Buying the albums sampled on “You Can All Join In”.
Fred “Kermit” Dellar’s November 1995 notes in the CD insert kick off like this:
” “He’s Bolton’s answer to Booker T[*].” proclaimed Andy Fairweather Low, when Mick Weaver (aka Wynder K. Frog) took over the keyboards chair with his band.
An apt description.
And there once was a time when club promoters thought of Mick in just such terms. “Direct from America – Wynder K. Frog” read some of the ads in the late ’60s. Upon entry, many of the punters were surprised to find that the man with a way with a steam-heat Hammond was neither American, nor black, as anticipated, but a long-haired hippy who had started out as a member of Colchester beat group, Fairies. And surprisingly, sounded exactly as if he had been shopping, musically, in Main Street, Memphis, such early Frog singles as “Turn On Your Lovelight” (1969) and “I’m A Man” (1967) – the latter cut live at Brigitte Bardot’s birthday party – confirming the Weaver credentials. Confusing?”
*Booker T. and the MGs, who had a big hit single in the UK with “Time is Tight”, a tune of which, curiously, I am very fond. I liked the haunting melody and subdued arrangement, neither of which were really there in Mick Weaver’s playing