CHAS HODGES sessions

This is the list of the sessions I know Chas Hodges appears... I've classified them into several categories:


It's always difficult tracking sessions for prolific musicians. But, regarding Chas Hodges, it's even more difficult. He recorded in lots of singles while he was part of Outlaws, mostly sessions for producers Joe Meek and Derek Lawrence. It's almost impossible to know where they play, as credits weren't very usual those days. But, fortunately, Ritchie Blackmore's great fame has provoked that many of these sessions being reissued on compilations of Ritchie's early works. So, I'm going to dig the info from these samplers.


Heinz Tribute to Eddie was recorded by Heinz Burt with this Outlaws lineup: Ritchie Blackmore (guitar), Ken Lundgren (guitar), Chas Hodges (bass), Mick Underwood (drums). It includes r'n'r classics, such as 'Summertime blues' or 'Twenty flight rock'.

Remembering and The singles are compilations. The tracks are recorded with the same musicians: Ritchie Blackmore (guitar), Ken Lundgren (guitar), Chas Hodges (bass), Mick Underwood (drums).

Green Bullfrog This was a project made by Ritchie Blackmore. He recorded it with some friend and old bandmates just for fun. This is the (amazing) lineup:
Earl Jordan (vocals) (aka Jordan)
Ritchie Blackmore (guitar) (aka Boots)
Albert Lee (guitar) (aka Pinta)
Big Jim Sullivan (guitar) (aka Boss)
Rod Alexander (guitar) (aka Vicar)
Chas Hodges (bass) (aka Sleepy)
Tony Ashton (keyboards) (aka Bevy)
Matthew Fisher (keyboards) (aka Sorry)
Ian Paice (drums) (aka Speedy)
A guitar feast! Originally, the album included 8 tracks. Produced by Derek Lawrence, due to contractual problems, the musicians credits were written with nicknames (as you can read above). But it was later remastered and  reissued on CD under the name The green bullfrog sessions, now with 3 unreleased tracks.

Mike Berry He sang with The Outlaws. This album was recorded with help from several Outlaws members: Billy Kuy (guitar), Ken Lundgren (bass), Chas Hodges (keyboards), plus Geoff Whitehorn (guitar), Terry Britten (guitar), Andy Parker (guitar), Ken Freeman (keyboards), Graham Todd (keyboards), Gerry Conway (drums), Mel Jones (drums), and the great Clem Cattini (drums).

Albert Lee Albert Lee recorded the songs for the album Hiding around 1975, with this lineup:
Albert Lee (guitar)
J.D. Maness (steel guitar)
Dave Peacock (bass)
Chas Hodges (piano)
Pete Gavin (drums)
But, Albert was disatisfied with the final results, so the album wasn't released. Several years later, he re-recorded it with his new American companions (he was part of Emmylou Harris's Hot Band), but a couple of the original tracks remain here. The 'new' musicians were the Hot Band: the sweet Emmylou Harris (vocals), the great Ricky Skaggs (vocals, fiddle), Rodney Crowell (vocals), Hank De Vito (steel guitar), Emory Gordy (bass), Glen D. Hardin (piano), John Ware (drums). Plus: Don Everly (vocals, Albert was the guitarist in his band for a while), Pat Donaldson (bass), Buddy Emmons (steel guitar), Jerome Jumonville (horns), Mickey Raphael (harmonica), Bruce Gary (drums), Gerry Conway (drums).

I've read about an album called Black Claw and Country Fever, but I don't have it, so I don't know the contents. It's strange, as Black Claw was the name of a Chas band, and Country Fever was the name for a band led by Albert Lee during 1968-69. So, maybe it has unreleased tracks from these bands. Can anybody help here? B.J. Cole also appears in the album.


Jerry Lee Lewis "The Killer", Jerry Lee Lewis, backed here with LOTS of great musicians: the much-missed Rory Gallagher, Tony Ashton (keyboards), B.J. Cole (steel guitar), Joe Jammer (guitar), Peter Frampton (guitar), Alvin Lee (guitar), Albert Lee (guitar), Chas Hodges (guitar), John Gustafson (bass), Gary Taylor (bass), Klaus Voorman (bass), Peter Robinson (keyboards), Andy Bown (keyboards), Gary Wright (keyboards), Matthew Fisher (keyboards), Kenny Jones (drums), Mike Kellie (drums), etc.

Juicy Lucy They were a quintet by that time:

                Paul Williams (vocals)
                Micky Moody (guitar, vocals)
                Andy Pyle (bass)
                Jean Roussel (keyboards)
                Ron Berg (drums)

This lineup released next album, Pieces (recorded in December 1971, and produced by Bruce Rowlands). The album included some guests: Ian MacLagan (keyboards), Mick Weaver (keyboards), Albert Lee (backing vocals) and Chas Hodges (backing vocals).

Teresa Brewer A jazz lady. She started singing in the 50s. But along the seventies, she also recorded some album with rock musicians.

Music music music has collaborations from: Larry Carlton (guitar), Joe Jammer (guitar), Jim Ryan (guitar), Ray Cooper (percussion), Victor Feldman (percussion), Hal Blaine (drums). From Head, Hands & Feet: Albert Lee (guitar), Ray Smith (guitar), Chas Hodges (bass). From Quatermass: John Gustafson (bass), Paul Hammond (drums).

In London contains great players. Guitars: Peter Frampton, Joe Jammer, Hughie Burns, Gary Taylor, Jim Ryan, Mark Warner, B.J. Cole. Percussion: Ray Cooper, Frank Ricotti. Horns from Gonzalez: Steve Gregory, Chris Mercer. Vocalists: Sue Glover, Liza Strike. Drums: Michael Giles. From Head, Hands & Feet: Albert Lee (guitar), Chas Hodges (bass), Pete Gavin (drums). And the complete Quatermass lineup: John Gustafson (bass), Pete Robinson (keyboards), Paul Hammond (drums).

Jackie Lynton A great guy. This veteran rocker once belonged to Savoy Brown. Someday, he'll have his own page in my Olympus.

In The Jackie Lynton album, we can find several usual Status Quo collaborators (they were close friends). With Bernie Frost (vocals), Rob Young (harmonica) and Jeff Rich (drums), plus Keith Purnell (guitar), Chas Hodges (banjo, violin), Paul Raymond (keyboards), Robin Foster (sax).

In No axe to grind, he's backed with many of his friends: Clem Clempson (guitar), Drew McCullouch (guitar), Colin Pattenden (bass), Chas and Dave [Chas Hodges (piano) and Dave Peacock (bass)], Tony Leach (keyboards), Chris Slade (drums), and his friends from Status Quo: Rick Parfitt (guitar) and Jeff Rich (drums).

Big Jim Sullivan Another great player. This guitarist was also a pioneer in British rock scene. He played in Wild Cats, Krew Kats, Russ Sainty & The Nu-Notes, Marty Wilde & The Wilde Cats, before establishing himself as one of the best session musicians in England.

This album was recorded with help from Chas Hodges (vocals, fiddle, keyboards, guitar), Dave Peacock (bass, banjo), Ian Wallace (drums).

Charlie Ainley He was the singer in a band called Charlie & The Wide Boys. This album was recorded with Charlie Ainley (vocals, guitar), Richard Worthy (guitar, also from the same band), plus Chas Hodges (bass), Tony Ashton (keyboards), the great Howie Casey (horns), and Stuart Elliott (drums).

Musicians mentioned in this page that I have projected to cover in my site someday: And short tributes to:
  • Ritchie Blackmore
  • Ian Paice


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    Page created by Miguel Terol on: 09/January/1999. Last modified on: 20/December/1999.