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Single : Daddy Rolling Stone – Streetwalkers

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You want to hear a great rock n roll song?  Ok.  Listen to the Streetwalkers rip this one.  They don’t waste any time getting to it.  With  Nicko McBrain’s drums kicking it off,  the guitar joining in then Roger Chapman comes in with some of CB’s all time favorite vocals.  Then Charlie Whitney or Bob Tench rips a killer solo.  Stuff like this is the reason CB loves this rock n roll thing.  Hard rock heaven.  The great Otis Blackwell’s song Streetwalker style.  Everyone in the band contributes big time to this cut.

There is nothing not to like about this song (For CB anyway).  Do yourself a favor and listen to a great song in the hands of a group of guys who know their trade and how do give it the one two.  CB has listened to this song a zillion times.  Here’s to another zillion.

Oh yeah.  Crank it up!  What a great band.  A CB favorite.

(Other good versions out there. The Who, The Blasters (love this version), Willie DeVille, Phil Alvin)

27 comments on “Single : Daddy Rolling Stone – Streetwalkers

  1. Jim S.
    September 24, 2017

    So when I first started listening to it I thought to myself, “Great. A new band that rocks out old school.” But I looked it up and this came out in 1976! I never heard of this band, any of the musicians or anything. Were these guys popular? This is typically my meat and potatoes but I don’t remember ever hearing their name or any songs on the radio. A gigantic black hole in my musical knowledge.

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  2. cincinnatibabyhead
    September 24, 2017

    Doc you might have noticed on your dig into the band that these guys didn’t just appear. Whitney and Chapman came from ‘Family’ ( JohnWetton, Ric Grech ) fantastic band. Tench was with Beck (among others) for a long time. Roger Chapman (Chappo) has one of my favorite voices. Vinyl Connection and Fox could probably give you a good run down on Family. Huge in Europe.

    Like we talked about. One of those bands in CB’s opinion that should have got way more notice (compared to so many that did). They only have 3 or 4 albums. try ‘Red Card. Charlie Whitney has some good hard rock licks. ‘Family’ have a bunch of great albums. Different style than Streetwalkers. Phew! That was a lot of brain work for CB.

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    • Jim S.
      September 24, 2017

      Actually I didn’t dig too far on any history reasoning that I’d let CB do the heavy lifting on this one. Family I heard of but largely only because of Grech and Blind Faith. But boy, these guys completely and totally blew by me. I’m gonna say that either that weren’t popular in the States or at least not in the Northeast. I was in prime buying/listening/concert-going mode in those days and nothing like that missed my net. BTW, I felt a strong AC/DC-ish flair in there even though I don’t know how well-known those guys were at the time.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        September 24, 2017

        I think they were invisible in the States. Yeah they were all hooked up over on the other side. Tench played with Humble Pie, Van Morrison. These guys have been around forever. If you talked to guys like Dlatrey’Townshend they would all be mates. Family/Streetwalkers are some of CB’s favorite music. I fluked out finding them. They’re in the ACDC type vibe for sure. Older dudes. Some of the Family albums are thrown around as classics. I don’t know about that shit. I just dig them. Chapman’s vocal style has a lot to do with it. Plus they are all tried and true players. Bar guys.

        Doc, head over to Spotify when you get a second and plug in Un ‘Sung Stories’ by Phil Alvin. The album is great but listen to his version of this song. Might even be more your style.

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      • Jim S.
        September 24, 2017

        Will do. But I hope nothing I said indicates Streetwalker are not my style. I dug what I heard and I really like AC/DC. Might even come out of my “no big arena show” hibernation one day and go see them. I enjoy rockabilly and swing and all that. But sometimes you need music that just hits you over the head.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        September 24, 2017

        No not at all. If anything it came through that you really dug it. The Alvin cut is more bluesy. It has a great edge to it. Some nice guitar licks for your pleasure. All these guys are seasoned musicians brought up on that stuff that you and i like. We like it “greasy’ once in a while.

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      • Jim S.
        September 24, 2017

        We like it hot ‘n nasty. I’ll report back later after I listen to the Alvin stuff. And Buchanan. Don’t know if you noticed but Forgotten Classics is featuring some steamy Roy blues on his station today.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        September 24, 2017

        i’ll head over and have a look and listen. He likes that style.

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      • Jim S.
        September 24, 2017

        You were right about the Alvin cut. My thang for sure. How’s the rest of the album? I see Sun Ra is on it??!

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        September 24, 2017

        ‘Daddy’ is the only cut in that style. The other stuff is a mix of old traditional with his spin on things. Alvin and his brother are the keepers of all those old styles. It’s an interesting album which i like because of the different styles. Jazz, folk, blues, country. Americana. Sun Ra lends his talents to the mix. Blasters had broken up so i stuck with Phil and Dave on their journeys. All good stuff for CB.

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  3. greenpete58
    September 25, 2017

    I’m impressed, CB. I knew nothing about Streetwalkers, but I like Family, and have their first two albums (“Music in a Doll’s House” and “Family Entertainment”). Family was one of those bands (like Small Faces) that were big in Europe but didn’t do much over here. The Ric Grech (Bind Faith, Traffic) connection and fact that Dave Mason produced their first album made them kind of a sister band of Traffic, IMO. Their album sleeves were cool, too.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      September 25, 2017

      I figured you might pop in on the ‘Family’ thing. I have all those records. ‘Bandstand’ is cut in the shape of an old TV set. I really like the music Pete. You’re bang on with your take. Those bands were all connected. That’s how i got onto Family. I know we’ve been on a bit of a Steve Marriott jag. Bob Tench off Streetwalkers hooked up with Steve later on with Humble Pie. Yeah you could call me a bit of a fan of these guys. Music Enthusiast will be “impressed” that there are two of us in the Family camp. Thanks for your comment. Now I know I’m not alone.

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      • Jim S.
        September 25, 2017

        Yes, ME is somewhat gobsmacked (as the Brits say) that a band who I knew primarily as “the band Ric Grech came from” is being bandied about so much lately. When Blind Faith formed, we all knew all the other guys. But for a lot of us, Grech (and Family) were a huh? In fact we thought, why not throw out Grech, bring in Bruce, get rid of Winwood (not that we don’t love him) and then you’d have…. oops, Cream. Kidding here of course. We all dug Blind Faith but Clapton wanted off the supergroup train.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        September 25, 2017

        These guys were more than the real thing. I read a comment about Family. “Ladies and gentlemen…The most underrated band in the history of rock music”. I’m not going to argue with that. I bought this Grech album way back and it had cuts from all the bands he played with. Pretty impressive. A young CB ate it up. I’ve stayed with Roger Chapman’s career all these years.

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      • Jim S.
        September 26, 2017

        Hey, CB, minor favor to ask if you get a chance. I did another post on favorite singers. Some of the singers have liinks to previous posts. The links work fine for me but I’m getting at least one report from a reader of ‘page not found.’ If you get a chance sometime, could you travel over to my post (most recent one) and see if the bolded links work?

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        September 26, 2017

        Heading over right now. Just finished watching episode 7 of Ken Burn’s Vietnam. Unbelievable.

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      • Jim S.
        September 26, 2017

        I just started watching the first episode last night. Yeah, hate to have to relive it but seems important to watch.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        September 26, 2017

        I get the “relive it” thing for you down there. Ep #7 tonight. It’s intense. Burns does good work on everything he does. I’d be interested in your take after. They follow a guy from Roxbury in the story. CB has a low opinion of politicians and watching this does raise it. There are so many inspirational stories that I’m getting from it.

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      • Jim S.
        September 26, 2017

        Yeah, I was riveted on part 1, especially the story of the French and Ho Chi Minh. Can’t believe he was a pastry chef in Boston for a while. I’ll report back after I watch a couple more episodes. For the record, when Burns’ ‘Civil War’ thing was on TV way back when, the whole country was buzzing about it. This series is getting relatively little notice. Not sure if that’s because we’re all sick of it we’re all distracted by too many things to watch.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        September 26, 2017

        The French failed and the States followed them down the rabbit hole. Ho Chi Minh was a fascinating guy, ‘Civil War’ was great. ‘Jazz; was a favorite. Keep me posted. Oh yeah the music is great in the series. Burns has his finger on things.

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      • Jim S.
        September 26, 2017

        ‘Baseball’ was great too.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        September 26, 2017

        Yup. All his work is top notch. Researched. Novel concept.

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  4. dcw0731
    September 29, 2017

    CB never heard of them before. What a great rocking tune

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      September 29, 2017

      Ain’t that a killer. I’ll be doing a take on the whole album (Red Card) when i get to it. ‘Me and Me Horse and Me Rum’ is a killer track off of it. Has a western vibe to it. Sort of like that song you posted from Dire Straits.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      September 29, 2017

      Check this out. Live Streetwalkers ‘Run For Cover’

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      • dcw0731
        September 29, 2017

        Another good one. I will have to check out much more of their stuff. The dude doing the vocals has one of those voices that just says rock.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        September 29, 2017

        Roger Chapman (Chappo) is one of CB’s favorites. No flash and dash. Charlie Whitney on guitar is no slouch. Great band. No shortage of material with Family, Streetwalkers and all Chapman’s solo stuff.

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