Official Music

Official Music

by King Biscuit Boy
     
 

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Born in Hamilton Ontario, Richard Newell's musical career began in the early 60's as a teenager playing the harmonica in teen bands, theBarons in 1961 (later renamed Son Richard and the Chessmen) and then with the blues styled Mid- Knights in the mid 60's. He became noticed while playing with Ronnie Hawkins asSee more details below

Overview

Born in Hamilton Ontario, Richard Newell's musical career began in the early 60's as a teenager playing the harmonica in teen bands, theBarons in 1961 (later renamed Son Richard and the Chessmen) and then with the blues styled Mid- Knights in the mid 60's. He became noticed while playing with Ronnie Hawkins as one of the Hawks, who nicknamed him King Biscuit Boy. After playing with Hawkins for two years, he left to go it alone but joined Crowbar band made up of ex Hawks) and recorded his debut album entitled Official Music (as King Biscuit Boy & Crowbar) in 1970. Official Music was released on the Daffodil Records label in Canada and Paramount in the U.S.A. to critical acclaim . Of the eleven songs on the album, eight are standard blues covers of songs by such greats as Willie Dixon, Bill Broonzy, Otis Redding,Sonny Boy Williamson, given a unique treatment by Newells' harmonica playing. There are also original compositions written by Newell and performed in a classic blues style. Official Music charted in both the US and Canada and a single taken from the album,"Corinna Corrina" was a minor hit in Canada for King Biscuit Boy and Crowbar in 1970. After the release of Official Music, King Biscuit Boy and Crowbar parted ways. This budget priced reissue by Unidisc does not contain any bonus tracks but faithfully reproduces the original album graphics and liner notes.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/20/2007
Label:
Stony Plain Music
UPC:
0772532122023
catalogNumber:
1220

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

King Biscuit Boy   Primary Artist,Harmonica
Crowbar   Primary Artist
Crowbar   Primary Artist
Moe Koffman   Horn
Doug Riley   Organ,Piano,Keyboards
Larry Atamanuik   Drums
Richard Bell   Piano,Keyboards
Sonnie Bernardi   Drums
Josef Chirowski   Flute,Percussion,Keyboards
John Gibbard   Guitar,Vocals
Roland Greenway   Bass,Vocals
Kelly Jay   Keyboards,Vocals
Steve Kennedy   Horn
Rheal Lanthier   Guitar,Vocals
Gregg Mudri   Horn
Richard Newell   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals,Slide Guitar
Kelly J.   Percussion,Piano
John R.   Percussion
Rick Bell   Piano
Greg Mudry   Horn

Technical Credits

Terry Brown   Engineer
Albert Luandrew   Composer
Holger Petersen   Reissue Producer
Paul Weldon   Packaging
Francis Davis   Reissue Consultant
Ritchie Yorke   Liner Notes,Author
Rob Storeshaw   Reissue Design
Traditional   Composer
Francis "Frank" Davies   Producer

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