Best Of Rory Gallagher Set On The Way

Following the commercial and critically acclaimed success of the recent albums “Blues” (2019) and “Check Shirt Wizard – Live in ’77” (2020), UMC is releasing “The Best Of Rory Gallagher” in October this year.

The compilation includes Rory’s recordings compiled from across his extensive recording career, including tracks from his first band Taste (from 1969) through to his final studio album “Fresh Evidence” (1990).

The album will be released as a Double CD set with 30 tracks including a previously unreleased track with Jerry Lee Lewis.

It will also be released as a 2-disc black vinyl set and “direct to consumer” limited clear 2LP, plus a 15-track single CD, as well as digital HD and digital download.

The Rory Gallagher Archives contains some amazing rarities and this set will include “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” – cut with Jerry Lee Lewis’ at The Killer’s 1973 “London Sessions” featuring Rory singing and playing the Rolling Stones’ classic alongside Jerry Lee Lewis.

Albert Lee, Peter Frampton, Rory Gallagher & Jerry Lee Lewis – 1971 Photo Credit: © Mick Rock c/o Strange Music Ltd

The previously unreleased rarity is featured on the Double CD version and digital versions of the album, and available as a limited edition direct to consumer 7” vinyl single. The 7” inch picture sleeve features a rare archive photo of Rory and Jerry Lee Lewis from Jerry Lee’s 1973 “London Sessions.” The B-side features “Cruise On Out” (4:42) taken from Rory’s critically acclaimed album “Photo Finish” (1978).

Tracklisting for the 30 Track Double CD Set:

CD One

  1. Taste – What’s Going On (from 1970’s ‘On The Boards’ LP)2:48
  2. Rory Gallagher – Shadow Play (from 1978’s ‘Photo Finish’ LP 4:47
  3. Rory Gallagher – Follow Me (from 1979’s ‘Top Priority’ LP) 4:40
  4. Rory Gallagher – Tattoo’d Lady(from 1973’s ‘Tattoo’ LP) 4:41
  5. Rory Gallagher – All Around Man (from 1975’s “Against The Grain” LP) 6:15
  6. Rory Gallagher – I Fall Apart (from 1971’s “Rory Gallagher” LP) 5:12
  7. Rory Gallagher – Daughter Of The Everglades (from 1973’s ‘Blueprint’” LP) 6:12
  8. Rory Gallagher – Calling Card (from 1976’s ‘Calling Card’ LP) 5:24
  9. Rory Gallagher – I’m Not Awake Yet (from 1971’s ‘Deuce’ LP) 5:37
  10. Rory Gallagher – Just The Smile (from 1971’s ‘Rory Gallagher’ LP)3:41
  11. Rory Gallagher – Out Of My Mind (from 1971’s “Deuce” LP) 3:06
  12. Rory Gallagher – Edged In Blue (from 1976’s “Calling Card” LP) 5:29
  13. Rory Gallagher – Philby (from 1979’s “Top Priority” LP) 3:50
  14. Taste – It’s Happened Before, It’ll Happen Again (from 1970’s “On The Boards” LP) 6:33
  15. Rory Gallagher – Crest Of A Wave (from 1971’s “Deuce” LP) 5:54

CD Two

  1. Rory Gallagher – Bad Penny (from 1979’s “Top Priority” LP) 4:04
  2. Rory Gallagher – Walk On Hot Coals (from 1973’s “Blueprint” LP) 7:02
  3. Taste – Blister On The Moon (from 1969’s “Taste” LP) 3:27
  4. Rory Gallagher – Loanshark Blues (from 1987’s “Defender” LP) 4:27
  5. Rory Gallagher – Bought & Sold (from 1975’s “Against The Grain” LP) 3:26
  6. Rory Gallagher – A Million Miles Away (from 1973’s from the Tattoo LP) 6:56
  7. Rory Gallagher – Wheels Within Wheels (from 2010’s “Notes From San Francisco” LP) 3:38
  8. Rory Gallagher – Seven Days (from 1987’s “Defender” LP) 5:14
  9. Rory Gallagher – Ghost Blues (from 1990’s “Fresh Evidence” LP) 8:00
  10. Rory Gallagher – Cruise On Out (from 1978’s “Photo Finish” LP) 4:42
  11. Jerry Lee Lewis ft. Rory Gallagher – (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (1973 outtake from the Jerry Lee Lewis ‘The Session… Recorded in London With Great Guest Artists’ LP) 3:50
  12. Rory Gallagher – They Don’t Make Them Like You Anymore (from 1973’s “Tattoo” LP) 4:05
  13. Rory Gallagher – Moonchild (from 1976’s “Calling Card” LP) 4:47
  14. Rory Gallagher – Jinxed (from 1982’s “Jinx” LP) 5:12
  15. Taste – Catfish (from 1969’s “Taste” LP) 8:06

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Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram – Fender Sessions

Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram performs four tracks in his hometown of Clarksdale, Mississippi and talks songwriting, growing up in the “Blues Holy Land” and navigating racial inequality through music.

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Record Store Day 2020 – Shop Openings, Mail Order, What’s Available

Record Store Day at Piccadilly Records, Oldham Street, Manchester 2018

For crate diggers used to queuing outside the UKs plethora of independent record stores searching for rare vinyl, CDs and other collectables on Record Store Day things will be different this year. The twice postponed Record Store Day 2020 will be staggered over three days : August 29th, September 26th and October 24th and collectors and fans will be encouraged to use the Record Store Day store locator from August 14th to find out how their local shop plans to open on August 29th.

Measures that are set to be in place include bookable time slots (which will be available one week in advance on a first-come, first-served basis) and the operation of socially distanced queues.

For this year only, RSD will relax online sales so that products can be made available on participating shop websites or over the phone from 6PM on the evening of each “drop”.

For a full list of releases for Record Store Day 2020 click here.

More than 230 independent record shops in the UK faced huge uncertainty with the postponement of this year’s RSD due to the coronavirus lockdown.

Many stores are now hoping that the first instalment of the ‘RSD Drops’ will provide a much-needed sales boost in order to get them back on the road to recovery.

Speaking to RSD, Natasha Youngs, owner of Resident Music in Brighton, said: “We may not be partying this year but we’re still determined to make sure we celebrate the artists and labels that have made special releases available for our event. Getting them into the hands of the fans safely and sensibly is our top priority this year.

“We will be operating a socially distanced queue and will be serving from 8am. With the releases being made available online at 6PM the same evening, customers who would rather not visit the shop in person can choose to order them online in the evening instead. They can then collect their records from the shop at a later date or have them posted to their door.

“We’ll focus on being able to organise another exciting event next year when things can hopefully return a little more to normal.”

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Live music has returned to England, but social distancing restrictions mean many intimate jazz venues still can’t open their doors

Live music has returned to England after lockdown, but social distancing restrictions mean many intimate jazz venues still can’t open their doors.

From Saturday, audiences can once again attend indoor performances, but only if they follow government guidelines, which say venues should consider how many people can safely attend, be sensible about selling food and drink, and enforce social distancing between households.

Mark Davyd, CEO of the Music Venue Trust, told the Jazz FM Business Breakfast that the new rules were “bittersweet”, as only a third of all venues can physically handle social distancing, and only a third of those can make it work financially.

“We’re obviously pleased that we’re one step closer to getting back to normal,” he said. “But This is not really getting venues open.

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C. P. Lee of legendary Manchester underground band Greasy Bear

Chris ‘C. P.’ Lee, leader of Greasy Bear, the legendary Manchester underground died suddenly on July 25th.

Chris Lee, was born in Didsbury, Manchester in 1950 and as well as being a musician, he was a writer, broadcaster, performer and university lecturer.

A student at The Manchester School of Art, in 1969 he formed Greasy Bear along with his friend Bruce Mitchell – of The Durutti Column fame – as well as Ian Wilson, Steve Whalley and John Gibson.

Greasy Bear were christened ‘Manchester’s answer to The Grateful Dead’ and they were managed by Manchester music promoter and DJ Roger Eagle.

Greasy Bear played countless gigs in the North West and Manchester area.

They seemed to play every local festival, all dayers, as well as pub and college gigs and of course at Manchester’s Magic Village. Their gigs were promoted in the Manchester underground newspaper Grass Eye.

In 1970, with a collection of songs penned by Chris Lee and Ian Wilson, Greasy Bear recorded nine tracks, hoping to secure a deal with the Philips underground and progressive label Vertigo. They worked with producer Terry Brown, who had recently produced the work of Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick.

After the deal with Philips/Vertigo fell through the band went their separate ways.

In 2016 the album, ‘Is Adrian There?’, finally saw the light of day after being released by Vinyl Revival on Record Store Day.

C.P. Lee and Bruce Mitchell formed Manchester anarchic-satirical rock band Alberto Y Los Trios Paranoias. Bruce went on to form half of Factory records duo The Durutti Column.

Alberto y Lost Trios Paranoias released three albums in the 1970s and were scheduled to appear on Top Of The Pops to promote a new single but a power cut meant they couldn’t appear.

Their remarkable story is told in C.P.’s own memoir, ‘When We Were Thin’.

This was one of many books that Chris would write over the years including ‘Shake, Rattle & Rain’, is an adaption of his PhD thesis on popular music making in Manchester.

A fanatic of all things Bob Dylan, Chris attended Dylan’s Manchester Free Trade Hall ‘Judas’ concert in 1966, of which he later wrote about in his book ‘Like The Night (Revisited)’.

He hosted hosted a number of film, music and performance events at the Kings Arms in Salford over the years.

In more recent years he toured as C.P. ‘Ukule’ Lee in a bid to keep the Albertos legend alive by going on the road and performing his band’s hits.

For more information on Greasy Bear and to see some great memorabilia visit their section on the Manchesterbeat website

You Tube clips of Greasy Bear:
Geordie from 1970 recorded for Phillips/Virtigo but not released.

Windy Day from a compilation of unissued and rare tracks from Manchester bands called Man Chester Hair

Tallawaya 1970

From the Manchester Digital Music Archive Interviews:

C.P. Lee on Greasy Bear at Main Debating Hall, 1971

C.P. Lee on Captain Beefheart at Main Debating Hall, 1968

C.P. Lee on Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, Main Debating Hall, 1968

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Johnny Otis on TV 1959

The Johnny Otis Show on KTLA-TV 5 – Los Angeles, California – 1959. Some good stuff here among one or two clinkers!

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Lil Ed: Tryin’ To Make A Living

This is Lil Ed Williams of Lil Ed & the Blues Imperials, Alligator recording artists, playing from the back of a truck in Chicago – great slide guitar. Wish we had stuff like this in the UK! He is the nephew of the great J. B. Hutto (his uncle used to wear a Fez too!). 

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Great 34 Minute Documentary On Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland

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Hal Singer is aged 100, a renowned R&B/jazz artist, a survivor of Tulsa’s 1921 race massacre where Trump is holding a rally.

Hal Singer in a 1950 studio portrait. (Gilles Petard/Redferns)

From the Washington Post

By DeNeen L. Brown

President Trump plans to hold a political rally in Tulsa on Saturday, which he delayed by a day after scheduling it on Juneteenth, the holiday that marks the end of slavery. The timing astonished historiansand outraged African Americans.

The official records of Hal Singer’s birth on Oct. 8, 1919, perished in the fires set by white mobs during the rampage, which left as many as 300 black people dead and more than 10,000 homeless.

“The only trace of my existence, aside from myself, could be found in the family Bible: one date written on the first page and a single name, Harold,” Singer wrote in “Jazz Roads,”his autobiography. “I was born. I am sure of the fact, since I am still living. But I never had the written proof.”

The violence began unfolding on May 30th, 1921, when a 19-year-old shoe shiner named Dick Rowland walked into the Drexel Building to use the only toilet in downtown Tulsa available to black people.

Rowland stepped into an elevator on the first floor. By the time the elevator doors opened on the third floor, someone heard the white elevator operator, Sarah Page, shriek. Rowland, who may have stepped on her foot, was arrested and accused of assaulting a white woman.

A crowd of white men gathered outside the courthouse, where Rowland was jailed. Dozens of black men, including World War I veterans, rushed to the courthouse to protect him.

‘They was killing black people’

“We all knew what would happen to the young man. Hanging was a certainty,” Singer recalled his father telling him later. “Black families got involved and an important group of men organized a raid of the prison. They intended to free the man.”

At the time, Greenwood was so affluent that it was nicknamed Black Wall Street.

“I don’t call it the black part of town because in effect our section was an autonomous city in of itself: a perfectly structured community of about 30,000 people made up of three distinct neighborhoods,” Singer recalled in his memoir. “We had our own churches, stores, athletic fields, services and even our own police force. A bus line crossed our town-within-a-town, and since it was run by one of our own, you could sit anywhere in the bus that you liked.”

It was rare that black people had to go into the white areas of Tulsa. But his mother, Annie Mae Singer, who was a well-known cook in Tulsa, had a business catering in houses owned by white people.

Singer’s mother later told him that during the 48 hours of the massacre, one of her white clients “courageously came to see us and drove my mother and me to the train station. She paid our passage to Kansas City and gave the conductor some money to protect us in case it was necessary.”

Singer’s father, Charles Edward, who oversaw a team of white workers at a mechanical tools company, stayed behind to fight as white mobs raged through their neighborhood.

When Singer, his mother and his siblings returned to Tulsa after the violence ended, Greenwood was gone.

“The neighborhood where Hal was living was burned except for his church,” said his wife, Arlette Singer. “The family had to build another house. It was awful.”

Witnesses described bodies being dumped in mass graves. Nearly a century later, the city plans to dig in Oaklawn Cemetery to learn whether there is a mass grave there, though the timeline has been delayed by the pandemic.

Tulsa plans to dig for suspected mass graves from a 1921 race massacre

Singer, who grew up playing violin as a child, attended Booker T. Washington, Tulsa’s all-black high school. Then he began studying the clarinet and, while attending college at Hampton Institute in Virginia, the tenor saxophone. During a break from college, Singer was recruited to play with Terrence “T.” Holder, a legendary Tulsa band leader and innovative trumpeter.

It was 1938. Singer was only 19. “I played the saxophone nights for a white audience with the famous T. Holder,” Singer recalled in his autobiography. “I was very lucky. The only problem was that my friends couldn’t come to hear me play because of segregation.”

Eventually, Singer quit school to become a musician. He joined Jay McShann’s orchestra in 1943 before moving to New York, where he found work in various bands,according to the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. 

In 1948, Singer formed his own group and was signed to Mercury Records, where he cut his first single, “Fine as Wine.” That year he recorded “Corn Bread,” which reached No. 1 on the R&B charts, according to his discography. He followed “Corn Bread” with another hit, “Beef Stew.”

Singer was recruited for the Duke Ellington Orchestra and played with Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie and Ray Charles, among others.

After touring Europe with Earl “Fatha” Hines, Singer moved to France, where the minister of culture bestowed the title of “Chevalier des Arts” on him. He’d become increasingly disaffected with the United States because of its racial climate and oppression of African Americans.

“Finally, in 1965,” Singer wrote, “I decided to leave my country because of the civil rights protests.”

In Paris, he fell in love with Arlette, with whom he has two daughters. He continued releasing albums for decades and was honored by the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame with a lifetime achievement award in 2013.

Singer has never forgotten Tulsa and what happened there, his wife said. But with his health failing, he wonders if there will ever be reparations for the lives lost and the properties destroyed.

“I have no more trust in justice in my country,” he told her. “It is too tiring. It is too ugly.”

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Rory Gallagher 25th Anniversary – June 14th


Sunday, June 14th, 2020 will mark the 25th anniversary of the passing of the late, lamented musician Rory Gallagher.

With the current lockdown restrictions, understandably, events have had to be curtailed for the occasion; with the postponement of the unveiling of a statue outside of the Ulster Hall in Belfast, and the annual Rory Gallagher four-day music festival, in Ballyshannon, Ireland plus other planned tribute shows.

However, like the musician’s own ability to improvise, the day will be marked by Rory followers around the world. WDR TV, in Germany, will be transmitting his many infamous Rockpalast performances and other European countries will be broadcasting Rory documentaries and concert programming.

On the 14th, Eagle Rock in partnership with YouTube will screen Rory’s performance with Taste at the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970 at 8:00 p.m. (BST) and in the build up to that a streamed mini Rory festival will be taking place across Facebook and YouTube, staring at 5pm, featuring a number of musicians who played with or are inspired by Rory.

Hosted by radio legend David ‘Kid’ Jensen, the stream will include ‘Band Of Friends’ featuring Rory’s former drummer and bass player Brendan O’Neil and Gerry McAvoy, Belfast born singer/songwriter Dom Martin and Peter Donegan, son of Rory’s first musical hero Lonnie Donegan.

Hot Press, Ireland’s premier music and cultural, magazine are producing a special edition to honour the occasion (released June 18th) and together with Fender Musical Instruments they will host the opportunity for someone to win a Fender ‘Rory Gallagher’ replica Stratocaster. The publication will also feature contributions from the Rory’s many admiring peers including new interviews with Slash, Johnny Marr, J Mascis amongst others.

2020 has already been a successful year for Rory’s legend, with the release of the ‘Check Shirt Wizard’ album (a live collection of Rory’s early 1977 UK performances), saw the artist return to the album charts, notably, claiming the No.1 spot in Billboard’s Blues chart for three consecutive weeks. “This is a crowning honour in celebrating my brother, in his anniversary year and especially an acknowledgement of his devoted following” said Dónal Gallagher, Rory’s brother and manager.

Dónal Gallagher and Daniel Gallagher (Rory’s nephew and producer of Rory’s music catalogue) are both available for interviews.

Rory Gallagher Online Tribute Concert 5pm to 8pm June 14th can be streamed from: &

At 8pm the Taste Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970 concert can be streamed from:

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