Song Of The Day: Long John Baldry – “Don’t Try To Lay No Boogie-Woogie On The King Of Rock & Roll” (1971)

Let’s remember British Rock pioneer Long John Baldry, who passed away on this day in 2005 at the age of 64. As he describes it in this amazing song, Baldry was playing blues and boogie-woogie on the streets of London as early as 1956 when it was still considered to be very exotic music. By 1962 the British blues scene was thriving and Baldry became the vocalist for the godfather of British blues Alexis Korner and his band Blues Incorporated. Members of this band included Mick Jagger, Jack Bruce, Charley Watts and Keith Richards at various times. By 1965 Baldry was forming his own blues bands which launched the careers of Rod Stewart and Elton John. This song came from Baldry’s biggest solo album It Ain’t Easy, half of which was produced by Rod and the other half by Elton. It is obviously from the Rod Stewart side, with the unmistakable sound of The Faces driving it into the legendary status it holds today.


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