Monday, 18 July 2011

GEORGIE FAME AND THE BLUE FLAMES FAMILY TREE

This family tree is the work of Bruno Ceriotti. Help in putting this together has been provided by Patrick Vinet and John H Warburg, to whom I'm most grateful.


CLAY NICHOLLS AND THE BLUE FLAMES #1 (ca. NOV 1958 - ca. MAR 1959)
1) Vincente Tartaglia (aka Clay Nicholls) vocals
2) Anthony 'Tony' Harvey guitar
3) Michael 'Mike' O'Neill piano
4) ? bass
5) Alan 'Al' Allison drums


CLAY NICHOLLS AND THE BLUE FLAMES #2 (JUN 1959 - AUG 1959)
1) Clay Nicholls
2) Joseph Roger 'Joe' Brown lead guitar
3) Richard William 'Rick' Hardy rhythm guitar
4) Peter Wharton bass
5) Johnny Watson drums


CLAY NICHOLLS AND THE BLUE FLAMES #3 (AUG 1959 - SEPT 1959)
1) Clay Nicholls
2) Rick Hardy
3) Peter Wharton
4) Johnny Watson
5) Tony Harvey lead guitar


BILLY FURY AND THE BLUE FLAMES #1 (DEC 1959)
1) Ronald William Wycherley (aka Billy Fury) vocals
2) Clive Powell (aka Georgie Fame) piano
3) Brian Gregg bass
4) Clemente Anselmo Arturo 'Clem' Cattini drums
5) Kenneth 'Kenny' Packwood guitar


CLAY NICHOLLS AND THE BLUE FLAMES #4 (JUN 1961)
1) Clay Nicholls
2) Georgie Fame
3) Anthony Paul 'Tex' Makins bass
4) Red Reece drums
5) Colin Green guitar


BILLY FURY AND THE BLUE FLAMES #2 (JUN 1961 - DEC 1961)
1) Billy Fury
2) Georgie Fame
3) Tex Makins
4) Red Reece
5) Colin Green


EARL WATSON AND THE BLUE FLAMES (DEC 1961 - MAY 1962)
1) Alan 'Earl' Watson vocals, tenor sax
2) Georgie Fame
3) Tex Makins
4) Red Reece
5) Colin Green


GEORGIE FAME AND THE BLUE FLAMES #1 (MAY 1962 - JUN 1962)
1) Georgie Fame now also on vocals
2) Tex Makins
3) Red Reece
4) Michael 'Mick' Eve tenor sax
5) Joseph Edward 'Joe' Moretti guitar
6) Nii Moi 'Speedy' Acquaye percussion


GEORGIE FAME AND THE BLUE FLAMES #2 (JUN 1962 - JUL 1962)
 1) Georgie Fame
2) Tex Makins
3) Red Reece
4) Mick Eve
5) Speedy Acquaye
6) John McLaughlin guitar


GEORGIE FAME AND THE BLUE FLAMES #3 (JUL 1962 - OCT 1962)
1) Georgie Fame
2) Tex Makins
3) Red Reece
4) Mick Eve
5) Speedy Acquaye
6) John McLaughlin
7) Johnny Marshall baritone sax


GEORGIE FAME AND THE BLUE FLAMES #4 (OCT 1962 - APR 1963)
1) Georgie Fame
2) Red Reece
3) Mick Eve
4) Speedy Acquaye
5) John McLaughlin
6) Johnny Marshall
7) Ray 'Boots' Slade bass


GEORGIE FAME AND THE BLUE FLAMES #5 (APR 1963 - 1963)
1) Georgie Fame
2) Red Reece
3) Mick Eve
4) Speedy Acquaye
5) Johnny Marshall
6) Boots Slade


GEORGIE FAME AND THE BLUE FLAMES #6 (1963 - OCT 1963)
1) Georgie Fame
2) Red Reece
3) Mick Eve
4) Johnny Marshall
5) Boots Slade
6) Edward 'Eddie' Thornton trumpet


GEORGIE FAME AND THE BLUE FLAMES #7 (OCT 1963 - ca. DEC 1963)
1) Georgie Fame
2) Red Reece
3) Mick Eve
4) Johnny Marshall
5) Tex Makins
6) Eddie Thornton
7) Speedy Acquaye


GEORGIE FAME AND THE BLUE FLAMES #8 (ca. DEC 1963 - ca. JAN 1964)
1) Georgie Fame
2) Mick Eve
3) Johnny Marshall
4) Tex Makins
5) Eddie Thornton
6) Speedy Acquaye
7) Tommy Frost drums (sometimes play him and sometimes the other below drummer)
8) Roy Mills drums (sometimes play him and sometimes the other above drummer)


GEORGIE FAME AND THE BLUE FLAMES #9 (aka #7) (ca. JAN 1964 - APR 1964)
1) Georgie Fame
2) Red Reece
3) Mick Eve
4) Johnny Marshall
5) Tex Makins
6) Eddie Thornton
7) Speedy Acquaye


GEORGIE FAME AND THE BLUE FLAMES #10 (APR 1964 - MAY 1964)
1) Georgie Fame
2) Tex Makins
3) Mick Eve
4) Speedy Acquaye
5) Peter Coe sax
6) James George 'Jimmy' Nicol drums


GEORGIE FAME AND THE BLUE FLAMES #11 (MAY 1964 - JUL 1964)
1) Georgie Fame
2) Tex Makins
3) Mick Eve
4) Speedy Acquaye
5) Peter Coe
6) Phillip William 'Phil' Seamen drums


GEORGIE FAME AND THE BLUE FLAMES #12 (JUL 1964 - SEPT 1964)
1) Georgie Fame
2) Tex Makins
3) Speedy Acquaye
4) Peter Coe
5) Phil Seamen
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6) Michael 'Mickey' 'The Fox' Waller drums (filled in for Phil Seamen in several shows when the latter was too ill to play)


GEORGIE FAME AND THE BLUE FLAMES #13 (SEPT 1964 - OCT 1964)
1) Georgie Fame
2) Tex Makins
3) Speedy Acquaye
4) Peter Coe
5) Bill Eyden drums


GEORGIE FAME AND THE BLUE FLAMES #14 (OCT 1964 - NOV 1964)
1) Georgie Fame
2) Peter Coe
3) Speedy Acquaye
4) Tex Makins
5) Bill Eyden
6) Colin Green


GEORGIE FAME AND THE BLUE FLAMES #15 (NOV 1964 - MAR 1965)
1) Georgie Fame
2) Peter Coe
3) Speedy Acquaye
4) Tex Makins
5) Bill Eyden
6) Colin Green
7) Glenn Hughes baritone sax


GEORGIE FAME AND THE BLUE FLAMES #16 (MAR 1965 - DEC 1965)
1) Georgie Fame
2) Peter Coe
3) Speedy Acquaye
4) Tex Makins
5) Bill Eyden
6) Colin Green
7) Glenn Hughes
8) Eddie Thornton 


GEORGIE FAME AND THE BLUE FLAMES #17 (DEC 1965 - JUL 1966)
1) Georgie Fame
2) Colin Green
3) Glenn Hughes
4) Eddie Thornton
5) Speedy Acquaye
6) Peter Coe
7) Clifford Howard 'Cliff' Barton bass
8) John Ronald 'Mitch' Mitchell drums


GEORGIE FAME AND THE BLUE FLAMES #18 (JUL 1966 - OCT 2, 1966)
1) Georgie Fame
2) Peter Coe
3) Colin Green
4) Glenn Hughes
5) Mitch Mitchell
6 Richard 'Ricky' Brown bass

14 comments:

  1. When did Glenn Hughes die? I thought it was 1966 because was at the Flamingo with Long John Baldry and Duffy Power when someone came in and said Glenn had died having set fire to himself while nodding out. Does anyone know please as I am writing a short item on that period.

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    1. yes 1966, late 1966, around November or December....

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    2. Thanks, Bruno. Was reading Ginger Baker's autobiography (awful) and he mentions Glenn's death out of sequence.

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    3. Uncertain memories! According to the Melody Maker at the time Glenn Hughes had left, or was leaving, the Blue Flames to form a band with John McLaughlin and bassist Rick Laird.

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  2. Can anyone assist with BBC broadcast dates? In particular, the two "live" shows from the Ricky Tick Club. Cheers

    "Young Michael"

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  3. I have a cutting from MELODY MAKER 5 November 1966 reporting Glenn Hughes death in Shepherds Bush
    the Friday before publication he was 24.

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  4. Cliff Barton died around the same time and Red Reece was hospitalised. Red lived on for some years and was featured in an article in the Guardian about substance abuse victims on zimmer frames!

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  5. Seeing Rick Hardy's name mentioned in the 1950's.....late 50's Harry Webb often stood in with Rick Hardy at the 2 i's coffee bar and when he got his big break he wrote to Rick telling him Harry had borrowed Richard Hardy's first name when choosing a stage name.

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  6. I'm writing about Johnny Marshall in an article about small faces session musicians. There appears very little info considering what we has done over the years...

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  7. Is it possible to include the various line-ups of The Georgie Fame Band after he broke up The Blue Flames?
    According to www.bradfordtimeline.co.uk/mindex66g.htm Georgie played the Odeon, Leeds, UK, as part of a package tour, on 22nd October 1966 - who was backing him? (The programme says he and the Blue Flames decided to separate in September 1966).
    Jon Hiseman joined on drums in August 1967 and there is a video on YouTube of him, together with Lyn Dobson on sax and Ricky Brown on bass, playing at Lucerne at this link:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTV0opOQ7Qs
    I saw Georgie play at The Orchid Ballroom, Purley, UK on 27th November 1967, with Jon Hiseman on drums, and they were billed as Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames.
    Jon says he stayed with Georgie until the break-up of the band after Bonnie & Clyde hit No.1 in the charts on 27th January 1968, according to an interview at this link:
    http://www.mikedolbear.co.uk/story.asp?StoryID=2582
    Chris Groom's book 'Rockin' and around Croydon' lists Georgie Fame playing the Orchid Ballroom, Purley, UK again on 5th February 1968, billed as just Georgie Fame, so that might have been Jon's last gig with Georgie.
    Dave Harwood

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    1. I will Dave when time allows

      Cheers,
      Bruno

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    2. There is a Feb. 1967 Beat Instrumental article about Georgie Fame at this link:
      http://gfarchives.absoluteelsewhere.net/MagazineArticles/10_beat_ins_2-67.html
      It includes the then current line-up of the Georgie Fame Band, including Lyn Dobson, Johnny Marshall, Derek Wadsworth, Eddie Thornton, Rick Brown and Red Reece.
      Dave Harwood

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    3. There is a YouTube clip of Georgie Fame playing at Music Hall de France on 14th April 1967 with Red Reece on drums at this link:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PDrSg0CGxc

      ...and another clip from the German TV show ‘Beat, Beat, Beat’ on 17th April 1967 with Hughie Flint on drums at this link:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tg5GKu1Xxs

      Harry Shapiro’s biography of Alexis Korner says that Hughie Flint joined Alexis’ trio ‘Free At Last’ with Cliff Barton on bass (later replaced by Binky McKenzie) from September 1966 until the middle of 1967, when Hughie Flint accepted a job with Georgie Fame.
      Dave Harwood

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  8. Terry Hounsome's book 'New Rock Record' lists the musicians in Georgie Fame's 1969 live band as John Warren (baritone sax), Harold Beckett (trumpet), Frank Ricotti (percussion/alto sax), Chris Pyne (trombone), Alan Skidmore (tenor sax), Harvey Burns (drums), Colin Green (guitar), Brian Odgers (bass guitar).
    There is also a lot of info regarding Georgie and John McLaughlin at this link:
    http://theafterword.co.uk/the-worlds-first-john-mclaughlin-interview-probably-march-1963/
    Dave Harwood

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