Buying the albums sampled on “You Can All Join In”.
We continue today with Phil Sutcliffe’s notes from the insert from the expanded CD. The newly formed band are looking for a bass player:
“Much the youngest of the four, Andy Fraser (July 3, 1952), from Roehampton, West London, had already plugged into the aristocracy of British R&B. His Guyanese father left home when he was six. His English mother worked three jobs a day to provide for her four children. Fraser, meanwhile, learnt the social agility to survive being called “Nigger” in the playground and “that weird white kid” when, precociously, he played bass in East End Caribbean clubs. Then he struck lucky. Studying at Hammersmith College of Education, he went out with Sappho Korner, the daughter of British blues doyen Alexis. Early in 1968, Korner recommended the 15-year-old to John Mayall and for six hectic weeks he was a Bluesbreaker alongside future Rolling Stone Mick Taylor. But the restless Mayall warned Korner his protege was for the chop and Korner passed Fraser’s name to Kossoff and Kirke via producer and Blue Horizon owner Mike Vernon.
“So to the upstairs room at The Nag’s Head.” [see above].
Next time, we continue with these notes and this most significant meeting.