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Little Red Rooster – Savoy Brown – LIVE

Kim Simmonds rocked our world at San Juan Capistrano’s CoachHouse Concert Hall. A night to remember indeed, the crowd was barkin’ and howlin’ all night long!! Special thanks and shout out to Gary and Clyde at the Coachhouse for making this video possible.
Savoy Brown 2011:
Kim Simmonds – Guitar
Joe Whiting – Vocals
Garnet Grimm – Drums
Pat DeSalvo – Bass

Little Red Rooster - Savoy Brown - LIVE


History of Savoy Brown​

Originally called the Savoy Brown Blues Band, this group can rightly take credit for cutting the farewell anthem of the 1960s British blues boom, in the form of a modern blues aptly titled “Train to Nowhere.” Historically as well as musically, this song remains a sad reminder that by the time of its 1969 release as a single, most original blues were no longer commercially viable in Britain, as more and more blues clubs closed their doors for good.

Within four years of the bands formation, however, they had become a major league live act in America. At home in Britain, they weren’t so lucky, and never really broke out of the club scene despite founder/guitarist Kim Simmonds’s (b. December 5, 1947; Newbridge, South Wales) persistence as the band’s only continuous member.

​Today, critics believe that one reason for Savoy Brown’s inability to gain a foothold in Britain was its high personnel turnover, but these frequent lineup changes also led to some noteworthy ensembles. Many consider that the recordings featuring Chris Youlden’s rich vocals and songwriting augmented by Kim Simmonds’s jazz-tinged, fluent blues guitar, were Savoy Brown’s finest work; this being especially so on such late-1960s cuts as “She’s Got a Ring in His Nose and a Ring on Her Hand” (a classy swing-blues) and the completely different and desolate groove of “Mr. Downchild.” The early-1970s also saw some interesting personnel changes including a collaboration with Chicken Shack’s Stan Webb (when the band also was known as the Boogie Brothers).