Chuck Berry, Albert and the Lion
And on my shelves in the shed are hundreds more CDs that I haven't transferred to the lap-top yet...
I mean I have to be a bit weird don't I? In the 60s and 70s I would be listening to Gus Cannon and his Jug Stompers one moment and Bert Lloyd and Ewan MacColl the next; one moment Willie Clancy and Finbar Dwyer the next Steeleye Span.
And when it came to comedy Lenny Bruce and Lord Buckley would rub shoulders with Chick Murray, Billy Bennett and George Formby. An eclectic mix you might say but worse still, in the pub I would be singing Chuck Berry's 'Johnny B Goode' straight after 'The Manchester Rambler' and 'King Cotton' would be followed by 'Albert and the Lion'.
No wonder I'm not well in my head.
Which brings me to my main point Jack-E McAuley. I've never understood why Jack is not better known - a brilliant singer and musician who has written some superb songs ('Bad Day at Black Rock' and 'Ride the Peace Train') and has also performed some great versions of songs like 'The Auld Triangle' and 'Come On In My Kitchen'. I am tempted to begin a one man crusade to get the chap's music better known.
Meantime I will put his great song 'Blind Willie Johnson' into one of the forthcoming shows it's the least I can do.