly
    bass
    Dave Wilkinson
    keyboards
    John Gunzell
    drums

    But Winthrop had to leave after a while, due to health problems.


    AND THEN...


    And then, I have a very big gap (12 years!!) regarding Robbie Blunt´s musical activities. Please, can someone provide info regarding this period?


    JULIAN LENNON BAND


    In 1998, we find Robbie Blunt in Julian Lennon's band:

    JULIAN LENNON BAND #?
    ?
    Julian Lennon
    vocals, guitar
    Matt Backer
    guitar
    Simon Edwards
    bass
    Gregory Darling
    keyboards
    Manny Elias
    drums


    AND THEN


    I see Robbie´s name mentioned in albums but don´t know of other bands where he´s been a member. He appears from time to time as special guest with Deborah Bonham.

    DISCOGRAPHY: (33 albums known to me - Status: Quite advanced)

    ALBUMS AS A BAND MEMBER (14 credits)
    • Just the same as you / I don´t wanna go (SINGLE) - Southern Sound (1966)

    • Country home - Bronco (1970)

      • Members: Jeff Bannister, Robbie Blunt, Jess Roden (RIP: John Pasternak)
      • Guests: (RIP: Clifford T Ward)
    • Ace of sunlight - Bronco (1971)

      • Members: Robbie Blunt, Jess Roden (RIP: John Pasternak)
      • Guests: Ian Hunter, Mick Ralphs (RIP: Trevor Lucas)
      • Producer: (RIP: Rick Smith)
    • 16 and savaged - Silverhead (1973)

      • Members: Robbie Blunt, Rod Davies, Pete Thompson
      • Guests: John ´Rabbit´ Bundrick, Ian McDonald
    • Broken Glass - Broken Glass (04/1976)

      • Members: Robbie Blunt, Mac Poole, Rob Rawlinson, Stan Webb
      • Guests: Miller Anderson
      • Producer: (RIP: Tony Ashton)
      • Comments: Broken Glass was the band formed by Stan Webb, former bandmate in Savoy Brown: Stan Webb (guitar, vocals), Robbie Blunt (guitar), Rob Rawlinson (bass), Mac Poole (drums). This album was produced by keyboardist Tony Ashton (who also plays in it), and it contains Miller Anderson guesting on guitar and vocals. Recorded in November 1975.
    • Down in the bunker - The Steve Gibbons Band (1978)

      • Members: Robbie Blunt, Trevor Burton, Dave Carroll, Steve Gibbons, Bob Lamb, Nick Pentelow, Bob Wilson
      • Guests: David Katz
      • Producer: Bobby Pridden, Tony Visconti
      • Comments: Different CD reissues contain different bonus tracks. Some of these bonus tracks feature Robbie Blunt and Harry Rix.
    • The Creeper - Stan Webb´s Chicken Shack (08/1978)

    • That´s the way we are - Chicken Shack (07/1979)

    • Street parade - Steve Gibbons Band (1980)

      • Members: Robbie Blunt, Trevor Burton, Steve Gibbons, Bob Lamb, Nick Pentelow
      • Producer: Bobby Pridden
    • Pictures at eleven - Robert Plant (06/1982)

      • Members: Robbie Blunt, Phil Collins, Paul Martinez, Robert Plant, Jezz Woodroffe
      • Guests: Raf Ravenscroft (RIP: Cozy Powell)
      • Comments: The lead singer in Led Zeppelin started his solo career under his own name with this album. His band was: Robbie Blunt (guitar), Paul Martinez (bass), Jezz Woodroffe (keyboards, from Black Sabbath). As he hadn't a stable drummer, he used two of them for the album: Cozy Powell and Phil Collins. Also guesting here in 1 song, Raf Ravenscroft (sax).
    • The Principle of moments - Robert Plant (1983)

      • Members: Barriemore Barlow, Robbie Blunt, Phil Collins, Paul Martinez, Robert Plant, Jezz Woodroffe
      • Guests: John David, Ray Martinez
    • Shaken´n´stirred - Robert Plant (1985)

      • Members: Robbie Blunt, Paul Martinez, Robert Plant, Jezz Woodroffe (RIP: Richie Hayward)
    • Photograph smile - Julian Lennon (04/1998)

      • Members: Matt Backer, Robbie Blunt, Justin Clayton, Gregory Darling, Simon Edwards, Manny Elias, Julian Lennon
      • Guests: Paul Clarvis, Steve Sidelnyk
      • Technical: Bernie Grundman
    • Sixty six to Timbuktu - Robert Plant (11/2003)

      • Members: Justin Adams, John Baggott, Chris Blackwell, Robbie Blunt, Doug Boyle, Phil Collins, Clive Deamer, Francis Dunnery, Phil Johnstone, Charlie Jones, Paul Martinez, Robert Plant, Innes Sibun, Pete Thompson, Skin Tyson, Jezz Woodroffe (RIP: Richie Hayward, Michael Lee)
      • Guests: Martin Allcock, Ginny Clee, B J Cole, Dave Edmunds, Robin George, Owen Hale, Jools Holland, Gilson Lavis, Peter Lockett, Richard Marcangelo, Lynton Naiff, Jimmy Page, Hossam Ramzy, Nile Rodgers, Brent Rowan, Paul Shaffer, Steve Shone, Pete Willsher (RIP: John Bonham, Mick Green, Roy Hall, Alexis Korner, Kirsty MacColl, Keith Miller, Steve Miller, Rainer Ptacek)
      • Producer: Phill Brown, Donnie Fritts
      • Technical: Ian Cooper
    ALBUMS WITH BANDMATES AND FRIENDS (3 credits)
    • White nights - Phil Collins (1985)

    • The Old Hyde - Deborah Bonham (10/2004)

      • Members: Jerry Shirley
      • Guests: Robbie Blunt, Jason Bonham, Doug Boyle, Ronnie Caryl, Jem Davis, John Dominic, Andrew Findon, Mick Fleetwood, Julian Littman, Robbie McIntosh
      • Producer: Mo Foster
      • Technical: Simon Bishop
      • Comments: Second album by Deborah Bonham.
    • Duchess - Deborah Bonham (06/2008)

      • Members: Jerry Shirley
      • Guests: Robbie Blunt, Jason Bonham, B J Cole, Dave Pegg, Paul Rodgers, Geraint Watkins
    COLLECTIVE ALBUMS (2 credits)
    • A Very special Christmas vol 2 - VVAA (10/1992)

      • Guests: Gerald Albright, Sweet Pea Atkinson, Nuno Bettencourt, Gregg Bissonette, Robbie Blunt, Michael Bolton, Harry Bowens, Dennis Budimir, Mike Campbell, Danny Caron, Ron Carter, Lenny Castro, Sharon Celani, Gary Coleman, Jody Cortez, Jim Cox, Donna Davidson, Lynn Davis, Kevin Dukes, Brad Dutz, Don Felder, Aretha Franklin, Mitchell Froom, Jon Gilutin, Bob Glaub, Omar Hakim, Jerry Hey, Cliff Hugo, Phil Jones, Suzie Katayama, Jim Keltner, Phil Kenzie, Randy Kerber, Danny Kortchmar, Marty Krystall, Russ Kunkel, Michael Landau, Michael Lang, Cyndi Lauper, Dave Lebolt, Gayle LeVant, Darlene Love, Stan Lynch, Jeff Lynne, Lynn Mabry, Johnny Mandel, Jay Dee Maness, Greg Mathieson, Nicky Moore, Nicky Moroch, Chris Mostert, David Pack, David Paich, Chris Parker, Anthony Patler, Joel Peskin, Tom Petty, Tim Pierce, Steve Porcaro, Doc Powell, Bonnie Raitt, Emil Richards, Jimmy Ripp, John Robinson, Steve Schaeffer, Todd Sharp, Leland Sklar, Greg Smith, Neil Stubenhaus, Benmont Tench, Scott Thurston, Efrain Toro, Randy Waldman, Jai Winding, Paul Young (RIP: Gaylord Birch, Charles Brown, Chuck Domanico, Marty Paich, Frank Sinatra, Clifford Solomon, Richard Tee, Luther Vandross)
      • Producer: Gerry Brown, David Foster, Jimmy Iovine, Quincy Jones, Richard Perry, Phil Ramone, Don Was
      • Technical: Paul Brown, Ed Cherney, Steve Jackson, Stephen Marcussen, Al Schmitt, Erik Zobler
      • Comments: Benefit album featuring Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (with Robbie Blunt), Bonnie Raitt & Charles Brown, Darlene Love & Phil Spector, Extreme, Wilson Phillips, Run DMC, etc.
    • With a lot of help from our friends - VVAA (09/2004)

      • Guests: Robbie Blunt, Dave ´Bucket´ Colwell, John Dominic, Gary Grainger, Robert Hart, Kenny Jones, David Levy, Josh Phillips, Jerry Shirley, Rick Wills
    SESSIONS (10 credits)
    • Thinking back - Gordon Jackson (1969)

      • Guests: Robbie Blunt, Rocky Dzidzornu, Luther Grosvenor, Remi Kabaka, Jim King, Dave Mason, Poli Palmer, Julie Tippett, Steve Winwood (RIP: Jim Capaldi, Patrick Gammon, Ric Grech, Reg King, Chris Wood)
      • Comments: Here we can find the original Traffic lineup: Steve Winwood, Dave Mason, Jim Capaldi and Chris Wood, plus members of Family: Ric Grech, Jim King and Poli Palmer. Could this be the origin of Ric's choice for Blind Faith? Who knows. More great guests: Julie Driscoll (vocals), Luther Grosvenor (vocals), Robbie Blunt (sitar), and Remi Kabaka (percussion).
    • Sirius - Clannad (10/1987)

      • Guests: Robbie Blunt, Richie Cannata, Mel Collins, Philip Donnelly, Bruce Hornsby, Russ Kunkel, Richard Niles, Steve Perry, John David Souther, Peter John Vettesse, Jai Winding
      • Producer: (RIP: Greg Ladanyi)
      • Technical: Doug Sax
    • Shooting rubber bands at the stars - Edie Brickell & New Bohemians (1988)

      • Guests: Robbie Blunt, Chris Whitten, Paul ´Wix´ Wickens
      • Technical: George Marino
    • See the light - The Jeff Healey Band (1988)

      • Members: (RIP: Jeff Healey)
      • Guests: Robbie Blunt, Bobbye Hall, Kipp Lennon, Michael Lennon, Pat Lennon, Marilyn Martin, Timothy B Schmit, Benmont Tench
      • Producer: Jimmy Iovine (RIP: Greg Ladanyi)
      • Technical: Doug Sax
    • Hard roads - Jazz Devils (1990)

      • Guests: Robbie Blunt, Steve Gregory, Nigel Hitchcock, Richard Sidwell, Steve Sidwell, Paul Spong
    • Busman´s holiday - John Kilzer (1991)

      • Guests: Robbie Blunt, Simon Edwards, Bruce Hornsby, Phil Parlapiano, Julia Tillman Waters, Chris Whitten, Paul ´Wix´ Wickens, Maxine Willard Waters
      • Technical: Ed King, George Marino
    • One night in time - Donovan (1993)

      • Members: Jim Keltner
      • Guests: Robbie Blunt, Laurence Juber, Matthew Seligman
      • Comments: Collection of unreleased tracks.
    • In thrall - Murray Attaway (03/1993)

      • Guests: Alex Acuna, Robbie Blunt, Jon Brion, Jackson Browne, Gary Ferguson, Jim Keltner, Aimee Mann, David Mansfield, Pat Mastelotto, Steve Nieve, Sid Page, Steven Soles, Benmont Tench (RIP: Nicky Hopkins)
      • Technical: Chris Lord-Alge, Bob Ludwig
    • Playback - Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers (11/1995)

      • Members: Ron Blair, Steve Ferrone, Stan Lynch, Tom Petty, Benmont Tench, Lee R Thornburg, Scott Thurston (RIP: Howie Epstein)
      • Guests: Robbie Blunt, Rick Braun, Sharon Celani, Jim Coile, Kevin Dukes, Malcolm ´Molly´ Duncan, Donald ´Duck´ Dunn, Brad Dutz, Mitchell Froom, Jim Gordon, Emory Gordy, Bobbye Hall, Jerry Hey, Garth Hudson, Michael Hunter, Clydene Jackson, Jim Keltner, Phil Kenzie, Al Kooper, Gayle Levant, Jeff Lynne, Marilyn Martin, Kurt McGettrick, Stevie Nicks, Joel Peskin, Tim Pierce, Jimmy Ripp, Julia Tillman Waters, Efrain Toro, Chris Trujillo, Maxine Willard Waters (RIP: George Harrison, Richard Manuel, Jack Nitzsche, Dave Plews, Phil Seymour)
      • Producer: Jimmy Iovine, Robbie Robertson (RIP: Denny Cordell)
      • Technical: Ron Albert, Joe Gastwirt, Shelly Yakus
      • Comments: 6-CD boxset.
    • Il Cielo capovolto - Roberto Vecchioni (02/1996)

    COMPILATIONS (SESSIONS) (4 credits)
    • Pastpresent - Clannad (1989)

      • Members: Arran Ahmun, Ian Parker
      • Guests: Robbie Blunt, Mel Collins, James Delaney, Philip Donnelly, Bruce Hornsby, Russ Kunkel, Paul Moran, Charlie Morgan, Steve Perry, John David Souther, Peter John Vettesse, Jai Winding
      • Producer: Steve Nye (RIP: Tony Clarke, Greg Ladanyi)
    • Rogha - the best of Clannad - Clannad (01/1997)

      • Guests: Robbie Blunt, Mel Collins, Philip Donnelly, Bruce Hornsby, Tom Keane, Russ Kunkel, Peter John Vettesse, Jai Winding
    • Ultimate collection - Edie Brickell & New Bohemians (04/2002)

      • Guests: Cyro Baptista, Robbie Blunt, Chris Botti, Larry Campbell, Vivian Cherry, Larry Corbett, Steve Gadd, Bashiri Johnson, Bakithi Kumalo, John Leventhal, Jerry Marotta, Art Neville, Novi Novag, Sid Page, Pino Palladino, Shawn Pelton, Leon Pendarvis, Paul Simon, Brian Stoltz, Rob Wasserman, Chris Whitten, Paul ´Wix´ Wickens (RIP: Jerry Garcia, Barry White)
      • Producer: John Boylan, Roy Halee, Larry Rosen, Don Was
      • Comments: Compilation with tracks by the band, also some solo recordings by Edie Brickell, as well as 7 unreleased tracks.
    • A Magical gathering - the Clannad anthology - Clannad (04/2002)

      • Members: Ian Parker
      • Guests: Robbie Blunt, Vinnie Colaiuta, Mel Collins, Danny Cummings, Ed Deane, James Delaney, Philip Donnelly, Bruce Hornsby, Tom Keane, Russ Kunkel, Paul Moran, Charlie Morgan, Steve Nye, Frank Ricotti, John David Souther, Peter John Vettesse, Jai Winding (RIP: Frankie Kennedy)
      • Producer: (RIP: Tony Clarke, Greg Ladanyi)
      • Technical: (RIP: Fritz Fryer, Conny Plank)

    QUESTIONS:

    01. Robbie recorded some tracks with Nikki Squire (from the band Esquire), but don´t know if they appear in some album. Does anybody know?

    02. I still have to add the Robert Plant lineup with Roger Taylor on drums for the TV program Live On The Tube.

    03. Robert Plant also had 3 female backing vocalists for some live tour around 1985. Who were they? Does anybody know?


    RELATED WEBSITE LINKS: 6


    From the always interesting Alex's Picks (by Alex Gitlin), we have:

    From the superb site Knights in Blue Denim: The British Blues Scene '68 - '70 (by Christer Fridhammar & Vanja), we have:

    RELATED VIDEO LINKS: 16
    Disclaimer: I don´t own or upload any of the videos linked here. I just include links to live videos that are already available, in order to show the work of this musician. Anyway, if someone feels that some link shouldn't be included, please write me at the email address shown below. And if you know of more videos featuring Robbie Blunt, please, also write me with the link.
    • Silverhead - Rolling With My Baby
    • Silverhead live on TV in 1974. (Resolution: 360)
      Featuring: Robbie Blunt, Rod Davies, Michael Des Barres, Nigel Harrison, Pete Thompson.

    • Robert Plant - Worse Than Detroit
    • Robert Plant live in July 1982 with special guest Pete Townshend. (Resolution: 480)
      Featuring: Robbie Blunt, Phil Collins, Paul Martinez, Robert Plant, Pete Townshend, Jezz Woodroffe.

    • Robert Plant - Big Log
    • Robert Plant in a TV appearance in 1983. (Resolution: 360)
      Featuring: Robbie Blunt, Paul Martinez, Robert Plant, Jezz Woodroffe. Rest of the band unknown to me.

    • Robert Plant - Concert (part 3)
    • Robert Plant live in 1985. (Resolution: 360)
      Featuring: Robbie Blunt, Richie Hayward, Robert Plant, Jezz Woodroffe. Rest of the band unknown to me.

    • Robert Plant - Little By Little
    • Robert Plant live in July 1985. (Resolution: 240)
      Featuring: Robbie Blunt, Robert Plant. Rest of the band unknown to me.

    • Robert Plant - Young Boy Blues
    • Robert Plant live in July 1985. (Resolution: 240)
      Featuring: Robbie Blunt, Robert Plant. Rest of the band unknown to me.

    • Robert Plant - Every Little Bit Hurts
    • Robert Plant live in 1985. (Resolution: 240)
      Featuring: Robbie Blunt, Richie Hayward, Robert Plant, Jezz Woodroffe. Rest of the band unknown to me.

    • Robert Plant - All Your Love
    • Robert Plant live in 1985. (Resolution: 240)
      Featuring: Robbie Blunt, Richie Hayward, Robert Plant, Jezz Woodroffe. Rest of the band unknown to me.

    • Robert Plant - Concert (part 2)
    • Robert Plant live in 1985. (Resolution: 360)
      Featuring: Robbie Blunt, Richie Hayward, Robert Plant, Jezz Woodroffe. Rest of the band unknown to me.

    • Robert Plant - Georgia On My Mind
    • Robert Plant live in 1985. (Resolution: 240)
      Featuring: Robbie Blunt, Richie Hayward, Robert Plant, Jezz Woodroffe. Rest of the band unknown to me.

    • Robert Plant - Concert (part 4)
    • Robert Plant live in 1985. (Resolution: 360)
      Featuring: Robbie Blunt, Richie Hayward, Robert Plant, Jezz Woodroffe. Rest of the band unknown to me.

    • Robert Plant - Concert (part 5)
    • Robert Plant live in 1985. (Resolution: 360)
      Featuring: Robbie Blunt, Richie Hayward, Robert Plant, Jezz Woodroffe. Rest of the band unknown to me.

    • Robert Plant - Concert (part 1)
    • Robert Plant live in 1985. (Resolution: 360)
      Featuring: Robbie Blunt, Richie Hayward, Robert Plant, Jezz Woodroffe. Rest of the band unknown to me.

    • Mark Butcher - You´re Never Gone
    • Mark Butcher live with Deborah Bonham and Robbie Blunt. (Resolution: 360)
      Featuring: Robbie Blunt, Deborah Bonham, Mark Butcher. Rest of the band unknown to me.

    • Deborah Bonham - Love You So
    • Deborah Bonham live in 2007 with Robbie Blunt as special guest. (Resolution: 240)
      Featuring: Robbie Blunt, Deborah Bonham, Peter Bullick, Gerard Louis, Ian Rowley, Jerry Shirley.

    • Deborah Bonham - Big Log
    • Deborah Bonham live in 2009 with Robbie Blunt as guest. (Resolution: 480)
      Featuring: Robbie Blunt, Deborah Bonham. Rest of the band unknown to me.


    THANKS:

    Very Special Thanks to:
  • Steve York: for extensive info on Chicken Shack, as well as for many other things (2003).
  • Mac Poole: for info on Robbie (2003).
  • Rod Davies: for writing me asking (2006).

  • Special Thanks to:
  • Joseph Marton: for very interesting info on Robbie (2008).
  • Alex Gitlin: my friend, for writing his Pick on Silverhead as well as for many scans and help (2000).
  • Tim Pratt: for his enciclopedic knowledge about Chicken Shack (2000).

  • Thanks to:
  • Steven Graves: for telling me about a possible Robbie Blunt solo album (2004).
  • Steven Ward: for writing me (2001).
  • Mike Davis: for info on Robbie working with Chris Field (2003).
  • Brian: for info on Robbie´s first steps, and the Big Gees band (2006).
  • Bruce R Goyette: for asking (2003).
  • John Vasco: for sharing his memories on Bronco (2005).
  • Colin Knowles: for writing me (2003).

  • WHAT'S NEW:

    24/November/2010 - Page added to the blog.
    31/October/2000 - Original page written by me (in the old site).

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    Page created by Miguel Terol on: 31/October/2000 - Last modified on: 24/November/2010. If you want to contribute with info, please write to: molympus1@gmail.com

    Please, note than you can check the indexes (musicians, bands, obituaries) at the top of this page.