Long John Baldry
|Genres:||Blues Holiday & Seasonal Movies Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||blues 60s blues rock oldies pop|
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John William Baldry, 12 January 1941, England, d. 21 July 2005, Vancouver, Canada. Beginning his career playing folk and jazz in the late 50s, Baldry toured with Ramblin Jack Elliott before moving into R&B. His strong, deep voice won him a place in the influential Blues Incorporated, following which he joined Cyril Davies R&B All Stars. After Davies death, Long John fronted the Hoochie Coochie Men, which also included future superstar Rod Stewart, who later joined Baldry in Steam Packet (featuring Brian Auger and Julie Driscoll). After a brief period with Bluesology (which boasted a young Elton John on keyboards), Baldry decided to go solo and record straightforward pop. Already well known on the music scene, he nevertheless appeared an unusual pop star in 1967 with his sharp suits and imposing 6 foot 7 inch height. Composer/producer Tony Macaulay and his partner John Macleod presented him with the perfect song in Let The...