Jellybread - Competent and musically proficient but lacking sizzle.

Jellybread And T. Rex – John Peel’s Sunday Concert – 1970 – Past Daily Soundbooth

Jellybread – Competent and musically proficient but lacking sizzle.

Jellybread and T. Rex – John Peel Sunday Concert – December 22, 1970 – BBC Radio 1 –

Double-bill tonight. Jellybread opening for T. Rex on this John Peel Sunday Concert for December 22, 1970 for BBC Radio 1.

Together a short period of time (less than 2 years), Jellybread were a musically proficient and technically brilliant band, but proficiency and brilliance can’t take the place of album sales in the grand commercial scheme of things. And despite being signed to one of the bigger independent labels, known particularly for signing bands of Jellybread’s musical stature, three lackluster albums proved to be a death-knell for the band.

Jellybread originally consisted of Paul Butler (guitar/vocals), John Best (bass), and Chris Waters (drums). In 1969 the quartet secured a recording contract with the exemplary Blue Horizon Records label and although largely unadventurous, their albums offered a highly competent grasp of black music, including both blues and soul. They provided stellar accompaniment on Lightnin’ Slim’s London Gumbo and B.B. King in London, but the unit dissolved in 1971 with the departure of Wingfield and Waters. Newcomers Rick Birkett (guitar, ex-Accent) and Kenny Lamb (drums) joined for Back to Begin Again, but Jellybread broke up when the set failed to make commercial headway. However, Wingfield enjoyed success as a solo artist, session pianist, and member of Olympic Runners.

And the second act needs not much in the way of introduction. T. Rex began life as Tyrannosaurus Rex, a duo consisting of Marc Bolan and Steve Peregrin Took on bongos. By 1970, the name shortened the direction and personnel changed, and the rest was history.

This was part of a regular series of radio concerts offered by John Peel, who was probably the single most important figure in promoting new and eclectic music to a larger and wider audience. This concert from December 22, 1970 is typical of how varied his shows were. If you sat just there for the scheduled hour, you got one of the better introductions to contemporary music anywhere on earth.

Here’s one example.

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