Bakerloo was an English blues-rock trio from the Midlands that released a self-titled album on Harvest in 1969. They broke up immediately afterward and another band (later known as Hannibal) toured the album under their name. Guitarist Clem Clempson joined Colosseum and became a prominent journeyman (Humble Pie, Greenslade, Snafu, Cozy Powell). Bassist Terry Poole initiated another power-trio, May Blitz.
Members: Terry Poole (vocals, bass), Dave Clempson [aka Clem Clempson] (guitar, keyboards, harp), Keith Baker (drums)
Bakerloo formed in February 1968 in Tamworth, Staffordshire, when guitarist Clem Clempson (b. 1949) and bassist/singer Terry Poole, both newcomers, started jamming as the Bakerloo Blues Line, named after the Bakerloo line of the London Underground.
They initially tried ex-Deep Feeling drummer John “Poli” Palmer, who promptly went to the Blossom Toes, then Family. Bakerloo next jammed with drummer John Hinch, who surfaced in an early lineup of Judas Priest. Things finally clicked with the uncannily named drummer Keith Baker (b. 1950), a fellow newcomer.
Birmingham rock manager Jim Simpson added Bakerloo to his list of clients (Locomotive, Tea and Symphony). He booked the young trio at his new club, Henry’s Blueshouse, and put them on a package tour dubbed the ‘Big Bear Ffolly’ with another up-and-comer, Earth, which soon changed its name to Black Sabbath. In October, Bakerloo played a high-profile gig at London’s Marquee as the opening act for Led Zeppelin.
Bakerloo signed with Harvest, the newly established progressive division of EMI.
Bakerloo released their self-titled album in August 1969 on Harvest. Side one features two Clempson/Poole numbers (“Big Bear Ffolly,” “Last Blues”), a Baker co-write (“Gang Bang”), a Willie Dixon cover (“Bring It on Home”), and an adaptation of Bach’s Bourrée in E minor (“Drivin’ Bachwards”), the same piece appropriated that year as “Bourée” by Jethro Tull on their second album Stand Up. The flipside of Bakerloo contains two lengthy Clempson/Poole pieces: “This Worried Feeling” and the 15-minute “Son of Moonshine.”
Bakerloo was produced by Gus
- Bakerloo (1969)
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