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Bad Manners: Forging Ahead

In October 1982, “Magnet” label released “Forging Ahead”, the fourth Bad Manners album. It was recorded in 1982, at “Rockfield Studios” in Monmouth, Wales and was produced by Roger Lomas.


• Buster Bloodvessel – lead vocals
• Louis Alphonso – guitar
• Martin Stewart – keyboards
• Chris Kane – tenor saxophone
• Andrew Marson – alto saxophone, banjo
• Paul “Gus” Hyman – trumpet
• Winston Bazoomies – harmonica, backing vocals
• David Farren – bass
• Brian Tuitt – drums
• Ted Sharp – engineer

Track listing:

All tracks by Buster Bloodvessel, Louis Alphonso, Martin Stewart, Chris Kane, Andrew Marson, Paul “Gus” Hyman, Winston Bazoomies, David Farren and Brian Tuitt, except where noted.

  1. That’ll Do Nicely
  2. Salad Bar
  3. Tonight Is Your Night
  4. Samson and Delilah (Biblical Version)
  5. Exodus – Ernest Gold
  6. Got No Brains
  7. My Girl Lollipop – Morris Levy, Johnny Roberts
  8. Falling Out of Love
  9. Seventh Heaven
  10. Educating Marmalade
  11. What’s Up Crazy Pup – Van Morrison
  12. Your

Pee Wee Ellis

On September 24, 2021, Alfred James Ellis aka Pee Wee Ellis died aged 80. He was musician (soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophone, flute, keyboards), arranger and composer, worked as musical director and arranger with George Benson, Hank Crawford and Esther Phillips. Ellis recorded and performed with David Liebman, Jack McDuff, Rebirth Brass Band, Shirley Scott, Sonny Stitt, Leon Thomas, Van Morrison, Ginger Baker’s jazz Confusion, The JB Horns, Maceo Parker, Brass Fever, Ali Farka Touré and The Dapps, but was best known as longtime collaborator of James Brown. He co-wrote and recorded some of Brown’s best-known songs like “Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud” and “Cold Sweat”. As leader Ellis released 13 albums.

Paul Griffin

On June 14, 2000, Paul Griffin died aged 62. He was musician (piano, keyboards), performed and recorded with hundreds of musicians including: King Curtis, Bob Dylan, Steely Dan, Don McLean, the Isley Brothers, Van Morrison, the Shirelles, Dionne Warwick. Dion DiMucci, George Benson, Tom Rush, Wilson Pickett, Michael Franks, John Denver, Peter, Paul and Mary, David Clayton-Thomas, Gloria Loring, Melba Moore, LaVern Baker, Janis Siegel, Solomon Burke, Jackie Lomax, Marlena Shaw, Roberta Flack, Donny Hathaway, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Don Mclean, Carly Simon, Juddy Collins, Cheryl Lynn, Gloria Gaynor, Stephanie Mills, Donald Fagen,  Van Morrison, Paul Simon, Garland Jeffreys, Aretha Franklin, Bonnie Raitt and Laura Nyro.

On April 27, 2004.

On April 27, 2004, “Alligator” label released “Watch Your Back”, the sixth  Guitar Shorty (David Kearney) studio album. It was recorded in 2003, and was produced by Brian Brinkerhoff and Jesse Harms.


  • Guitar Shorty – vocals, guitar
  • Sweet William Bouchard – bass
  • Electric Vic Johnson – rhythm guitar
  • Alvino Bennett — drums, percussion
  • Jesse Harms — piano, engineer, mixing
  • Dan Stout — mastering
  • Marc Lipkin — liner notes
  • Kevin Niemiec — design
  • Dan Monick — photography

Track listing:

  1. Old School – Jesse Harms
  2. Story of My Life – Jesse Harms, Truitt
  3. I’m Gonna Leave You – Truitt
  4. What She Don’t Know – Truitt
  5. I’ve Been Working – Van Morrison
  6. Get Busy – Jesse Harms
  7. Let My Guitar Do the Talking – Jesse Harms, O’Keefe
  8. It Ain’t the Fall That Kills You – Jesse Harms
  9. Right Tool for the Job – Truitt

Doc Pomus

On March 14, 1991, Jerome Solon Felder aka Doc Pomus died aged 65. He was singer and songwriter, co-writer (together with Mort Shuman) of big number of hits, many of them became rock and roll standards, including: “A Teenager in Love”, “Save The Last Dance For Me”, “Hushabye”, “This Magic Moment”, “Turn Me Loose”, “Sweets For My Sweet”, “Go, Jimmy, Go”, “Little Sister”, “Can’t Get Used to Losing You”, “Suspicion”, “Surrender” and “His Latest Flame”. He also co-wrote with Phil Spector few successful tracks including “Young Boy Blues”, “Ecstasy”, “First Taste of Love” and “What Am I to Do?” His songs were performed by hundreds of artists including The Beatles, Ray Charles, Elvis Presley, Elvis Costello, Dean Martin, Andy Williams, Bad Company, Leonard Cohen, Van Morrison, Led Zeppelin, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Buble, Dolly Parton, Joe Cocker, ZZ Top, Emmy Lou Harris, Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson, Harry Nilsson, John Hiatt, The Beach Boys, B.B. King, Dion, The New York Dolls, Shawn Colvin and Los Lobos. As singer Pomus performed with Milt Jackson, Mickey Baker, and King Curtis. In 1991 he was inducted into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”, in 1992, in the “Songwriters Hall of Fame”, and in 2012 into the “Blues Hall of Fame”.

Ronald Montrose

On March 3, 2012, Ronald Douglas Montrose died aged 64. He was musician (guitar), songwriter and music producer, worked with many musicians including Van Morrison, Herbie Hancock, Beaver & Krause, Boz Scaggs, Edgar Winter, Gary Wright, The Beau Brummels, Dan Hartman, Tony Williams, The Neville Brothers, Marc Bonilla and Sammy Hagar. He was founding member and leader of the bands Montrose and Gamma. He released ten solo albums.

On November 4, 1997.

On November 4, 1997, “MCA” label released “Deuces Wild”, the thirty fifth B.B. King studio album. It was recorded in 1997, and was produced by John Porter and Chris Lord-Alge.


  • B.B. King – vocals, guitar
  • Keith Richards – guitar
  • Eric Clapton – guitar
  • Ronnie Wood – guitar
  • David Gilmour – guitar
  • Bonnie Raitt – guitar
  • Michael Landau – guitar
  • Marty Stuart – guitar
  • Hugh McCracken – guitar
  • Dean Parks – guitar
  • Neil Hubbard – guitar
  • Chris Stainton – piano, keyboards
  • C. J. Vanston – Hammond B3 organ
  • Paul Carrack – Hammond B3 organ, keyboards
  • Bill Payne – keyboards
  • D’Angelo – keyboards
  • Leon Pendarvis – organ
  • Jon Cleary – piano
  • Jools Holland – piano
  • Tommy Eyre – piano, Wurlitzer
  • Darryl Jones – bass guitar
  • Pino Palladino – bass guitar
  • Reggie McBride – bass guitar
  • James “Hutch” Hutchinson – bass guitar
  • Mick Jagger – vocals, harmonica
  • Mickey Raphael – harmonica
  • Tony Braunagel – drums
  • Charlie Watts – drums
  • Steve Jordan – drums
  • Kenny Aronoff – drums
  • Andy Newmark – drums
  • Jim Keltner – drums
  • Paulinho da Costa – percussion
  • Lenny Castro – percussion
  • Jamil Sharif – trumpet
  • Brian Murray – trumpet
  • Darrell Leonard – trumpet
  • Joe Sublett – tenor saxophone
  • Carl Blouin – tenor saxophone
  • Greg Smith – baritone saxophone
  • Daniel P. Kelley – French horn
  • Yvonne S. Moriarty – French horn
  • Andrea Byers – violin
  • Sid Page – violin
  • Armen Garabedian – violin
  • Berj Garabedian – violin
  • Norman Hughes – violin
  • Tamara Hatwan – violin
  • Bruce Dukov – violin, viola
  • Larry Colbert – cello
  • Martin Tillman – cello
  • Miles Tackett – cello
  • Dane Little – cello
  • Marston Smith – cello
  • Kenneth Yerke – viola
  • Robert Becker – viola
  • Paul Waller – programming
  • Simon Climie – programming
  • Harry Bowens – background vocals
  • Terence Forsythe – background vocals
  • Vincent Bonham – background vocals

Track listing:

  1. If You Love Me – with Van Morrison
  2. The Thrill Is Gone – with Tracy Chapman
  3. Rock Me Baby – with Eric Clapton
  4. Please Send Me Someone to Love – with Mick Hucknall
  5. Baby I Love You – with Bonnie Raitt
  6. Ain’t Nobody Home – with D’Angelo
  7. Pauly’s Birthday Boogie – with Jools Holland
  8. Confessin’ the Blues – with Marty Stuart
  9. Hummingbird – with Dionne Warwick
  10. Let the Good Times Roll – with Zucchero
  11. Keep It Coming – with Heavy D
  12. Cryin’ Won’t Help You Babe – with David Gilmour and Paul Carrack
  13. Night Life – with Willie Nelson

Judy Clay

On July 19, 2001, Judy Clay died aged 62. She was a singer (soul, gospel),  member of Drinkard Singers, who later became better known as The Sweet Inspirations, and teamed with singer-songwriter Billy Vera. As a background vocalist, she worked with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Van Morrison, Donny Hathaway, and Wilson Pickett.

In June 1989.

In June 1989. “Mercury” label released “Avalon Sunset”, the nineteenth Van Morrison studio album. It was recorded in 1989, at “The Woolhall” in Eden, Olympic, “The Townhouse Studios” in London, and was produced by Van Morrison.


  • Van Morrison – vocal, guitar
  • Cliff Richard– vocal
  • Alan Barnes– baritone saxophone
  • Clive Culbertson– bass
  • Neil Drinkwater – accordion, piano, synthesizer
  • Dave Early– drums, percussion
  • Georgie Fame– Hammond organ
  • Cliff Hardie – trombone
  • Roy Jones – drums, percussion
  • Carol Kenyon– backing vocals
  • Katie Kissoon– backing vocals
  • Henry Lowther– trumpet
  • Arty McGlynn– guitar
  • Steve Pearce – bass guitar
  • Stan Sulzmann– alto saxophone
  • Gavyn Wright– string section leader

Track listing:

All tracks by Van Morrison.

  1. Whenever God Shines His Light (duet with Cliff Richard)
  2. Contacting My Angel
  3. I’d Love to Write Another Song
  4. Have I Told You Lately
  5. Coney Island
  6. I’m Tired Joey Boy
  7. When Will I Ever Learn to Live in God
  8. Orangefield
  9. Daring Night
  10. These Are the Days