I was excited to find this photo today at the bottom of a box of music paraphernalia. It’s rubbish quality but I treasure it because it’s almost certainly the earliest photo I ever took at a concert. It’s Donovan of course, but it took me a while to work out when and where I had taken it. Then after a little detective work I figured out it’s the 7th Jazz & Blues Festival, Windsor, August 1967.
We see John Cameron (far left) who was Donovan’s music arranger on all those great psych LPs and interestingly he’s playing John Mayall’s Hammond organ! Mayall was also on the Windsor bill and it’s just about possible to read his name writ large on the back of the organ.
Cameron later worked with Cilla Black and Hot Chocolate, but his biggest claim to fame was as a member of CCS with Alexis Korner where he arranged their version of Led Zep’s Whole Lotta Love which for many years was the Top Of The Pops theme
Third left is the great Jamaican born jazzman Harold McNair. He played flute on Donovan’s early albums and also recorded with John Martyn and Ginger Baker’s Airforce. He died in 1971, aged only 39.
With the advent of the cursed smart phone everyone has a camera with them at all times these days. So, even if you’re one of those annoying types who holds their iPhone aloft for 10 mins at a stretch, we can absolve you here. No excuses, let’s see the best pictures (stills) you’ve taken at a gig. Preferably with a little bit of back story.