Too Late For Crying by Long John Baldry

#1040: Too Late For Crying by Long John Baldry

Peak Month: February 1982
9 weeks on Vancouver’s CFUN chart
Peak Position #18
Peak Position on Billboard Hot 100 ~ did not chart

Long John Baldry was a legendary figure in the early British blues scene. He was born in East London in January, 1941.  a beloved mentor and performer, and one of the music world’s great eccentrics. John had a knack for discovering talent. Ginger Baker, Jeff Beck and Brian Jones all worked with him early on. Elton John played piano in one of his bands, other Rolling Stones too – Charlie, Ron Wood, and Keith. In 1962, when The Rolling Stones were just getting started, they opened for him in London. Eric Clapton has said many times that John was one of the musicians that inspired him to play the Blues. And for their internationally televised special in 1964, The Beatles invited John to perform his version of ‘I Got My Mojo Working’.  Rod Stewart, referred to Baldry in his book, The Making of a Legend: “in those days the only music we fell in love with was the Blues, and John was the first white guy singing it, in his wonderful voice. It was the true Blues and everyone looked up to him.”

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