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Bakerloo interview with Terry Poole

September 29, 2012

Bakerloo interview with Terry Poole


Interview:
Hi Terry! Thanks for taking your time to
tell us more about Bakerloo. What can you tell us about the time before
Bakerloo. You were part of Rupert’s People and you released three singles.
Would you like to tell us more about this?
I didn’t meet Ruperts People until 1970. I must have answered an ad in the Melody
Maker for a bass player. Ruperts People were managed by Miles
Copeland and we rehearsed in the basement of his parent’s house in St John’s
Wood London. We changed the name Ruperts People to Stone
Feather and played at night clubs in Paris, 
Hyres and St Tropez in the South of France in the summer of 1970. Stuart Copeland is Miles’s youngest brother
and he used to “ hang around “ the basement studio after school at the American
Academy. Ian Copeland was our “ roady “ who sadly
passed way a couple of years ago. Stone Feather never recorded, but quite a
few musicians auditioned for places in the band including Gordon Giltrap and
Lez Nicholl.
How
was the The Bakerloo Blues Line formed.

 

Bakerloo Blues Line was formed in 1967  originally called The Pinch in Tamworth
Staffordshire. The original line up included John Hinch on
drums who went on to form Judas Priest. There were a succession of drummers until
the Bakerloo album of 1969.
When we started recording the Bakerloo
album at Trident studios Soho London, we were still auditioning for drummers
and used a session player on Drivin’ Bachwards as Keith Baker hadn’t yet joined
us!
“Bakerloo the early days” you will find a
long list of great drummers who played with us before we recorded the album,
including Bill Ward (Black Sabbath).
Do you remember some of the early
rehearsals?
The early rehearsals were mostly in spare
rooms of pubs and youth clubs in and around Tamworth.
In 1969 you were signed up by Harvest
Records. How did that happen?
We were signed up by EMI records and the
Harvest Label became the brand for “underground progressive music“. Tony Hall Enterprises and Jim Simpson of
Big Bear Records were the management. They were responsible for the recording
contract with EMI.
Do you remember recording sessions for your
LP?
The cost of the recording sessions at
Trident Studios were £30 per hour. This was a large sum of money for us, and
so, all the tracks on the Bakerloo album were first or second “ takes “. Clem and I had played our songs “live“
for two years and so we knew each others work intimately. Gus Dudgeon was the record producer and the
whole album was finished in two to three weeks.
What gear did you guys use?
The amplification was all by Laney. I played a Fender Jazz base and Clem played
a Gibson Les Paul…Keith Baker’s drum kit was made by Premier.
The cover artwork is connected with your
name. Why did you choose this name?
I had and aunt and uncle who lived in
central London and from a boy I stayed with them and my cousins very near
Marble Arch.
I knew London quite well and so when the “underground music “ movement stared in the mid sixties I felt that the name of
and underground railway station would be a good name for our band as most
people would have known the name Bakerloo.
So Bakerloo Blues Line became our name.
I was attending Nottingham Art School
whilst playing in Bakerloo, so I also had the idea of including the Bakerloo
tube logo on our album sleeve. 
Please comment each song from your
legendary LP.
A1         
Big Bear Ffolly 
Big Bear Folly a chance for us to show that we were in tune with jazz.
                  
A2         
Bring It on Home       
We loved the Blues and so we paid tribute to our Blues hero’s.
            
A3     
    Driving Bachwards       
Clem’s great talent on show as a classical musician.
            
A4         
Last Blues        
            
More tributes to our Blues Heros.
A5         
Gang Bang             
Jazz Jazz Jazz
B1         
The Worried Feeling    
I enjoyed writing these lyrics and Clem was really soulful on this track. Fabulous blues guitar playing, we were both only 19 year old! Probably my favourite track. Aamazing.
B2         
Son of Moonshine
This was our grand finale live festival
track. Progressive blues rock at its best. One
take only in the studio. Hard to believe isn’t it!! One upon a time.. I completely forgot this
one, only when Repertoire Records released this as a “ bonus“ track on the Bakerloo CD did it come
back to me. Quite interesting, and not too bad for a
single of “The day“.
Where all did Bakerloo played and with
who?
The Bakerloo gig list is on my web site
www.terrypooleretrorocknroll.com
Marquee Club, Wardour, St Soho London, The
Round House, Chalk Farm London…
Some of the bands that were on the same
bill as us at different venues were Free, Pink Fairies, Pink Floyd, Elma
Gantry’s Velvet Opera, Earth (Black Sabbath)Rory Galager, Status Quo, Joe
Cocker and the Grease Band, King Crimson, Love Sculpture, Jethro Tull, Canned
Heat and Led Zepelin.
Any particular stories you would like to
share with us?
Opening the first ever Led Zepplin gig at
the Marquee Club. Bakerloo appeared countless times at the
Marquee Club, so being the opening support act for Led Zepplin seemed like just
another gig. We didn’t think anything of it, as Robert
Plant and John Bonham were from the Midlands like us, and often jammed at
Henry’s Blues House Birmingham were we were also the resident band.
What happened next? I know you played bass
for awhile for May Blitz, but you are not on the recording, right?
After Bakerloo disbanded in the summer of
1969 I moved to London and worked and recorded with many musicians and artists
including Robert Palmer, Elkie Brooks, Graham Bond, Ray Russell and Colin
Blunstone (the Zombies) until 1974.
(left to right) Terry Poole, Paul Varley,
Speedy Aquay(front), Keith Bleasby(back), Peter Illingworth.
Sample tracks of this including my own
songs recorded with Clive Johnson are on my website
www.terrypooleretrorocknroll.com
What were you doing in the 70’s and
80’s?
I was working in the Casino Industry in the
Bahamas Paradise Island 1977-1985. I then worked in casinos on Cruise Ships
including the QE2’s last ever World cruise in 2001. Some members of the QE2 Orchestra
discovered my former career in rock music and invited me to play with them on
the Crew Deck when we were in the Port of Bali Indonesia.
An outstanding concert for the crew (1000) under the stars playing songs from the Blues Brothers Movie Soundtrack!!!
What occupies your life these days?
I am still working in the entertainment
industry my other web site www.pokerevening.co.uk. I still play guitar with my mentor Tony
Wille. I have written some “ brand new “ songs
ready to record and place on my Terry Poole
retro site…
Thanks for stopping by. Would you like
to send a message to It’s Psychedelic Baby readers?
I was so very fortunate to have worked with
outstanding musicians and truly wonderfully appreciative audiences.
Psychedelic Baby and it’s Readers are
keeping music “ live “ great!!
Terry Poole
Interview made by Klemen Breznikar / 2012
© Copyright http://psychedelicbaby.blogspot.com/
2012
One Comment
  1. Anonymous

    I worked with Terry in the Bahamas in the '80s,played guitar with him occasionally, spent many long boozy nights in his company,and can say that, not only is he a musician of high repute and renown, but a bloody good bloke to boot!

    Tarpy

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