I decided to record today’s blog post rather than write it. So consider this my first podcast. Today I’ve got some stories from my rock & roll days with Humble Pie. There are also lessons here you can apply to Internet marketing or any goals you’re trying to reach or just consider it a rock and roll history lesson. So let’s take a little trip down memory lane. Be sure and check out the videos below, too.
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That’s yours truly 25 years ago when I was Humble Pie’s tour manager/guitar tech. For the pickers out there, that’s a 1959 Gibson Les Paul 3-pickup model with the middle pickup removed. It’s the lightest Les Paul I’ve ever seen. Steve bought the guitar on an early US tour only later to discover that it had been stolen from Keith Richards.
Before Humble Pie, Steve Marriott formed The Small Faces, which were hugely successful in the UK. Itchycoo Park was The Small Faces highest charting US single reaching #16. It was the first British record to
feature a recording effect called “flanging”.
Steve Marriott was Jimmy Page’s benchmark when seeking a singer for Led Zeppelin. Also, when Mick Taylor left The Rolling Stones, Steve was Keith Richard’s first choice to replace him. Unfortunately, Mick Jagger allegedly blocked the move because Steve upstaged him during the audition. In the video below, you can see Steve with Humble Pie live performing one of their hits, “I Don’t Need No Doctor.”
Click on the image below to hear one of the best interviews I’ve seen with the late Steve Marriott of Humble Pie and Small Faces fame.
Finally, here’s one of the lineup I first worked with in 1982 featuring Steppenwolf’s Goldy McJohn on keyboards and ex-Savoy Brown bassist Jim Leverton performing an un-released song called “Big Train.”
Note: Here is the link to the book I mentioned in the podcast, “Who Are You?” by Jim Barrett and Hugh Green
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all your videos have been taken down. Hmmm….
Hi Dale, must have been a temporary Youtube glitch because they’re all still there. – BH
well done, mate. enjoyed the whole thing…
Thanks, Bro. — BH
Dude! My sister had the exact same hairdoo in 1983. 😉
Wonder what that Les Paul would go for today on eBay…
Nate, there’s a `59 LP TV Special going for $12,500 online. And that’s like a Chevette to a Corvette. Having belonged to both Keith Richards and Steve, the price could be staggering. The last I heard, a guy in Atlanta owns it. Btw, your sister had good taste. 🙂
Yes, she had good taste… in guitars too! She or her husband back then had a late fifties Les Paul Jr. It was uber-kewl. She played bass in a band back then – a Rickenbacker that once belonged to both the bassists from 38 special and Lynrd Skynrd.
Is this your sister that’s now the film editor? Way cool. Back when I was selling vintage guitars in the late 70’s, an early cherry finish LP JR would go for about $500 to $600. A 58 Sunburst would go for around $3k. The value now would be incredible. You could probably trade it for a new S Class Mercedes. 🙂
I remember that guy – young Bill I mean. Of course I was only an infant at the time 😉 Thanks for the flash back, Big Brother!
your “baby sister” Misty
She’s joking, she used to drive me to concerts when I was a kid because she was old enough to drive and I wasn’t. 🙂 — BH
It’s about time you started sharing some of your “Tales from the Marriott Days”, dude. I could listen to you talk about that stuff all day, as you well know! Now give us all some “Tales from the World O’ Glenn” and I’ll be totally psyched. Call me some time soon, bro, we gotta catch up.
Hey, Nelson, glad you liked the videos. We’ll get to Glenn Hughes soon. Sitting in Austin at the Attract Wealth Seminar listening to Michael Murphy speak. No, not the “Wildfire” Michael Murphy. I spoke yesterday. Joe and Craig are coming up this afternoon. Talk soon, buddy.
Thanks for that Hibbler. I just got thru jammin’ to “30 Days” on YT. Spirit lifter. Hell I even dug out the “best of” CD. Lookin for the Honky Tonk cover now……..
The Les Paul you are playing was in Discount Music without the pickup for a grand, or 1100 with the pickup. Steve said he was buying a house. It rips through a british domestic Marshall with a do nothing mystery knob. heh
== That 57 Les Paul was sold at Heritage House Auctions this year for well over $50,000. — Bill
Bill- Ummm not the one that was at Discount.. the one I bought from Steve.. it’s across the room in front of a fan cooling off.
Sorry Tidewater. I’m not sure what guitar you purchased but Steve’s Les Paul sold at auction. I authenticated it myself. The guitar wasn’t actually sold by Steve but his manager at the time. Here’s the link: http://entertainment.ha.com/itm/vintage-guitars-and-musical-instruments/steve-marriott-s-1957-gibson-les-paul-custom-black-solid-body-electric-guitar-serial-7-8756/a/7077-46117.s