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Recreation Ground .
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 ....
courtesy Bob Hewish
Andy Sylvester and Paul
The inimitable Stan
Webb onstage at Bath 1969 © Al Bye
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.
: Stan Webb struts his stuff onstage at Bath 1969
© Mike Wheeler
Stan Webb - Lead and vocals.
Paul Raymond -piano.
Andy Sylvester - bass
Dave Bidwell.- drums.
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.
© Al Bye
Manuel has these memories of the bands performance at Bath .....
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
played great piano with Chicken Shack and sang on "I'd rather go blind"
Howell Morris contradicts this memory.
recollection of Chicken Shack was that Christine Perfect had actually
left by then and it was Paul Raymond on keyboards.
judging by the photos we have the figure on the keys looks decidely male.
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
and watched him most of the time.
interesting that several people swear blind that Christine Perfect was
present, but she clearly was NOT ... memory plays weird tricks.....
Stan Webb continues to strut his stuff onstage at Bath 1969
© Mike Wheeler
Webb bids a fond farewell © Mike
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Bravin added this little gem
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.
: An extremely hairy Dave Bidwell gives his "animal" impersonation
onstage at Bath 1969
© Mike Wheeler
remembrances of Chicken Shack's performance at the 8th National Blues and
jazz Festival 1968.
Penguin -Fleetwood Mac Chicken Shack page with link list
Chicken Shack website.
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