Long John Baldry
Dubbed 'Long' John because of his towering 6 feet, 7 inch stature, Baldry was a popular artist at the many London blues venues available during the early 1960s. His deep husky voice suited the genre well and he enjoyed the company of many of the capital's top Blues musicians including the legendary Cyril Davies.
Although he was a popular stage performer, particularly with female members of his audience, Baldry enjoyed no commercial success with his recordings until he changed his record company to Pye. There, he was put in the company of the great songwriting partnership of Macaulay and McLeod and given the chance to sing a romantic 'pop' ballad. The result was to give the songwriting team a consecutive UK #1, by displacing their previous songwriting triumph 'Baby, Now That I've Found You' by the Foundations from that position.
However, his spell at the top was short lived and not really Baldry's scene. Despite a handful of minor hits, his pop music days were over by the end of the 1960s. Sadly, Baldry found it very difficult to return to the Blues he loved. His previous success in the London clubs had largely been forgotten and he became regarded by audiences as a member of the '1960s nostalgia club' and they expected to hear his old hit, not the blues material that he sang so well.
After several abortive attempts to restart his UK career with help from old friends like Elton John and Rod Stewart he eventually emigrated to Canada where he continued to sing his deep husky blues.
Sadly, Long John Baldry died in Vancouver, from a chest infection on July 22nd 2005, after suffering from respiratory problems over a long period.
|United Artists UP1056||1964||Up Above My Head/ You'll Be Mine|
|United Artists UP1078||1965||I'm On To You Baby/ Goodbye Baby|
|United Artists UP1107||1965||How Long Will It Last/ House Next Door|
|United Artists UP1124||1966||Unseen Hands/ Turn On Your Lovelight|
|United Artists UP1136||1966||The Drifter/ Only A Fool Breaks His Own Heart|
|United Artists UP1158||1966||Cuckoo/ Bring My Baby Back To Me|
|United Artists UP1204||1967||Only A Fool Breaks His Own Heart/ Let Him Go|
|Pye 7N17385||1967||Let The Heartaches Begin/ Annabella||#1|
|Pye 7N17455||1968||Hold Back the Daybreak/ Since I Lost You Baby|
|Pye 7N17563||1968||Mexico/ We're Together||#15|
|Pye 7N17593||1968||When The Sun Comes Shining Through/ Wise To The Ways Of The World||#29|
|Pye 7N17664||1969||It's Too Late Now/ Long And Lonely Nights||#21|
|Pye 7N17815||1969||Wait For Me/ Don't Pity Me|
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