Sunday, June 28, 2009

The Roadrunners\ Shorty and Them - Star-Club Show 2 (1965)

Originally called The Tenabeats, the band formed in Liverpool in 1962. After establishing themselves on the local club circuit, including many appearances at the legendary Cavern Club, they appeared on the bill at the Town Hall in Birmingham supporting Sonny Boy Williamson & The Yardbirds alongside Long John Baldry and The Spencer Davis Rhythm & Blues Quartet. This gig was recorded and subsequently released as an album which features two songs by The Roadrunners, "You Can Make It If You Try" and "Mary Ann".

Like many of the Liverpool groups, they spent a good deal of their time in Germany, where they recorded two albums (sharing the second one with a Newcastle group called Shorty and Them). When Percy left the band in mid '64, they replaced him not with another guitarist, but with two saxophonists, Nick Carver (a.k.a Nick La Grec) and Johnny Phillips, and changed their musical style from blues-oriented rock to more of a "soul" sound. 

There were further changes in personnel with Hart and Boyce both departing in '65, their places being taken by Mike Kontzle (guitar), Mike Byrne (vocals) and Terry McCusker (drums).

Having turned their backs on a major record company (Decca) in '64, declining to submit to the forces of commercialisation, The Roadrunners eventually called it a day in 1966.

By rights, if talent were a consideration, The Roadrunners would be remembered alongside such 1960's British blues outfits as the Rolling Stones, the Animals, and the Pretty Things. At least, they'd have been doing the kind of profitable concertizing in northern Europe that performers Alexis Korner and even the Downliners Sect were doing in the late 1960's. They never made it that far, however, despite counting the Beatles among their more outspoken fans ...MORE !!!
The Roadrunners
1 - Mary Ann
2 - Have You Ever Had The Blues
3 - My Baby Left Me
4 - Hitchhike
5 - Cry Cry Cry
6 - Got My Mojo Working

Shorty & Them
7 - Carol
8 - Dimples
9 - House Of The Rising Sun
10 - Farmer John
11 - Walkin The Dog Part 1
  Rock Around The Clock
  Walkin The Dog Part 2

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