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Lost Classics! Long John Baldry

Posted in Lost Classics! with tags , , on May 27, 2008 by 30daysout

Once upon a time, there were places on the radio dial that you could go to hear things you had never heard before.  And sometimes, you’d never hear those things again.  FM radio, in the magic late 1960s and early 1970s, was a wonder.  Especially late at night, when DJs had utterly free rein in the music they played and the substances they consumed, legal or illegal.  Kinda like the audience.

Anyway, one of the amazing artists I first heard late at night on KLOL radio beaming out of Houston was the British blues belter Long John Baldry.  With a deep, smooth voice that could get rough as sandpaper when he wished, Baldry hit No. 1 in the U.K. in 1967 with a ditty called “Let The Heartaches Begin.”  He also played in a band called Bluesology with one Reginald Dwight on piano.  This pianist tried to commit suicide over some woman and Baldry – who was openly gay – talked the piano player out of marrying the woman.

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