Chicken Shack

Chicken Shack was an English blues-rock band that released four 1968–70 albums on Blue Horizon, followed by two 1972–73 titles on Deram.

Members: Stan Webb (guitar, vocals), Andy Silvester (bass, 1965-71), Alan Morley (drums, 1965-68), Christine Perfect (vocals, piano, 1968-69), Al Sykes (drums, 1968), Hughie Flint (drums, 1968), Dave Bidwell (drums, 1968-71), Paul Raymond (keyboards, 1969-71), John Glascock (bass, 1971-72), Pip Pyle (drums, 1971), Paul Hancox (drums, 1971-72), David Wilkinson (keyboards, 1972-74, 1986-93), Bob Daisley (bass, 1972, 1979-80), Rob Hull (bass, 1972-74), Alan Powell (drums, 1972-74), Dave Winthrop (saxophone, 1976-79, 1986-87, 2008-12), Robbie Blunt (guitar, 1976-79), Ed Spevock (drums, 1976-79), Paul Martinez (bass, 1976-78), Steve York (bass, 1978-79), Paul Butler (guitar, 1979-81), Keef Hartley (drums, 1979-80), Ric Lee (drums, 1980-81), Alan Scott (bass, 1980), Andy Pyle (bass, 1980-86), Miller Anderson (guitar, 1981-86), Russ Alder (drums, 1981-83), Tony Ashton (keyboards, 1981)


Background

Chicken Shack sprung from Sounds of Blue, a Stourbridge R&B group formed in 1964 by bassist Andy Silvester. In 1965, guitarist Stan Webb (b. Feb 3, 1945; Fulham) joined from local rivals The Shades 5. Silvester, Webb, and drummer Alan Morley formed the first lineup, which named itself after the 1963 Blue Note release Back at the Chicken Shack by soul-jazz organist Jimmy Smith.

(Chicken shacks — roadside chicken stands — were mid-century American fixtures referenced in early R&B songs, namely the 1948 Aladdin b-side “Chicken Shack Boogie” by boogie-woogie pianist Amos Milburn.)

Morley cleared for Bluesbreakers drummer Hughie Flint, who soon left to form McGuinness Flint. In 1967 Chicken Shack stabilized as a four-piece with Webb, Silvester, drummer Dave Bidwell, and keyboardist Christine Perfect. They signed with Blue Horizon, a label established by producer Mike Vernon as a home for the burgeoning British blues-rock movement.

In January 1968, Chicken Shack released their first single: “It’s Okay With Me Baby,” a Perfect original backed with “When My Left Eye Jumps,” a Buddy Guy cover.

A. “It’s Okay With Me Baby”
B. “When My Left Eye Jumps”


40 Blue Fingers, Freshly Packed and Ready to Serve

Chicken Shack released their debut album, 40 Blue Fingers, Freshly Packed and Ready to Serve, in June 1968 on Blue Horizon. It features two songs each by Webb (“Webbed Feet,” “What You Did Last Night”) and Perfect (“When the Train Comes Back,” “You Ain’t No Good”) and covers of BB King (“The Letter”), Freddie King (“San-Ho-Zay,” “See See Baby”), and John Lee Hooker (“King of the World”).

1. “The Letter” (4:25) Jules Taub, B. B. King
2. “Lonesome Whistle Blues” (3:02) Rudolph Toombs
3. “When the Train Comes Back” (3:32)
4. “San-Ho-Zay” (3:02) Freddie King, Sonny Thompson
5. “King of the World” (4:59) John Lee Hooker 

6. “See See Baby” (2:22) Freddie King, Sonny Thompson
7. “First Time I Met the Blues” (6:24) Eurreal Montgomery 
8. “Webbed Feet” (2:53)
9. “You Ain’t No Good” (3:35)
10. “What You Did Last Night” (4:36)

Recorded 5–7 February 1968
Studio CBS Studios, London

Stan Webb – guitar, vocals
Christine Perfect – organ, vocals, piano
Andy Silvester – bass
Dave Bidwell – drums

Alan Ellis – trumpet
Dick Heckstall-Smith – tenor saxophone
Johnny Almond – alto saxophone

Producer – Mike Vernon
Engineer – Mike Ross
Studio – CBS
Photography and design – Terence Ibbott

27 Sep 1968
A. “Worried About My Woman” S. Webb
B. “Six Nights In Seven” S. Webb

13 Dec 1968
A. “When the Train Comes Back” C. Perfect
B. “Hey Baby” C. Perfect, S. Webb, M. Vernon


O.K. Ken?

Chicken Shack released their second album, O.K. Ken?, in February 1969 on Blue Horizon.

1. “Baby’s Got Me Crying” (Stan Webb) – 2:25
2. “The Right Way Is My Way” (Webb) – 2:00
3. “Get Like You Used to Be” (Christine Perfect, Webb) – 3:05
4. “Pony and Trap” (Webb) – 3:00
5. “Tell Me” (Chester Burnette) – 4:40
6. “A Woman Is the Blues” (Perfect, Webb) – 2:50

7. “I Wanna See My Baby” (Aaron Walker) – 3:30
8. “Remington Ride” (Herb Remington, Hank Penny) – 2:50
9. “Fishing in Your River” (Webb) – 4:30
10. “Mean Old World” (Walter Jacobs) – 3:15
11. “Sweet Sixteen” (Riley King, J. Josea) – 6:20)

Recorded 24 June and 22–23 October 1968
Studio CBS Studios, London

Stan Webb – guitar, vocals
Christine Perfect – keyboards, vocals
Andy Sylvester – bass guitar
Dave Bidwell – drums[4]

Additional personnel
Roderick Lee – trumpet
Terry Noonan – trumpet
Steve Gregory – tenor saxophone
Buddy Beadle – alto and baritone saxophones
Johnny Almond – tenor saxophone
Don Fey – tenor saxophone
Walter Horton – harmonica

Production
Producer – Mike Vernon
Engineer – Mike Ross
Studio – CBS
Photography and design – Terence Ibbott

18 Apr 1969
A. “I’d Rather Go Blind” E. Jordan, B. Foster
B. “Night Life” P. Buskirk, W. Breeland, W. Nelson

15 Aug 1969
A. “Tears In The Wind”
B. “The Things You Put Me Through” S. Webb


100 Ton Chicken

Chicken Shack released their third album, 100 Ton Chicken, in October 1969 on Blue Horizon.

1. “The Road of Love” Clarence Carter (3:30)
2. “Look Ma, I’m Cryin'” Rudy Toombs, Jerry Harris, Windsor King (3:25)
3. “Evelyn” (4:18)
4. “Reconsider Baby” Lowell Fulson (3:25)
5. “Weekend Love” Clarence Carter (2:14)

6. “Midnight Hour” Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown (2:55)
7. “Tears in the Wind” (2:45)
8. “Horse and Cart” (3:36)
9. “The Way It Is” (4:29)
10. “Still Worried About My Woman” (3:12)
11. “Anji” Davey Graham (1:39)

Recorded 19 April – 11 May 1969
Studio Morgan Sound Studios, Willesden, London

Stan Webb – guitar, vocals
Paul Raymond – keyboards, vocals
Andy Sylvester – bass guitar
Dave Bidwell – drums, congas, cowbell

Additional personnel
Mike Vernon – finger cymbals

Production
Producer – Mike Vernon
Engineer – Mike Ross
Studio – CBS
Photography and design – Terence Ibbott


Accept

Chicken Shack released their fourth album, Accept, on June 12, 1970, on Blue Horizon.

1. “Diary of Your Life”
2. “Pocket”
3. “Never Ever”
4. “Sad Clown”
5. “Maudie”
6. “Telling Your Fortune”

7. “Tired Eyes”
8. “Some Other Time”
9. “Going Round”
10. “Andalucian Blues”
11. “You Knew You Did You Did”
12. “She Didn’t Use Her Loaf”

Recorded 1 December 1969 – 11 March 1970
Studio CBS Studios, New Bond Street, London and Recorded Sound Studios, Bryanston Street, London

Stan Webb – guitar, vocals
Paul Raymond – keyboards, vocals
Andy Sylvester – bass guitar
Dave Bidwell – drums

Production
Producer – Mike Vernon
Engineer – Mike Ross
Studio – CBS
Photography and design – Terence Ibbott

16 Jan 1970
A. “Maudie” T. Thompson, J. Becker
B. “Andalucian Blues” T. Thompson, J. Becker

31 Jul 1970
A. “Sad Clown” S. Webb, P. Raymond
B. “Tired Eyes” S. Webb


Imagination Lady

Chicken Shack released their fifth album, Imagination Lady, on February 2, 1972, on Deram. It features four Stan Webb originals and covers of blues chestnuts by Don Nix (“Going Down”), Tim Hardin (“If I Were a Carpenter”), and Tampa Red (“Crying Won’t Help You Now”).

1. “Crying Won’t Help You Now” (5:10)
2. “Daughter of the Hillside” (3:52)
3. “If I Were a Carpenter” (6:34)
4. “Going Down” (3:32)
5. “Poor Boy” (5:10)
6. “Telling Your Fortune” (11:10)
7. “The Loser” (2:32)

Recorded October 1971
Studio Olympic Studios, London

Credits:
Stan Webb — guitar, vocals, songwriter
John Glascock — bass
Paul Hancox — drums

Neil Slaven — producer
George Chkiantz — recording engineer
David Anstey — cover art


Unlucky Boy

Chicken Shack released their sixth album, Unlucky Boy, in July 1973 on Deram.

1. “You Know You Could Be Right” (Stan Webb) – 3:47
2. “Revelation” (Webb) – 5:13
3. “Prudence’s Party” (Webb) – 3:14
4. “Too Late to Cry” (Lonnie Johnson) – 3:10
5. “Stan the Man” (Webb) – 4:25

6. “Unlucky Boy” (Big Mama Thornton, William Dupree) – 2:34
7. “As Time Goes Passing By” (Webb) – 4:46
8. “Jammin’ with Ash” (Webb) – 7:04
9. “He Knows the Rules” (Jimmy McCracklin) – 4:05)

Studio Olympic Studios, London; Island Studio, London

Stan Webb – guitar, vocals
Bob Daisley – bass guitar
Tony Ashton – piano
Paul Hancox – drums, percussion
Chris Mercer – saxophones
Terry Noonan – string arrangements

Additional personnel
John Burns – Engineer, remixing
Anton Matthews – Engineer
Neil Slaven – Liner notes, producer
David Wedgbury – Photography

23 Mar 1973
A. “As Time Goes Passing By”
B. “Poor Boy”

27 Jul 1973
A. “You Know Could Be Right”
B. “The Loser”


Discography:

  • 40 Blue Fingers, Freshly Packed and Ready to Serve (1968)
  • O.K. Ken? (1969)
  • 100 Ton Chicken (1969)
  • Accept (1970)
  • Imagination Lady (1972)
  • Unlucky Boy (1973)
  • Go Live [aka Goodbye Chicken Shack] (live, 1974)
  • The Creeper (1978 • Stan Webb’s Chicken Shack)
  • That’s the Way We Are (1979)
  • Roadies Concerto (live, 1981)
  • 39 Bars (1986)

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