One of the earliest of British blues bands, Savoy Brown, with founder guitarist Kim Simmonds at the helm, helped launch the 1967 UK blues boom movement that brought blues music back to the USA invigorating the style forever. In the process, the band became part of the framework that launched the rock and roll music of the 1970’s. Their influence now stretches into modern rock as we know it today.

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Co-incidentally (considering current news) I just finished reading the Marlon Brando auto bio. Very honest. Not entirely satisfying. I don't think many actors books are....and I've read many. Still, this is one of the best from arguably the best.
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The writing is going well. I've written new songs for a coming band rehearsal session and I'll finish chapter 5 of my memoirs this weekend.
Now to clear clothes out my closet....trash, donate or keep.
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Warm on the inside
Grey skies, quiet trees outside.
Winter storm coming

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Thinking of “Lonesome” Dave Peverett today. He lives on in all the great music he was a part of. A super guy who really loved blues and rock ‘n’ roll.
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Waiting to eat and see a movie at a Dine-In Theatre.


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OK, so it came up in a conversation yesterday .....
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Savoy Brown -- Until The Sky Fades Away
From 'Kings Of Boogie' (1989) -- as shared by Savoy Brown
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1933: Yoko Ono was born -- ain't that a scream?

1939: Robert Luke Harshman, aka Bobby Hart (songwriter with Tommy Boyce), was born

1947: Dennis DeYoung (Styx, vocals and keyboards) was born

1953: Robbie Bachman (Bachman Turner Overdrive, drums) was born

1956: "The Great Pretender" starts a two-week run at #1 on the US singles charts for The Platters

1959: Ray Charles recorded "What'd I Say" in New York City

1965: "Tired Of Waiting For You" was at #1 on the UK singles charts for The Kinks

1965: The Beatles recorded two songs at Abbey Road Studios in London -- Paul McCartney's "Tell Me What You See" and John Lennon's "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away"

1966: "Good Vibrations" was recorded by Brian Wilson -- it became The Beach Boys' third #1 single

1967: "Kind Of A Drag" begins a two-week run at #1 on the US singles charts for The Buckinghams

1969: The Jimi Hendrix Experience played at Royal Albert Hall in London

1980: Bill Wyman told "Rolling Stone" that he would quit the Rolling Stones on their 20th anniversary in 1982 -- he was just 11 years late in doing that

1987: "Livin' On A Prayer" is at #1 on the US singles charts for Bon Jovi
Savoy Brown and Kim Simmonds
Savoy Brown and Kim Simmonds
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1972: Victoria Hall, Hanley, UK with Chicken Shack

2014: Lou's Blues, Indialantic, FL
Savoy Brown and Kim Simmonds
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2012: Mauch Chunk Opera House, Jim Thorpe, PA
Savoy Brown and Kim Simmonds
Savoy Brown and Kim Simmonds
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Forty-six years later, do you remember Bud Scoppa's review of "Hellbound Train" for ROLLING STONE?

Bud didn't seem to be a fan ....

Savoy Brown was once a resolutely typical British blues band. They could boogy an audience into submission in no time at all, and then keep them inert for what seemed like an eternity -- Savoy Brown was merciless. And in those days people seemed to love every interminable minute of it.

The new Savoy Brown is no longer tied to those endless, emotionless 12-bar boxes. Leader-guitarist Kim Simmonds, having surrounded himself with an entirely new crew of Savoys, now leads a rock 'n' roll band. Anything would've been an improvement.

The first evidence the group had a whole new thing was its last album, Street Corner Talking. Like its predecessors, that album had its share of dull moments, including a rendition of "Can't Get Next to You" that owed everything but its lifelessness to the Al Green arrangement. But it also had "Tell Mama," a track that literally towers over everything Savoy Brown has recorded. "Tell Mama" is one fine rock 'n' roll song; it possesses the perfect balance of formalized elements and inventiveness to make it roll like it was on tracks, the way great rock 'n' roll always does. Savoy Brown would have been better off releasing "Tell Mama" as a single and burning the rest of the album.

This new one needn't be so destroyed. It contains nothing as good as "Tell Mama," but nothing as crummy as the rest of that album. Instead, the group has come up with a half dozen abundantly pleasant rock tunes. These owe more to Creedence than to Muddy or John Lee. There are a couple blues-infected songs, "Lost and Lonely Child" and "It'll Make You Happy," among the half-dozen, but they're not at all committed to the form for its own sake. There's even a gospel-style tune, "Troubled by These Days and Times," complete with feverish piano and shouting crescendo; it's hardly original, but it still comes off pretty well.

The best tunes are the three that are more strictly rock'n'roll, "Doin' Fine," "I'll Make Everything Alright" and "If I Could See an End," all economical, short, meticulously put together, and all showing a distinct spark of originality, a quality rarely in evidence in the Savoy Brown catalogue. On these tracks, Dave Walker's light, casual vocals and the band's trotting instrumental gait to form crisp, easy rock'n'roll that's not particularly strong in initial impact, but builds a cumulative appeal. These tunes sound less like Creedence, really, than like the English Creedences, Christie and Choshise. Remember "San Bernadino"? These songs are like that, particularly "Doin' Fine," a bouncy, happy, perfectly titled little song.

This is a safe, low-keyed, enjoyable record through a side and a half. Then comes the title tune, an extended impressionistic piece. It tries to be dark, but it just gets murky. Its placement on the album makes "Hellbound Train" the obvious focal point, and that's too bad, because it's the least purposeful track on the album. All that intensity writhing within it with no place to go -- a classic case of much ado about nothing. Even if it weren't so serious in tone, there still wouldn't be enough going on musically to justify its nine-minute length. The comic strip that illustrates the theme on the inside cover treats it with a good deal more subtlety than Savoy Brown does.

Forget "Hellbound Train" and the album is a modest success by a pleasant-sounding band. "Pleasant" may not be such an impressive description, but it's a lot better than "deadly."
~ Bud Scoppa (April 27, 1972)

Side One
"Doin' Fine" (2:46)
"Lost and Lonely Child" (6:00)
"I'll Make Everything Alright" (3:18)
"Troubled by these Days and Times" (5:43)
Side Two
"If I Could See an End" (2:54)
"It'll Make You Happy" (3:26)
"Hellbound Train" (9:07)