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A BIT OF HISTORY: ‘LONG JOHN BALDRY’

Six-foot-seven-inch-tall British singer who as a fringe member of Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated used to come on stage at the end of the set with Mick and Paul Jones to sing “I’ve Got My Mojo Working.” Upon Cyril Davies’ death, Baldry took over the All-Stars, of which he had been a member, changing the band’s name to the Hoochie Coochie Men, a lineup which included singer Rod Stewart until its breakup in 1965. He and Stewart joined Steampacket, another band which lasted for about a year. By 1966 Baldry led a band called Bluesology, which featured pianist Reg Dwight (who later changed his name to Elton John) and singer Marsha Hunt (see Marsha Hunt entry). It was this band that opened for the Stones on their eighth British tour in September/October 1966.

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