Thursday, July 21, 2011

A film?

Crawdaddy owner Giorgio Gomelsky's ambitions were big and he attempted to self record a promotional film of the London rhythm and blues scene. The soundtrack was to include two Bo Diddley tunes, "Pretty Thing" and "It's All Right Babe", of course performed by the Rolling Stones. The tracks were recorded at R.G. Jones Studios, Morden, London, on April 20, 1963. The actual filming was done the next day at the Crawdaddy Club.

Peter Jones from Record Mirror attended the concert, where "Pretty Thing" and "Hey Crawdaddy" were stomping crowd pleasers used at the end of the show as a hypnotic climax. "It's All Right Babe" was used as background to the documentary. The film was never completed, and the recorded tracks were never released. At the end of April, Peter Jones tipped off Andrew Oldham, a young publicist, and show bizz veteran Eric Easton as to what was happening in Richmond. There was acrimony ahead, at least for Stu.

Adapted from the following source: Martin Elliott, The Rolling Stones. Complete Recording Sessions 1962-2002, Cherry Red Books, 2002.

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