JOHNNY KIDD & THE PIRATES – I CAN TELL

JOHNNY KIDD & THE PIRATES – \”A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues\” / \”I Can Tell\” (HMV 45-POP-1088) December 1962

The coupling of Arthur Alexander\’s \”A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues\” and Bo Diddley\’s \”I Can Tell\” was a classic double A-Side, once described by Spencer Leigh as marking \”the transition from British Rock & Roll to Merseybeat.\”

By the end of 1962, rhythm and blues was becoming popular in Clubs all over the country. Kidd and his new Pirates made a wise move by cutting \”A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues\” / \”I Can Tell\”. The latter, and my favourite side, is notable for Mick Green\’s searing guitar solo. Shame that the single scraped up the Charts settling at #48 but it remains an important disc, being one of the earliest true British R&B records to get anywhere in the Charts.

Johnny Kidd (vocals)
Mick Green (lead guitar)
Johnny Spence (bass)
Frank Farley (drums)
recorded 26/09/62 

Record Mirror – May, 1962

 

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