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Early UK Slide Guitarists (apart from Brian)
Posted by: ash ()
Date: October 25, 2015 15:08

Brian was one of the early UK slide guitarists. I wondered who else from the UK was using a slide before the so-called Blues Boom.
I can suggest Colin Manley of Liverpool's Remo 4 - there is a tape of them playing at the Iron Door club in 1961 and he plays a pretty amazing version of Santo and Johnny's Sleepwalk (inspiration for Peter Green's Albatross)- he's using something as a slide but i was quite taken aback by his performance as blues bottle/slide was such a rarity in the UK at that time and i never imagined a Merseybeat band would be using one. Manley was highly regarded by many Liverpool guitarists.
Who else was using one back then in the UK ? Alexis Korner ??
any suggestions for further listening ?

Re: Early UK Slide Guitarists (apart from Brian)
Posted by: Elmo ()
Date: October 26, 2015 02:44

Dave Kelly, Tony McPhee, Tom McGuiness, Alexis Korner,

Re: Early UK Slide Guitarists (apart from Brian)
Posted by: pepganzo ()
Date: October 26, 2015 09:01

John Mayall too

Re: Early UK Slide Guitarists (apart from Brian)
Posted by: Come On ()
Date: October 26, 2015 09:39

Don't forget:



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Re: Early UK Slide Guitarists (apart from Brian)
Posted by: pepganzo ()
Date: October 26, 2015 09:45

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Come On
Don't forget:


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Re: Early UK Slide Guitarists (apart from Brian)
Posted by: ash ()
Date: October 26, 2015 13:41

George Formby...blimey so underneath that cheeky chappy exterior was a man bedevilled by the blues. That could explain why all the buildings at the crossroads had very clean windows.
Dave Kelly, Tony McPhee, Tom McGuiness- didn't these guys show up sliding well after 1963 ? I know Tom McGuiness from his work with Manfred Mann. Was he using slide before he joined them ?
Obviously Alexis had been doing his thing for several years before the Stones as had John Mayall.
Later on you get Jeff Beck (Yardbirds - Steeled Blues), Jeremy Spencer (whose Elmore James stylings are pretty amazing the first couple of times) etc...
Brian does appear to have been in a pretty select club in this pre-63 era.

Re: Early UK Slide Guitarists (apart from Brian)
Posted by: 24FPS ()
Date: October 26, 2015 22:12

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ash
George Formby...blimey so underneath that cheeky chappy exterior was a man bedevilled by the blues. That could explain why all the buildings at the crossroads had very clean windows.
Dave Kelly, Tony McPhee, Tom McGuiness- didn't these guys show up sliding well after 1963 ? I know Tom McGuiness from his work with Manfred Mann. Was he using slide before he joined them ?
Obviously Alexis had been doing his thing for several years before the Stones as had John Mayall.
Later on you get Jeff Beck (Yardbirds - Steeled Blues), Jeremy Spencer (whose Elmore James stylings are pretty amazing the first couple of times) etc...
Brian does appear to have been in a pretty select club in this pre-63 era.

Yeah, but did anybody do what Brian did, take basically an acoustic, or country idea, and forge it onto a rock song, which is what he did with I Wanna Be Your Man?

Re: Early UK Slide Guitarists (apart from Brian)
Posted by: ash ()
Date: October 27, 2015 13:22

Well apparently not. It would seem that even using bottleneck at that time was pretty radical in the UK. In the post-war era to 1963, we've only managed to come up with George Formby, Alexis, Mayall, Colin Manley and Brian.
You'll get no argument from me about Brian's work on I Wanna Be Your Man. Absolutely effing storming.
Bill's bass is pretty awesome too.
I wish there was a way to combine the Stones verses and solo with The Beatles chorus( with all those fab backing vocals in particular Paul). That would be the best of both worlds. I might have a bash at that sometime.

Re: Early UK Slide Guitarists (apart from Brian)
Posted by: Big Al ()
Date: October 27, 2015 19:08

George Formby played the ukelele, so how is he an example of an 'early U.K. slide-guitarist'?

Re: Early UK Slide Guitarists (apart from Brian)
Posted by: ash ()
Date: October 28, 2015 12:45

I was humouring Come On but there is a technique of slides on the ukelele. Admittedly it isn't exactly what we're talking about which is using an implement such as a bottle neck for slides.

Re: Early UK Slide Guitarists (apart from Brian)
Posted by: Deltics ()
Date: October 28, 2015 13:00

Brian Knight.
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