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Bath Recreation Ground .

June 28th 1969.

It was a great two months in July & Aug 2008 as we had many new rare photos arrive of bands onstage at the festival as well as news on recordings and film . After many years the information is finally coming in thick and fast, thanks to Al Bye and Lawrence Impey for the new pix .... and almost 40 years to the day , in late June 2009 , more new pics added courtesy of Mike Ware.... and 2012 , five new images courtesy of Mike Bird. Now in 2013, some nice colour photos of Taste and an Unknown band courtesy of Mike Read ....

Flyer courtesy Bob Hewish



CHICKEN SHACK.


Stan Webb, Andy Sylvester and Paul Raymond © Mike Bird

 

The inimitable Stan Webb onstage at Bath 1969 © Al Bye

 

    Were one of the best UK blues bands of the era. Fronted by the ubiquitous STAN WEBB , who still leads the band to the present day, they were guaranteed to go down well at a festival, as Stan was a master of the extended emotion wracked blues solo. His style was very much in the vein of Buddy Guy, but with enough originality to make Stan a notable player in his own right.

        This particular version of the Shack did NOT feature the very nubile Christine Perfect, who had just left the band to persue a solo career and of course was eventually to marry John McVie and go on to mega fame and fortune in Fleetwood Mac.

Right : Stan Webb struts his stuff onstage at Bath 1969

Photo © Mike Wheeler
 

Chicken Shack.
Stan Webb - Lead and vocals.
Paul Raymond -piano.
Andy Sylvester - bass
Dave Bidwell.- drums.

 

My memory of Chicken Shack was of John Peel stood there waiting to introduce them while they finished sorting themselves out. Then Stan Webb took out of his pocket a large handkerchief, so Peel announced something along the lines of "And now let's all share in this rather touching moment as Stan clears his nose".
Somehow I just can't imagine that happening today.

Tony Wickham

Sylvester and Raymond © Al Bye

 

Derek Manuel has these memories of the bands performance at Bath .....

Stan Webb walked into the audience with a massive lead on his guitar and played a solo in the middle of the crowd. Stan had to be carried overhead by the crowd to get back to the stage.

  Christine Perfect played great piano with Chicken Shack and sang on "I'd rather go blind"
 

However, Howell Morris contradicts this memory.

My recollection of Chicken Shack was that Christine Perfect had actually left by then and it was Paul Raymond on keyboards.

And judging by the photos we have the figure on the keys looks decidely male.

Stuart Godfrey adds

 
Chicken Shack went down a storm too, Stan Webb giving a typically extrovert
performance with a lot of leaping about..the rest of the band just played
and watched him most of the time.

Its interesting that several people swear blind that Christine Perfect was present, but she clearly was NOT ... memory plays weird tricks.....

 

Left: Stan Webb continues to strut his stuff onstage at Bath 1969

Photo © Mike Wheeler

Stan Webb bids a fond farewell © Mike Ware

visit his Flickr site for more rock photos

John Bravin added this little gem

  

I remember vividly that Stan Webb took his guitar deep in the crowd below the stage, only to be pelted at one point by members of the crowd further back. His response was classic, made more memorable because he had the microphone, and the crowd didn't - "Will the c****s throwing chicken bones f*** off.
Best Wishes
John Bravin

Right : An extremely hairy Dave Bidwell gives his "animal" impersonation onstage at Bath 1969

Photo © Mike Wheeler


Links
My remembrances of Chicken Shack's performance at the 8th National Blues and jazz Festival 1968.
The Penguin -Fleetwood Mac Chicken Shack page with link list
The Unofficial Chicken Shack website.


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Bands in order of appearance.(l to R)

Just Before Dawn.
Colosseum
Roy Harper.
Keef Hartley.
Edgar Broughton
Liverpool Scene. 
Champion Jack Dupree.
Chicken Shack. 
Blodwyn Pig  
The Nice
Led Zeppelin
Principal Edwards Magic Theatre.
Taste

John Mayall


Bands listed below most probably did not perform
 
Babylon 

Group Therapy.

Clouds 

Bath 69 reviews and recording information


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