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26 Mar 2017

Daddy Longlegs “Oakdown Farm” 1971 UK Prog Country Rock Vertigo Label

Daddy Longlegs “Oakdown Farm” 1971 UK Prog Country Rock Vertigo Label

Formed in 1968, they released their first album in March 1970 and played a mixture of blues and rock with country influences. Stephen Miller of Caravan played on their first albums, which rarely turn up.
Daddy Longlegs originally formed in 1968 with a line-up of Steve Hayton (guitar/vocals), Cliff Carrison (drums) and Kurt Palomaki (bass/clarinet) in their native America, but moved to England in 1969. They signed to Warner Brothers, recruited vocalist Mo Armstrong, and released the single, "High Again”/“To The Rescue” (WB 8012) and the “Daddy Longlegs” LP (WB 3004).
With both Armstrong and Hayton leaving soon after, Carrison and Palomaki recruited vocalist/pianist Pete Arnesen and guitarist/vocalist Gary “Norton” Holderman and became one of the first American acts to sign to Vertigo Records. The 12-track “Oakdown Farm” LP was released in 1971 (6360 038) and has remained a collectors item ever since with its current mint value put at about £20.
Arnesen left soon after the LP, teaming up with ex-Gracious bassist Tim Wheatley to form the more pop-based Taggett. Holderman, Palomaki and Carrison decided not to replace him and, signing to Polydor Records, released 1972’s “The Three Musicians” LP (Polydor 2371261) though by the time of the “Shifting Sands” LP (Polydor 2371323) Palomaki had left and the constant personnel changes that had dogged Daddy Longlegs career finally brought the band to an end, though still to this day their albums are some of the most sought-after by early 1970s records collectors…………….

“They are an American band, resident in Britain since late 1969. Daddy Longlegs were brought together two years earlier, however, by a wealthy backer from Chicago looking for the best rock talent in the Sates. He found Kurt Palmaki, the bass player, working in New York’s Electric Circus who was asked to play as many rhythms as he could using only two notes. Kurt got the job when he passed the 20 mark. Clif Carson, the drummer was discovered on the West Coast, selling the Berkeley Barb in the streets. His previous work with Chicago Slim’s Blues Band got him the gig with Daddy Longlegs. Steve Hayton, the group’s original lead guitarist was found picking Indian ragas for his dinner in a San Francisco curry house. Like many urban Americans, the band reacted agsanst the neurotic state of city life by moving to a farm in update New York, gradually fitting their music together and developing the feel of American country life. Later in their career they wainly tried to make the band work in New York before moving out to New Mexico. Then came their move to England. Moe Armstrong joined the band towards the summer of last year. A strange mixture of hillbilly and freak, Moe gave the band a feeling of humour and warmth, a feeling which has persisted even after Moe’s departure back to the States with his wife Joanie. Today he runs a puppet show in New Mexico. Steve Hayton left the band toward the end of last year, to be repalced with another American, Gary Holderman, at one time the guitarist for Roy Orbison and Bobby Vee. He was on the verge of accepting a job with Pacific Gas and Electric when he got the call to join Longlegs. A fourth member, Pete Arnesen on piano was added late last year.”…………………..

Moe Armstrong - Vocals
Cliff Carrison - Drums
Steve Hayton - Guitar, Vocals
Stephen Miller - Keyboards
Kurt Palomaki - Bass, Vocals
Peter Arnesen - Keyboards
Gary “Norton” Holderman
(Ivan Chandler - Keyboards)

1 Rubber Tyre
2. Double Decker
3. Please Believe Me
4. Lonely way
5. Sweet Louise
6. Wheeling & Dealing
7. Rusty Door
8. Gambling Man
9. Clara Bell
10. Night Shift
11. Moog
12. Boogie

Daddy Longlegs (Warner WS 3004) 1970
Oakdown Farm (Vertigo 6360038) 1971
(CD reissue: Repertoire, REP 4350-WP, 1993)
Three Musicians (Polydor 2371261) 1972
Shifting Sands (Polydor 2371323) 1972 

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