Keith played in the band during the mid 1960's and amongst their support slots they performed before the legendary blues artist "Sonny Boy Williamson". Williamson had been been brought to play in the Golden Eagle in Hill Street by Georgio Gomelski while touring with the Yardbirds, another who played before Sonny Boy in Birmingham was Spencer Davis. "The Williamsons" band became a dedication to Sonny Boy. Before he left the Industrial heartland, Sonny Boy gave Keith's band a wonderful accolade by declaring the Williamsons "..a great young blues band." true praise indeed from a man who started his own career playing alongside people such as blues hero's Robert Johnson, Robert Nighthawk, Robert Jr. Lockwood and Elmore James.
Sonny soon returned to the U.S. after his European shows and continued to play until his untimely death on May 25, 1965. Sonny Boy Williamson left behind an array of truly inspired future Rock legends such as Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Robbie Robertson to name but a few, and talking of Eric Clapton... (taken from a recent email from Keith Law:)
'Someone mentioned Wolverhampton,
and one night in the late 60's I stood in a queue
with Robert (Plant), outside Wolverhampton Town Hall.
Top of the bill, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers.
Bob and I went to the Gents, and were
chatting, and then we were joined by two blokes,
on Bob's left hand side stood John Mayall,
and on my right, stood Eric Clapton!!! ' - Keith Law
(Robert Plant later covered Sonny Boy Williamson's 'Bring It On Home' while playing in Led Zeppelin)
And so, back to 2007. I think that the need for a small low key but well fitted out blues venue in central Brum today is quite apparent, Ronnie Scot ts fitted the bill until it turned into a lap dance bar, although the prices were a little steep (when it was Ronnie's of course), anyone reading this with a love of Blues could do far worse than put their money into a low key Brum Blues joint, the performers are out there, they just need a stool, mike, amp, drinks and audience to entertain (I really don't like large overpriced venues like the Alexandra), anyway I shall let Keith close this blog.. stay safe guys. BB
'You don't have to be famous,
to make a living in the music business,
just give the folks, what they want' - Keith Law
Written on Friday, January 12, 2007