Saturday, 28 April 2018

The John Dummer Blues Band “Cabal"1969 + "John Dummer Band” 1969 + “ John Dummer’s Famous Music Band” + “Blue” 1972 + “Oobleedooblee Jubilee"1973 + "The Lost 1973 Album” 2008 + “Nine by Nine”1995 CD Compilation UK Blues,Electric Blues, Blues Rock

The John Dummer Blues Band “Cabal"1969 + "John Dummer Band” 1969 + “ 
John Dummer’s Famous Music Band” + “Blue” 1972 + “Oobleedooblee Jubilee"1973 + "The Lost 1973 Album” 2008 + “Nine by Nine”1995  CD Compilation  UK Blues,Electric Blues, Blues Rock
John Dummer Band “Bullfrog Blues” 1969 on dailymotion

“Cabal"1969 full vk

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"John Dummer Band” 1969 full vk
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“John Dummer`s Famous Music Band” 1970

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The John Dummer Band Featuring Nick Pickett “Blue” 1972 

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“Oobleedooblee Jubilee” 1973 

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“The Lost 1973″ Album 2008

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“Nine by Nine”1995 CD Compilation  full vk

The John Dummer`s Blues Band on vk

Interview with musician/writer John Dummer - one of the most exciting drummers of Brit blues boom of 60s by Michalis Limnios

The Blues Band “ Official Blues Band Bootleg Album” 1980 full vk

Dave Kelly “ Standing At The Crossroads: 1987 full vk

The Blues Band  Official Blues Band Bootleg Album 1980 full vk

Jo Ann Kelly & Peter Emery “ Buckinghamshire, England “1975 full vk

The John Dummer Band also known as John Dummer’s Blues Band, John Dummer’s Famous Music Band, John Dummer’s Oobleedooblee Band and The John Dummer Band Featuring Nick Pickett[1] was a British blues band, of the 1960s and 1970s, was noted for its extensive roster of members, including Graham Bond, Dave Kelly, Jo Ann Kelly, Tony McPhee Bob Hall, John O'Leary and Pick Withers, and for supporting US bluesmen such as Howlin’ Wolf and John Lee Hooker on UK tours.
The band was formed by drummer John Dummer (born Anthony John Dummer 19 November 1944, Surbiton, Surrey). He formed Lester Square and the G.T’s in 1963 with Chris Trengove (alto sax & vocals) and Elton Dean (tenor sax, later of Soft Machine) and toured the UK and Germany for two years.

Dummer formed the John Dummer Blues Band in 1965. The original line-up was John Dummer (vocals, harmonica), Roger Pearce (guitar) and Pete Moody (bass)- both recruited from London r'n'b band The Grebbels – plus Bob Hall (piano) and Dave Bidwell (drums). Moody later left to be replaced by Tony Walker (bass) and his sister Regine Walker joined Dummer as a second vocalist. Featured guitarist was Tony ‘Top’ Topham the original Yardbirds guitarist. The band changed its line-up and began a regular Sunday afternoon residency at the Studio 51 Club in London’s West End. Dummer had moved onto drums, and Dave Kelly and Tony McPhee joined as guitarist/vocalists, with Iain “Thump” Thomson (bass) and John O'Leary (harmonica). Dave’s sister, Jo-Ann Kelly, was also a regularly featured vocalist at these sessions. The band picked up a following at the club with visiting artists such as John Mayall, Keef Hartley, Champion Jack Dupree, Long John Baldry, Duster Bennett and Alexis Korner. The band was signed to Mercury Records and their first album, Cabal, was released in 1968. Dave and Jo-Anne Kelly and Tony McPhee were featured artists, and the band was the same as had regularly played the Studio 51 Club. Tony McPhee left the band shortly after to re-form The Groundhogs. 

The second album, The John Dummer Blues Band, featured Dummer, Hall, Thomson, Dave and Jo Ann Kelly (vocals), with a new lead guitarist Adrian “Putty” Pietryga from The Deep Blues Band from Bristol. This band toured extensively in Britain and Europe for two years. 

By the third album, John Dummer’s Famous Music Band (1970), Dave Kelly and Bob Hall had left to be replaced by Nick Pickett (guitar, violin and vocals) Pietryga and Thomson remained, being augmented by Chris Trengove (alto sax).

After the third album the band “drifted apart”, only to reform to record again when their instrumental “Nine By Nine”, featuring violinist Nick Pickett, was number 1 in France. The 1972 album Blue, released as the John Dummer Band, featured a cover by Roger Dean, whilst the band had shrunk to a four-piece blues-rock band, comprising Dummer, Pickett, Pietryga and Thomson. The band’s fifth album, Oobleedoobleejubilee (1973), released as John Dummer’s Oobleedooblee Band, had a country music style,[4] whilst the line-up again included the Kellys, along with Michael Evans (violin) and Roger Brown (vocals). The band’s final album, recorded in 1973, included Graham Bond (saxophone), Pick Withers (drums), Pete Emery (guitar) and Colin Earl (Foghat) (keyboards), but the album was shelved, and the band broke up in 1974. This final album was eventually released in 2008, as the Lost 1973 Album.
Dummer became a promotion manager; spending three years at MCA Records and a year at Elektra Records, before joining A&M Records. In 1977 he became the drummer with Darts, with former Dummer Band members “Thump” Thomson and guitarist George Currie, who had earlier re-formed with Dave Kelly to play the London pub scene as The John Dummer Band. Dummer wrote songs including Darts’ “Late Last Night”, “How Many Nights”, and “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love” which reached No. 45 on the UK Singles Chart, before leaving in 1980. 

Dummer then played drums, toured and recorded with Lowell Fulson and Eddie C. Campbell. (Lowell Fulson – Think Twice Before You Speak; Eddie C. Campbell – The Baddest Cat on the Block. Both JSP Records 1082 & 1087 respectively). His next group, True Life Confessions, featured his wife Helen April, second drummer Manic Esso from The Lurkers, bassist Harry Kakouli from Squeeze, guitarists Robin Bibi and Mark Nevin (later to form Fairground Attraction and write the hit “Perfect”) and two Afro-French girl singers, Any Toco-Salvetti and her sister Myriam. They issued several records on A&M, but none charted. Dummer and his wife also performed as a duo, and peaked at number 54 in the UK Singles Chart with their cover version of “Blues Skies”,[6] and were also known for “Own Up If You’re Over 25”. 

He then managed The Screaming Blue Messiahs for three years, before restoring properties in France and Portugal. He formed Screwy Truants with French musicians, sang and played harmonica with French guitarist Jean-Claude Manuel, and drummed with harmonica player and blues singer Nico Toussaint. Dummer is currently still drumming with various groups in Bordeaux and working as an antiques trader, furniture restorer and bitter/sweet story of an ex-pat’s dream Serge Bastarde Ate My Baguette: On the Road in the Real Rural France was published by Summersdale in 2009, and was followed by a sequel Son of Serge Bastarde: Mayhem In The Antiques Markets of Rural France….~

John Dummer (drums, vocals, 1965-72), Peter Moody (bass, 1965-66), Roger Pearce (guitar, 1965-68), Steve Rye (harmonica, vocals, 1965-68), Chris Trengrove (alto saxophone, 1965), Dave Bidwell (drums, 1965), Dave Elwidge (drums, 1965-66), Tony Walker (bass, 1966-68), Bob Hall (piano, 1965-66, 1967-?), Regine Walker (vocals, 1966), Gill (drums, 1967), Dave Kelly (guitar, vocals, 1967-69, 1972-74), John O'Leary (harmonica, 1967-68), Iain “Thumper” Thomson (bass, 1968-72, 1973), Tony T.S. McPhee (guitar, 1968), Adrian “Putty” Pietryga (guitar, 1968-72), Nick Pickett (multi-instruments, 1969-?), Pick Withers (drums, ?-1974), Colin Earl (piano, ?-1974) 

The John Dummer Blues Band “Cabal"1969 

Near perfect bluesrock LP from the UK; this band never reached this height again. The involvement of Dave Kelly & Tony McPhee does great things here. In the seventies this band became more of a gimmick band, with the violin more on the foreground. They even had a hit here in Holland (Nine by nine? I seem to remember). Have a an exact reissue of this LP at the moment. I also noticed there are two early black Mercury pressings: the earliest is with the double lines around the Mercury logo….by…jansentd…~
The debut album “Cabal” owes more than a bit to the Kelly offspring, Dave and Jo Ann. Whose folks - affectionately known as Flo and Andy - run Dan’s Cafe at Morden and serve the best soul food in South London Except Andy’s superlative bread pudding is no more since a geezer started coming in who likes crusts - and it’s not worth wasting the middle of the loaf on bread pudding. 
Dave began playing guitar and singing blues round folk clubs after he came back from the States in 1966 He had knocked about with (well met, anyway) Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker in New York and when he got home says he couldn’t face jobbing nine to five. Instead he soon built up a strong following in the clubs, and in 1967 made a big impression at the Dutch Blues Festival. 
When he joined the band two years ago he hadn’t played amplified blues at all, and his powerful guitar and vocal style today owe a lot to those early years of country blues playing. Dave’s sister Jo Ann is undoubtedly the finest female blues artist in the country today. But along with her rare talent goes a strong fear of being manipulated and tied down. So she regularly turns down contractual offers from record companies even declined an invitation to join Canned Heat when they were over here recently. 
T.S. McPhee - "Mac” to his mates sometimes conies up with staccatto monologues of disjointed words and phrases that can be as moving as his brilliant guitar playing But you’ll probably only hear him on guitar Mac was the original guitarist with John Lee’s Groundhogs. Has hacked lohn Lee Hooker, Little Walter, Lddie Boyd and limmy Reed during then British tours, and worked with lohn Mavall lorn time. John O'Leary whom Champion Jack Dupree once called 'the best harp player since Sonny Boy Williamson was a founder member of Savov Brown Blues Band. And has an amazing collection of post-war blues records and old out-ol-ume harps which he doesn’t use any more. 
On rhythm section there’s lain 'Thumper" Thomson on lender Precision hass. who just got his decree in sociology despite spending all his waking hours with the hand. And me - ot assorted multi-coloured drum kit. Backing on piano was supplied by Steve Miller, and Keith Tillman added his bass to “I Need Love” “Just A feeling” . 'Siting And Thinking. 'When You Got A Good Friend’ and “Hound Dog”. The recording itself was patiently produced by Brian Shepherd and beautifully engineered by Dave Voyde in Mercury’s London studios To all - our thanks. 
by John Dummer, original “Cabal’ liner notes….~ 

Bass – Keith Tillman (tracks: A1, A2, A5, B1, B3), Thumper Thomson* 
Drums, Liner Notes – John Dummer 
Guitar, Vocals – Dave Kelly (3), T. S. Mcphee* 
Harmonica – John O'Leary (4) 
Piano – Steve Miller (10) 

I Need Love 
Just A Feeling 
No Chance With You 
Young Fashioned Ways 
Sitting And Thinking 
Low Down Santa Fe 
When You Got A Good Friend 
Welfare Blues 
Hound Dog 
Blue Guitar 
After Hours 
Daddy Please Dont Cry

John Dummer Band "John Dummer Band” 1969

Bass – Iain Thumper-Thomson* 
Drums – John Dummer 
Guitar – Adrian Pietryga 
Guitar, Vocals – Dave Kelly (3) 
Piano – Bob Hall (3) 
Vocals – Jo-Ann Kelly

Few Short Lines 
Bullfrog Blues 
Try Me One More Time 
Money & Fame 
Reconsider Baby 
Riding At Midnight 
Ain´t Gonna Work No More 
Big Feeling 
Memphis Minnie 
Birds & Booze Blues 
Skin Game

John Dummer “John Dummer`s Famous Music Band” 1970

A1 Lady Luck 
A2 Changes 
A3 Love Ain`t Nothing But Sorrow 
A4 Run Around 
A5 Yes Sir, She`s My Baby 
A6 Boogie Woogie Lullaby 
A7 Coming Home 
B1 Searching For You 
B2 Nine By Nine 
B3 Move Me, Don`t Leave Me 
B4 Going In The Out 
B5 No Change Now 
B6 Fine Looking Women 
B7 Green Leaves

The John Dummer Band Featuring Nick Pickett “Blue” 1972


Bass Guitar – Iain Thomson* 
Drums – John Dummer 
Guitar – Adrian Pietryga 
Vocals, Violin, Guitar, Organ – Nick Pickett 

If I Could Keep From Laughing 
Medicine Weasel 
Rambling Boy 
Me And Your Boogie 
Time Will Tell 
The End Game 
Me And The Lady

John Dummer’s Oobleedooblee Band “Oobleedooblee Jubilee” 1973 UK Blues Rock

This blues outfit formed in the Summer of 1967 in London. By the beginning of 1968 Tony Walker and Roger Pearce had both quit the music business. The line-up (B) was playing a solid Chicago-styled blues. In July 1968 they turned professional. By now Steve Rye had departed for Simon and Steve and Tony McPhee, a friend of Dave Kelly’s, came in on guitar. However, McPhee’s stay was brief - a few month later he left to join The Groundhogs. Their two albums for Mercury are the most sought-after by collectors.
Dummer followed this with Music Band, a venture with violinist Nick Pickett, which achieved little here but had a French hit with Nine By Nine
Shortening their name to John Dummer they signed to Vertigo recording Blue, with a cover designed by Roger Dean. The music was still competent blues-rock, but nowhere near as good as their earlier late sixties offerings on Mercury. Then, teaming up again with his original guitarist Dave Kelly, Dummer recorded Oobleedooblee Jubilee with a country-influenced band. ……~  

This UK band came into being in 1965, evolving from the Muskrats and the Grebbells, and lasted until the early 70s, surviving numerous personnel changes. The line-up included prominent British blues artists such as pianist Bob Hall, guitarist Dave Kelly and his sister Jo Ann Kelly, Mike Cooper, and Tony McPhee. The band backed touring American artists John Lee Hooker and Howlin’ Wolf, and recorded albums for Mercury and Vertigo between 1969 and 1973. Drummer John Dummer went on to work with English pop vocal group Darts in the mid-70s. In recent years all Dummer’s albums have become much sought after items in the collectors’ market and currently carry very high prices……. ~

The original Oobleedooblee band of drummer - playing bandleader John Dummer was already the fourth incarnation of this band, which originally came from the British blues boom, with the debutalbum “Cabal” in 1969 the greatest attention success could record, thereafter continuously continued and away from the Blues, to land for the Folkrock for this band project. Mike and Jo Ann Kelly were the most prominent bandmembers left over from the former blues outfit of the John Dummer Blues band, who contributed anything but blues to the group’s last official studio album. 
Recorded at the Rockfield Studios in Monmouth under the direction of sound engineer Fritz Fryer and refined by Kingsley Ward, the excellent sound quality of this record is particularly noticeable among collectors, mainly because it was the very last record released in the spring of 1973 On the Vertigo Swirl label, before this progressive sublabel from Philips Records mutated into a rather ordinary pop and rock label with a modified logo that later became the home of status quo, thin lizzy, and dire straits.
John Dummer founded his first blues band in 1967 and was thus one of the first protagonists who could benefit from the so-called British blues boom, whose classic representatives were Fleetwood Mac, Savoy Brown and Chicken Shack Especially by John Mayall, and have been extremely successful. In addition to numerous other groups, the John Dummer Blues Band was also very popular at the time, as well as the 1969 album “Cabal”, as well as the following “John Dummer Blues Band” (also 1969) and “The Famous Music Band ”(1970) followed the typical blues and blues rock mix and were one of the better and perplexed in 1972 with another record, which was already quite far from the blues:“ Blue ” , Released on the Vertigo Swirl label offered a musical mixture, which could at best be described with progressive folkrock. The blues part was increasingly in the background. Like so many others, the band tried to look for a new audience from the ebbing Bluesboom musically. Many former protagonists of the British blues boom remained on the line, even the most famous among them such as the already mentioned Fleetwood Mac turned completely completely and later became one of the most successful pop bands of the 70s. 
Not so John Dummer, who after the next album “Oobleedooblee Jubilee” pulled the reissue line and later joined a rock'n'roll band - the darts - who were at the time on a Rock'n'Roll revival with bands like Sha Na Na, Fumble, Daddy Cool, or Long Tall Ernie & The Shakers. At the time of the recordings for the “Oobleedooblee Jubilee” album, several outstanding musicians had already squeezed their hands at John Dummer, including Tony McPhee (Groundhogs), Bob Hall and John O'Leary (Savoy Brown) Which had nothing to do with the change of sound away from the blues. The main contributor to this was Nick Pickett, who joined the band for Dave Kelly at the time of recording the album “Blue”, which caused a fresh wind. At the time of the 1973 LP, however, he had already re-emerged. Dave Kelly came back and the band, together with the new musicians Adrian “Putty”, Pietryga, Iain “Thump” Thompson and Mike Evans, the group played 9 outstanding Somngs, the overwhelming almost 10 minutes long Coversong “I’ve Been Scorned “From the pen of Pops Staples was the most outstanding. A gorgeous groovy folkie jam with a fluffy arrangement and exquisite solos by Dave Kelly with the Bottleneck Guitar and Adrian "Putty” Pietryga on the electric guitar.
Among other Coversongs, such as Chuck Berry’s “Too Much Monkey Business,” and “Hello LA Bybe Bye Birmingham,” composed by Bramlett Davis, the title “Fairy Tale” written by bassist Iain “Thump” Thompson is surprising Funky designed folkrock style. In all, the record is particularly versatile and also sounding absolutely convincing, perhaps because, on the other hand, Adrian “Putty” Pietryga also contributed “Adrian” “Thump” Thompson with “Sometimes”, “Passing Through "And” The Monkey Speaks His Mind “) and also the entire recording was perfectly recorded and mixed. 
After this album, John Dummer played another record, but it was not released, although it was again largely completely replaced…~
The loss of cheif song writer Nick Pickett has activated a down-turn in the quality of their blues based mat'l. This one is a mix of country flavored rock, boogie blues, and semi-commercial rock, performed by very talented musicians, especially guitarist Dave Kelly. It features good production and imaginative song writing. …~tymeshifter ..~ 


Jo-Ann Kelly/Backing Vocals 
Roger Brown/Backing Vocals 
Iain ’‘Thump” Thomson/Bass Guitar, Vocals
John Dummer/Drums, Percussion (Tin Of Nails) 
Adrian “Putty” Pietryga/Guitar, Electric Piano
Dave Kelly/Guitar, Vocals
Kingsley Ward/Piano
Mike Evans/Violin On 1, 3 
Kingsley Ward/Voice (Hysterical Laughing) On 9 


Passing Through 2:45 
Hello L.A. Bye Bye Birmingham 3:50 
Oobleedooblee Jubilee 2:40 
I’ve Been Scorned 9:00 
Lovin’ Man 3:40 
The Monkey Speaks His Mind 
Fairy Tale 4:45 
Sometimes 4:00 
Too Much Monkey Business 2:45 

John Dummer Blues Band ‎” The Lost 1973 Album”

Formed in 1967 the band recorded a number of albums for Mercury and Vertigo labels before disbanding after recording one last album at the famous Rockfield Studios, Wales in 1973. This 1973 recording has never before been released and features DAVE KELLY (Blues Band) COLIN EARL (Mungo Jerry) PICK WITHERS (Dire Straits) and the last ever recordings by legendary 60’s bluesman GRAHAM BOND. Colin was dispatched to the USA to obtain a deal for the album as his brother ROGER EARL was enjoying huge commercial success as a member of FOGHAT. The deal never materialized and until now the album has been in Colin’s archives. Crank up loud and enjoy!….~ 
this recording was done as stated, in 1973. john dummer was going through some personnel changes and was trying a more country rock sound. there are some interesting people in this band such as dave kelly and graham bond. i bought the cd because it was bond’s last recordings. interesting he plays saxophone on some of the tracks. according to the liner notes, the blues scene was falling by the wayside and dummer wanted to go in a different direction. can’t say this really works and i can see why it hasn’t been released since. it’s not a strong outing even with the gifted musicians that contribute: colin earl (mungo jerry), pick withers (dire straits) and the previously mentioned kelly and bond. 11 tracks are done on this cd. i applaud john from trying a new direction, but sadly this particular release doesn’t seem to work…… Joseph L. Kolb…~

Bass – Iain 'Thump’ Thompson* 
Drums – Pick Withers 
Drums, Vocals – John Dummer 
Guitar – Pete Emery 
Guitar, Vocals – Dave Kelly (3) 
Keyboards – Colin Earl 
Mastered By – Jeff Ward 
Producer – Fritz Fryer 
Saxophone – Graham Bond

1 LA Lady
2 Sunny Wine Song
3 Short Haul Line
4 Reach For Me
5 Goin’ Home
6 Bad Dream
7 Good Rockin’ Man
8 Undying Love
9 Who’s Foolin’ Who
10 Stealin’
11 Keep It In My Mind

John Dummer Blues Band, The  ” Nine By Nine" 1995 CD Compilation

The World’s In A Tangle
Soulful Dress
Let Me Love You Babe
Screaming And Crying
Big Feeling Blues
New Skin Game
No Chance Now
Reconsider Baby
Diwn Home Girl
I Can’t Be Satisfied
Nine By Nine
I Love You Honey
Riding In The Moonlight
Walkin’ Blues
Lovin’ Man
Statesboro’ Blues
Monkey Speaks His Mind
Young Blood
Be Careful What You Do
Shame Shame Shame (Bonus Track)
Walking The Dog (Bonus Track) 

In the history of British blues John Dammer’s group occupies a special place. At various times it was played by such masters as the leader of “Groundhogs”, guitar virtuoso Tony T.S. McPhee, co-founder of “Savoy Brown”, the best harmonica player in the UK John O'Leary, the outstanding blues pianist Bob Hall, slide guitarist Dave Kelly, multi-instrumentalist Nick Pickett. The band performed a variety of music, besides authoring things, recording a large number of cover versions: from the pre-war blues archaic to Chuck Berry. Despite this, none of the five studio albums of the band hit the popularity charts. The only commercially successful release was a single with the recording of a jazz instrumental “Nine by Nine”. So, who was John Dummer? 

John Dammer was born on November 19, 1944 in the suburbs of London - Surbiton. Beginning to study music in school years, in 1963 he formed his first band “Lester Square and G.T.’s”, performing rhythm and blues. The complete composition of the group now no one remembers. In addition to Dummer, he played the legendary guitarist of the early British blues Top Topham (previously included in the first composition of “Yardbirds” before Eric Clapton) and saxophonist Chris Trengrove. They did not manage to conclude a contract with a record company, but they could still hear how they sounded. On the acetate plate, the record of their demo-single with two tracks, which is included in the compilation CD of John Dummer’s group “Nine by Nine”, has been preserved. Having existed for a couple of years, performing on tour in the UK and Germany, “Lester Square and G.T.’s” fell apart. After that, for a short time, John Dammer went to work for Kingston and Surbiton Borough News, and then forms his own “John Dummer Blues Band”. 

The band’s history begins in 1965, with the original line-up consisting of Roger Pears (guitar), Pete Moody (bass), Dave Bidwell (drums), Bob Hall (keyboards) and John Dummer (vocals), who at the time called himself John, and Tony. Strictly speaking, initially John Dummer came to audition for an advertisement posted in the magazine “Melody Maker”, about finding a blues vocalist. There he met with the remnants of Peter Green’s early group “Muscrats” in the person of Pears and Bidwell. Pete Moody played along with Pears in another early British rhythm and blues band “Grebbels”. In short, almost all members of the group already knew each other. The music they performed was based on post-war Chicago electric blues. Having started the performances, the group quickly gained some fame in the British blues circles, and the musicians began to invite to other compositions. 

In December 1965 Bidwell left for “Chicken Shack”, for a short while he was replaced by drummer Dave Elvidge, who had previously signed up with Jeff Beck. However, soon he leaves the group, having decided to devote more time to his family. In the end, the drums had to change to John Dammer himself, who started playing them in the school ensemble. Also, in connection with the move, Moody leaves the band, he is replaced by another bass player - Tony Walker. In this composition, including saxophonist Chris Trengrove from the first group of John Dammmer and fourteen-year-old sister Tony Walker - Regina, in autumn 1966 they recorded several tracks. The violent guitar game Pears at the time was not inferior to either Clapton or Greene, but it failed to release the disc. After that the group leaves Pears. 

Hall, who started early in “Groundhogs”, invited John Dummer, his former bandmate, guitarist Dave Kelly, to join. As for the latter, when he joined the group of John Dummer, then at all did not play electric blues. Returning from the States in 1966, where he met with Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker, Kelly performed on the British club scene as a blues vocalist and a slide guitarist. His performance made a sensation at the Dutch Blues Festival. Then the harmonious Steve Rye joins the group. At that time, on the wave of the blues boom, the band often performed in clubs, pubs and colleges - the usual concert venues for this kind of music. 

However, changes in the composition of the group did not end there: Tony Walker left the band, which was bored with the Chicago and country blues that they performed. He was more attracted to more modern music. The bass player’s place was taken by Iain Thumper Thompson, and they took it not because of outstanding musical abilities, but because the rest of the band members thought (erroneously, as it turned out later) that he had his minibus. Then in “Savoy Brown” Bob Hall left, and also founded his own band Steve Rye, but instead of the same “Savoy Brown” went to the harmonica John O'Leary. The famous black bluesman Champion Jack Dupree once noticed that after Sonny Boy Williamson of all the harmonics O'Leary is the best. In addition, he had an extensive collection of blues records and old harmonica, but did not play at concerts. 

For a short period from July to September 1968, the group was joined by the leader of “Groundhogs” - one
Of the twelve numbers included in the album, four were composed by Dave Kelly, with one - “When You Got a Good Friend” - co-authored with McPhee. Another song - “Welfare Blues” - was written by the bassist “Thumper” Thompson, who by the time of recording the album, in addition to working in the group managed to get a sociological education. The rest of the tracks were blues classics: “Just a Feeling” by the famous Chicago harmonica Little Walter, “Sitting and Thinking” by Muddy Waters, “Hound Dog” from the repertoire of Big Mama Thornton. Of the curiosities, it is necessary to note the beautifully played instrumental Earl Hooker “Blue Guitar” and the composition of another black blues guitarist Eddy Kirkland “Daddy Please Do not Cry”. 

As you might expect, the album sounds uncompromising blues-rock with a fairly tough and raw sound. The disk does not contain any commercially oriented composition, it turned out a great work for fans and connoisseurs of white blues, but not very interesting to the general public. Right after recording tracks from the group of John Dummer, O'Leary and McPhee leave, the last one to revive “Groundhogs”. In place of McPhee comes a new guitarist - Adrian “Putty” Pietryga from the Bristol group “Deep Blues Band”. Accordingly, the cover of the album is photographed already the next composition of the group, including those who did not take part in the recording Pietryga (second from left). Commercial success did not have a disk, but soon the band took up work on the new album. 

The disappearance of the word “blues” from the name of the group did not lead to cardinal stylistic changes in the music that they performed. The second album with the same name “John Dummer Band” (Mercury Records, 1969), was built on the same principle as its predecessor - the combination of its own material with the classical blues. 

The group was again joined by Bob Hall, whose keyboards certainly adorned the record. Changes in the composition of the musicians also caused a change in the sound: in comparison with the debut album, the sound became less rigid and more dynamic. And unlike the predecessor, where the focus was on post-war electric blues, here the accents are somewhat biased towards earlier music. One example of the latter is the performance of the “Big Feeling” thing, originally recorded by the legendary blues singer Ma Rainey back in 1928. 

Thus, it turned out an interesting combination of blues archaic with modern blues-rock. In principle, the blues in the UK were always in the underground, they were interested, they played it, but it was never the music of the establishment. Not surprisingly, the group’s first album was called “Cabal” (a group of conspirators). It was written by people fanatically devoted to the blues, who oppose themselves to the mass audience. The second album, though it was completely in blues, was much more fun. And not only in music, but also in artistic design: on the back of the cover one of the musicians is completely naked, the image was blurred, as the camera was not focused on it. 

On one of the tracks - “Birds & Booze Blues” - Jo-Ann Kelly took part in the recording of the vocal. In the absence of an accordion player, if necessary, a kazu was used, on which Dave Kelly played. In “Try Me One More Time” the only time in the album is a violin. Subsequently, the instrumental “Nine by Nine” (built in 1970 on the violin part) will bring the group a long-awaited commercial success. As for this disc, it went almost unnoticed. 

At the end of 1969, tired of endless touring, the band leaves Dave Kelly. At some point in time, he felt himself in a group of John Dummer, not at ease. Ten performances for two weeks during the Scandinavian tour overflowed his cup of patience. Having lost the vocalist, guitarist and songwriter in one person, the band could be on the verge of collapse. However, this did not happen. Before leaving, Dave Kelly offered to replace himself in the face of the musician-multinationalist Nick Pickett, who directed the work of the group in a different direction. 

The group’s third studio album, entitled “John Dummer’s Famous Music Band” (Fontana Records, 1970) was the most eclectic work of all the discs recorded by them. In addition to the blues proper, jazz, psychedelia, boogie and ron-n-roll are represented here. It is not by chance that on the cover of the record the members of the group are photographed in the image of wandering musicians, a kind of revue. The CD was recorded with the following members: Nick Pickett (vocals, guitar, harmonica, violin, keyboards, vibraphone, percussion), Adrian Pietryga (guitar, vocals), Iain Thompson (bass) and John Dummer (drums, vocals). 

The changes that took place in the band’s music were connected with Nick Pickett. He was born in 1949 in London, but later he lived and was brought up in the countryside. Jazz music and blues he regularly listened to on the radio, but he began to study guitar and harmonica only at the age of 16, enrolling at the art college in Somerset. In 1968, he moved to Bristol,…..~ 

Αυτή τη βδομάδα το Blast From The Past θυμάται ένα από τα Ευαγγέλια του βρετανικού blues, για την ακρίβεια έναν από τους κορυφαίους δίσκους της λεγόμενης «δεύτερης γενιάς του βρετανικού blues» (σσ. η πρώτη ήταν οι Alexis Korner, Graham Bond, Cyril Davies, John Mayall και τα παιδιά τους, δηλ. Animals, Stones, Yardbirds και τα ρέστα). To Cabal κατά γενική - νομίζω - ομολογία στέκεται εκεί ψηλά (στα βουνά) που βρίσκονται και δίσκοι όπως τα Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac και Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton. Αν κάποιοι διαφωνούν, δεν πειράζει, ας το ξαναπιάσουν από τον W.C. Handy μήπως τελικά βρουν άκρη. Ήταν ο πρώτος δίσκος της μπάντας του Anthony John Dummer, που ξεκίνησε ως 'Tony Dummer’ τραγουδώντας και παίζοντας φυσαρμόνικα (σσ. blues harp) και στην πορεία προτίμησε το 'John Dummer’ και τα ντραμς. 

Ο Dummer πρωτομπήκε στη μουσική το 1963 με τους Lester Square & The GTs, που περιλάμβαναν στη σύνθεσή τους τον μετέπειτα σαξοφωνίστα των Soft Machine, Elton Dean. (σσ. είδατε που όλα συνδέονται άμα πηγαίνεις πίσω στην αρχή;) H John Dummer Blues Band σχηματίστηκε δύο χρόνια αργότερα με τους: Roger Pearce (κιθάρα), Bob Hall (πιάνο, μέλος επίσης των Groundhogs και Sunflower Blues Band, των Tramp, Savoy Brown και Rocket 88, συνεργάτη των The Blues Band και με συμμετοχές σε ηχογραφήσεις πολλών κλασικών, όπως λ.χ. οι John Lee Hooker, Howlin’ Wolf, Lightnin’ Slim, Little Walter, Homesick James, Lowell Fulsom, Jimmy Witherspoon, Charlie Musselwhite κ.λπ. κ.λπ.), Pete Moody (μπάσο), Dave Bidwell (ντραμς, μετέπειτα μέλος των Savoy Brown, Chicken Shack, Shagrat και Mungo Jerry). Προέκυψε σαν συνένωση δύο ιστορικών blues συγκροτημάτων (που όμως δεν άφησαν πίσω τους ηχογραφήσεις), των Grebbels και των Muskrats - οι δεύτεροι είναι κυρίως γνωστοί ως νεανικό gig του μεγάλου Peter Green των Fleetwood Mac. O κιθαρίστας Roger Pearce έπαιζε και με τους δύο, φέρνοντας στο νέο συγκρότημα τον Pete Moody από τους Grebbels και τον Dave Bidwell από τους Muskrats. Από αυτή τη χύτρα ταλέντου ήταν προφανές πώς συνδιαμορφώθηκαν πολλές καταστάσεις, αλλά δεν ηχογραφήθηκε τίποτε. Ήταν η 'make II’ - που λένε και οι μεταλλάδες - της συγκεκριμένης μπάντας που έγραψε το Cabal. 

The John Dummer Blues BandO Dummer σε αυτήν την εκδοχή του γκρουπ κάθησε πίσω από τα ντραμς για να δώσει χώρο στο ταλέντο δύο φοβερών παιδιών των βρετανικών blues. Ο ένας ήταν ο μέχρι τότε αποκλειστικά αφοσιωμένος στα ακουστικά blues, πουρίστας του ιδιώματος, Dave Kelly, που είχε γυρίσει από την Αμερική το 1966 έχοντας εκεί εμπειρίες στο πλευρό των πατριαρχών Muddy Waters και John Lee Hooker. Ο Κelly ήταν μια από τις πιο δυνατές φωνές των blues στο μεγάλο νησί και επιδέξιος slide κιθαρίστας - επίγονος του Elmore James. Ο έτερος αστήρ της 'make II’ ήταν ο μεγάλος Tony McPhee (φωνή και κιθάρα), πατέρας του progressive blues, στο μεσοδιάστημα τότε ανάμεσα στις δύο περιόδους του θρυλικού του γκρουπ, των Groundhogs. Τη σύνθεση συμπλήρωναν ο John O'Leary (blues harp), ιδρυτικό μέλος των Savoy Brown (για τον οποίο έχει γραφτεί ότι ο Champion Jack Dupree είχε πει πως ήταν ο καλύτερος αρπίστας μετά τον Sonny Boy Williamson), o μπασίστας Iain 'Thumper’ Thomson (μετέπειτα μαζί με τον Dummer στην αναβιωτική doo-wop μπάντα των Darts) και μια άλλη απίστευτη φυσιογνωμία του βρετανικού blues, η μακαρίτισσα Jo-Anne Kelly στα φωνητικά. Αδελφή του Dave, πάσχουσα από την ίδια ακριβώς μουσική «ασθένεια» με τον αδελφούλη της, αλλά έπρεπε να δεις φωτογραφία της για να πειστείς ότι ήταν λευκή - ήταν απλά η πιο «μαύρη» γυναικεία φωνή των λευκών blues στην ιστορία. 

Ο δίσκος είναι κορυφαίος. Όπως λέει και ο τίτλος του, οι John Dummer Blues Band έχουν δει τον εαυτό τους σαν ένα είδος αντεργκράουντ μυστικής κοινωνίας που μακριά από τα μάτια και τα αυτιά των άσχετων (σσ. πάντα κυρίαρχου είδους) τελεί τελετές blues καμπάλας. Με λιγότερο «καθαρό» ήχο από το Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac (σε αυτό συντελεί η παραγωγή στο μπάσο / βόμβο του Τhumper Thomson και η διαλυτική παρουσία του McPhee που ως γνωστόν δεν ενδιαφερόταν για την τεχνική τελειότητα αλλά περισσότερο για το γενικότερο «αγροτικό» feeling) και λιγότερη διακριτότητα ύφους και ενορχήστρωσης ανάμεσα στα κομμάτια σε σχέση με το Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton (καρπό και αυτό των αέναων πειραματισμών του John Mayall με όλες τις «διαστάσεις» των blues), το Cabal είναι συνεκτικό ως προς την αυθεντικότητα που αναδίδει. Ακούγοντάς το είναι σαφές ότι οι συντελεστές του είναι μύστες, το έχουν στο DNA, έχουν κάψει χιλιόμετρα στα πανηγύρια (ΟΚ στις pub) και έχουν λυώσει εκατοντάδες ή χιλιάδες βινύλια των πρωτομαστόρων που ελάχιστοι άλλοι γνωρίζουν. Διασκευάζουν εκπληκτικά το “Just A Feeling” του Little Walter, το “Sitting and Thinking” του Muddy Waters (σσ. τύφλα να έχουν τα αργά blues των Zeppelin), το “Young Fashioned Ways” του Willie Dixon (ηχογραφημένο από τον Muddy αλλά και την Koko Taylor) και το “Ηound Dog” των Leiber/Stoller στα χέρια τους είναι αριστουργηματικό, με ξεπλυμένη τη «βλαχιά» του Elvis, πιο κοντά στην αυθεντική εκτέλεση της Big Mama Thornton αλλά σε ανδρική, upbeat ροκ εκδοχή. Βασικός συνθέτης και ερμηνευτής των αυθεντικών τραγουδιών του δίσκου είναι ο Dave Kelly, έχοντας γράψει τα κορυφαία “I Νeed Love” και “When You Got A Good Friend” (το δεύτερο μαζί με τον Tony McPhee), αλλά και το εθιστικό train blues του “Low Down Santa Fe” και το «πονεμένο» “No Chance With You” με τη φωνάρα της Jo-Anne να ακούγεται σα να έρχεται από καπνισμένο καταγώγιο της νότιας πλευράς του Σικάγο αργά τη νύχτα. Αλλά και το βαρύ piano blues του Thumper Thomson στο “Welfare Blues” είναι μια ακόμη έκρηξη αυθεντικού blues feeling, που εξελίσσεται όπως και τα υπόλοιπα κομμάτια του δίσκου σε ομαδικό αυτοσχεδιασμό όπου harp, slide κιθάρα και πιάνο παίζουν ισοδύναμο ρόλο. 

Jo-Anne Kelly (1944-1990)Δυστυχώς το Cabal έγινε μόνον κτήμα των επαϊόντων. Πριν ακόμη κυκλοφορήσει, δύο βασικοί του συντελεστές είχαν αποχωρήσει. Ο McPhee ξαναέφτιαξε τους Groundhogs, αυτή τη φορά γράφοντας πραγματικά ιστορία μαζί τους (σσ. θα τον δούμε πιθανά σε ένα άλλο BFTP), και ο O'Leary συνέχισε παίζοντας και ηχογραφώντας (μέχρι σήμερα) με διάφορα σχήματα και μουσικούς (Champion Jack Dupree, Sunflower Blues Band, Sweet Pain, Mainsqueeze, Point Blank Blues Band, Three State Blues Band, Dave Walker & The Ambulators, Sugarcane, The John O'Leary Band). Στη φωτογραφία μάλιστα του εξωφύλλου του Cabal εμφανίστηκε η νέα σύνθεση του γκρουπ με τον Adrian 'Putty’ Pietryga (από τους The Deep Blues Band) στην κιθάρα. Η σύνθεση αυτή ηχογράφησε το δεύτερό τους άλμπουμ, The John Dummer Blues Band, που κυκλοφόρησε αργότερα μέσα στο 1969. 

Στο τρίτο τους άλμπουμ John Dummer’s Famous Music Band (1970) τα περισσότερα στοιχεία του ήχου τους είχαν αλλάξει, αφού είχε πια αποχωρήσει και ο Dave Kelly για να αντικατασταθεί από τον κιθαρίστα/βιολιστή/τραγουδιστή Nick Pickett και τον παλιόφιλο του Dummer Chris Trengove στο σαξόφωνο. Περιέργως αυτή η σύνθεση γνώρισε μια μικρή επιτυχία με ένα instrumental που είχε το βιολί στο προσκήνιο, το “Nine By Nine”. Ο Kelly μαζί με τον πιανίστα Bob Hall, την Jo-Anne Kelly και μέλη των Sunflower Blues Band και Fleetwood Mac έφτιαξε τους Tramp. Στα 80s έγινε αρκετά γνωστός με τους The Blues Band, ενώ συνέχισε με τους Dave Kelly Band. Η αδελφή του Jo-Anne πέθανε τραγικά από όγκο στον εγκέφαλο το 1990. 

Oι John Dummer Blues Band, έχοντας χάσει τη δυναμική τους κυκλοφόρησαν ακόμη δύο δίσκους με φολκ και country κατεύθυνση - Blue (1972) και Oobleedoobleejubilee (1973, ως John Dummer’s Oobleedooblee Band) - πριν περάσουν στην ιστορία. Αλλά κάπως έτσι είναι η μοίρα όλων των «απόκρυφων» παρεών στη μουσική. Φαινομενικά συνδέονται με όλους και με τα πάντα, αλλά λίγα είναι γνωστά για τους ίδιους. Τουλάχιστον με το Cabal άφησαν ένα υποδειγματικό σημείο αναφοράς, που συνιστούμε για «λυώσιμο» σε όλους τους νεόκοπους φερέλπιδες bluesmen. – Laertis…..~

The John Dummer (Blues) Band 1963-1974: 

John Dummer - Drums 
Dave Kelly - Guitar, Vocals 
Jo Ann Kelly - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar 
Chris Trengrove -Sax 
Elton Dean - Sax 
Roger Pearce - Guitar john dummer 
Pete Moody - Bass Guitar 
Dave Bidwell - Drums 
Nick Pickett - Guitar, Keyboards, Fiddle 
Steve Rye - Harp, Vocals 
Tony Walker - Bass 
Bob Hall - Piano 
John O'Leary - Harp 
Thunder Thompson - Bass 
Tony McPhee - Guitar 
Adrian Pietryga - Guitar 

1 CABAL (Mercury SMCL 20136) 1969 (Hard to find) 
2 JOHN DUMMER BLUES BAND (Mercury SMCL 20167) 1969 (very hard to find)    
3 FAMOUS MUSIC BAND (Philips 6309 008) 1970 (hard to find) 
4 NINE BY NINE (Philips 6382 039) 1972 
5 BLUE (Vertigo 6360 055) 1972 (very Hard to find) 
6 OOBLEEDOOBLEE JUBILEE (Vertigo 6360 083) 1973 (hard to find) 
7 TRY ME ONE MORE TIME (Philips 6382 040) 1973 
8 VOLUME II (Philips 6382 083) 1973 


Cabal (1969) Mercury (SMCL 20136) – CD (1996) See For Miles (SEECD 456) 
John Dummer Band (1969) Mercury (SMCL 20167) – CD (2003) Sunrise (30809032) 
Famous Music Band (1970) Philips (6309 008) – CD (2003) Sunrise (30809042) 
Nine By Nine (Issued as This Is in the US) (1972) Philips (6382 039) – CD (1995) Indigo (IGOCD 2021) 
Blue (1972) Vertigo (6360 055) – CD (1994) Repertoire (REP 4450-WP) & (2003) Sunrise (30809052) 
Oobleedooblee Jubilee (1973) Vertigo (6360 083) – CD (2005) Walhalla (WH 90347) 
Try Me One More Time (1973) Philips (6382 040) 
Volume II (1973) Philips (6382 083) 
Lost 1973 Album (2008) 


“Travellin’ Man” / “Forty Days” (1969) Mercury (MF 1040) 
“Try Me One More Time” / “Riding at Midnight” (1969) Mercury (MF 1119) 
“Nine By Nine” / “Going in the Out” (1970) Philips (600 6111) 
“Nine By Nine” / “Move Me, Don’t Leave Me” (1971) Fontana (600 7027) 
“Medicine Weasel” / “The Endgame” (1971) Philips (606 176) 
“Oobleedooblee Jubilee” / “The Monkey Speaks His Mind” (1972) Vertigo (6059 074)

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