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Tapestry of Delights:
It should be said that despite his enormous influence on British rock, blues and R&B Korner wasn't actually British. He was born in Paris in 1928 to Greek/Turkish and Austrian parents. He relocated to England at the start of the Second World War and began his music career in 1948 in a blues group which was part of The Chris Barber Jazz Band. He then played in various skiffle and blues groups until he formed Blues Incorporated in late 1961 with Cyril Davies. They were among the first white electric blues bands in the world.
They began playing at Ealing Blues Club but later got a residency at The Marquee. This seminal band became a breeding ground for what were later to become some of Britain's top rock musicians. More a loose collection of musicians and vocalists than a tight-knit group, those who passed through their ranks included future Rolling Stones; Mick Jagger, Keith Richard, Charlie Watts and Brian Jones, as well as Long John Baldry, Paul Jones, Graham Bond, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Eric Burdon and Ginger Baker to name but a few.
In 1962 Blues Incorporated, whose blues sessions were legendary to blues fans throughout the country, recorded a live album R At The Marquee. Korner went on to record several other albums during the sixties, although he concentrated mainly on touring and session work. By the mid-sixties, future Pentangle members Danny Thompson and Terry Cox were a pivotal part of his live band.
In 1967, he formed an outfit called Free At Last (Cliff Barton, Victor Brox, Gerry Conway, Marsha Hunt, Hughie Flint and Binky McKenzie) but it proved very short term and didn't survive the year. For the next year or so, he worked first with Victor Brox and then Robert Plant in duos.
He toured Scandinavia in 1968 with Peter Thorup, a Danish singer, then formed New Church with Thorup the following year. The band only lasted until late 1970, but Korner and Thorup continued to work together, teaming up with producer Mickie Most and director/composer John Cameron to form a big band CCS (Collective Consciousness Society) which had a few hits, including a cover of Led Zeppelin's Whole Lotta Love, which became 'Top Of The Pops' theme tune.
In 1972, Korner formed another short-lived group, Snape, with Thorup and ex-members of King Crimson. Snape backed him on Accidentally Born In New Orleans.
On his final album, Get Off My Cloud, he was backed by an array of talent - Peter Frampton, Colin Hodgkinson, Nicky Hopkins, Kokomo, Stevie Marriott and Keith Richard.
In his later days, Korner worked more as a broadcaster, although he continued to work as a musician too. Clearly a man of many talents - he'd been instrumental in the formation of Free and had also played for a while in the house band for children's TV show 'Five O'Clock Club' - his premature death from throat cancer was a tragedy.
1. One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer (Rudolph Toombs) 2:50
2. Stump Blues (Big Bill Broonzy) 4:50
3. Stream Line Train (Nelson-Lofton) / My Babe (Willie Dixon) 5:10
4. 32-20 Blues (Robert Johnson) 4:50
5. High-Heel Sneakers (Robert Higginbotham) 4:20
6. Will The Circle Be Unbroken (Gabriel/Haberchon) 7:04
7. Mary Open The Door (Duffy Power) 6:00
8. Blue Monday (Bartholomew/Domino) 2:13
9. Key To The Highway (Broonzy/Segar) 4:42
10. Catcote Rag (Aspery/Hodgkinson) 3:28
11. Phonograph Blues (Johnson) 3:22
12. Little Bitty Gal Blues (Turner) 4:43
13. Sweet Home Chicago (Johnson) 3:50
14. Cherry Red (Turner/Johnson) 3:05
15. I Got My Mojo Working (Foster) 4:15
16. Gospelship (Trad.arr.Korner) 3:30
17. Geneva (Trad.arr.Korner) 4:14
Recorded "Live" at La Chapelle des Lombards In France March 1980
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