I hope the new week finds you well.
Today’s selection is a very recent acquisition that was so groovy that I had to usher it right to the front of the line.
Bobbie (Bobby) Graham was the preeminent UK session drummer of the Beat era, almost climbing to Hal Blaine-like heights, playing on tons of Number One singles for a who’s who of the UK 60s scene, not the least of which was his work as the studio stand-in for Dave Clark on many of the DC5’s biggest records.
Graham got his start in the Outlaws alongside Ritchie Blackmore, eventually working his way into the Joe Meek stable where he punished the skins on countless great records.
He was to become part of the core UK session band, alongside Big Jim Sullivan, (Little) Jimmy Page and Vic Flick.
He only recorded two 45s under his own name, the first of which was today’s selection, 1965’s ‘Zoom, Widge and Wag’.
‘Zoom, Widge and Wag’, co-written by Graham and Jimmy Page is a thundering instro, with (naturally) lots of drums, organ, and wailing guitar from the future Zeppelin commander.
There is no producer credited on the 45 and despite Graham’s history with Meek I don’t see anything suggesting he was at the dials.
The flip side (actually the A-side!) is a cover of American jazz drummer Louie Bellson’s ‘Skin Deep’, a much less inspiring effort.
I hope you dig the sounds, and I’ll see you next week.
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