MIKE KELLIE sessions
This is the list of the sessions I know Mike Kellie
appears... I've classified them into several categories:
Sessions with former/current bandmates
Collective albums and soundtracks
SESSIONS WITH FORMER/CURRENT BANDMATES
This was his first solo album, after having left Spooky
Tooth. Recorded with Mick Abrahams (guitar), Hugh McCracken (guitar), Trevor
Burton (bass), Klaus Voormann (bass), Mike Kellie (drums), Alan White (drums),
Madeline Bell & Doris Troy (backing vocals). [When Gary thought of
promoting this album, that's when he formed Wonderwheel, a superb band
with Jerry Donahue (guitar - soon to be replaced by Mick Jones), Archie
Legget (bass), Bryson Graham (drums). Wright, Jones and Graham turned Wonderwheel
into Spooky Tooth one year later]
Under open skies (1971, Island) (CD issue: Edsel)
This was the album Luther recorded after the (first)
separation of Spooky Tooth. A very good album, recorded with some of his
friends: Mike Kellie (drums), John Hawken (keyboards), Jim Capaldi (vocals),
Mick Ralphs (vocals), Mike Giles (drums), Trevor Burton (bass), Trevor
Lucas (vocals), Paul Bennett (vocals).
This album was recorded in the summer of 1970, and
soon later, Mike and Steve Gibbons played together in Balls. Steve Gibbons
was the leader in The Uglys, and after Balls, he assembled his own Steve
Gibbons Band. This was his first solo album, featuring Albert Lee (guitar),
Trevor Burton (bass, ex-The Move, also in Balls), Pat
Donaldson (bass), Gary Wright (keyboards), Ian Whiteman (keyboards),
Mike Kellie (drums), Gerry Conway (drums), Alan White (drums, also in Balls).
Short stories (1971, Wizard)
Wind of change (1972, A&M)
Mike Kellie played the sessions for this album, and soon
later he was asked to join Frampton's band. In this album: Frank Carillo (guitar),
Mick Jones (guitar), Mark Goldenberg (guitar, keyboards), Klaus Voormann (bass),
Andy Bown (keyboards), Jim Price (horns), Mike Kellie (drums), Chris Karan (percussion),
Frank Ricotti (percussion).
This great guitarist from Free and Back Street Crawler sadly
died on March 19, 1976. After his death, this double album was released with outtakes
and unreleased tracks, also covering Paul contributions to albums by other artists,
such as Amazing Blondel, etc. The list of musicians includes the lineups for Free
(Paul Rodgers, Andy Fraser, Tetsu Yamauchi, Simon Kirke, John 'Rabbit' Bundrick),
Back Street Crawler (Terry Wilson, Terry Wilson-Slesser,
Mike Montgomery, Tony Braunagel), Amazing Blondel (Eddie Baird and Terry Wincott),
as well as Jim Capaldi (vocals), Pete Carr (guitar), John Martyn (guitar), Eddie
Quansah (horns), as well as the sessions from the ill-fated Paul Kossoff Band
with Mike Kellie and Micky Feat.
Nick Kent & The Subterraneans
Nick Kent was a famed rock journalist. Around 1978, he was
joined by most of The Only Ones (Peter Perrett, John Perry and Mike Kellie), plus
Tony James (from Generation X), and they recorded some tracks that remain unreleased
up to now.
As we've read in the bio page, Mike Kellie played
with Johnny Thunders for some concerts in 1978. That same year, he recorded
this album, with relevant people from the emergent punk scene, such as
Steve Jones & Paul Cook (from The Sex Pistols), Walter Lure & Billy
Rath (from The Heartbreakers), Chrissie Hynde (from The Pretenders), John
Earle (sax, from Graham Parker Band), Peter Perrett & Mike Kellie (from
The Only Ones), plus Phil Lynott (bass, from Thin Lizzy) and Steve Marriott
(guitar, from Humble Pie) and Johnny's fiancee, singer Patti Paladin.
I must say that punk and assorted are not my favourite
style, but Johnny Thunders was really talented. I saw some concerts on
TV, and I liked that he always included some covers by all-girls soul bands,
such as The Shangri-Las, The Ronettes or The Supremes. A shame he died,
he lived too dangerously...
No, no, Mike Kellie never played with Foreigner. It's
only that this 2CD compilation also has solo tracks from both Lou Gramm
and Mick Jones, and it also includes some Spooky Tooth tracks, featuring
Mike. Just for completion, some other musicians appearing in the album
that will be covered someday in my Olympus: Ian Hunter (keyboards, vocals),
Nils Lofgren (guitar), Gary Wright (keyboards, vocals), Richard Cottle
(keyboards), Schuyler Deale (bass), Felix Krish
(bass), Dave Lebolt (keyboards), Eddie Martinez (guitar), Bob Mayo (keyboards),
Ian MacDonald (sax, flute), Mike Patto (vocals), Mark Rivera (sax), Chrissie
Stewart (bass), Terry Thomas (guitar, keyboards), Bruce Turgon (bass),
Bryson Graham (drums), etc.
Jukebox heroes: the Foreigner anthology (Aug 2000,
Rhino) (2CD, compilation)
This band was led by superb guitarist John Moorshead
(from Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation). After some singles with different musicians,
such as the mythical drummer Carlo Little, he also recorded a promo album
in 1969, with Jackie Lomax (vocals, guitar), Alex Dmochowski (bass, also
from Aynsley Dunbar band),
Bobby Keys (sax), Jim Price (trumpet), Mike Kellie (drums), Barry Jenkins
(drums), plus Pete Ham & Tom Evans (from Badfinger, backing vocals).
The album was never released until 1984.
Take me down to the water (1984, Psycho)
At that time, Joe Cocker & The Grease Band had
With a little help from my friends (May 69, Regal)
Joe Cocker (vocals)
Henry McCullough (guitar)
Chris Stainton (bass)
Kenny Slade (drums)
This was the lineup that recorded Joe Cocker's
first album, the worldwide famous With a little help from my friends,
although many other musicians were used in it. The complete lineup only
appears in 1 song, a very beautiful rendition of 'Don't let me be misunderstood'.
Some other great musicians in the album: Jimmy Page, Albert Lee, David
Cohen (guitar), Carol Kaye (bass), Artie Butler, the great Matthew Fisher,
Steve Winwood (keyboards), Paul Humpries, the much-missed B.J. Wilson,
the fantastic Clem Cattini, Mike Kellie (drums on 3 songs: 'Change in
Louise', 'Do I still figure in your life?' and 'I shall be
released'), Merry Clayton, Brenda Holloway, Patrice Holloway, Madeline
Bell, Sunny Weetman, Rosetta Hightower (backing vocals). A classical album.
This band was formed around 1967 by guitarist Andy
Roberts (later in Plainsong), vocalist Adrian Henri, and superb bassist
Percy Jones, among others. In this album, not recorded by the original
lineup, we can find Mike Kellie. Henri later formed Grimms, and Mike also
played with them, as we're going to read.
He was the bassist in Matthews' Southern Comfort.
In this solo album, we can find Bryn Haworth (guitar), Gary Farr (guitar,
harmonica), Brian Godding (guitar), Gordon Jackson (sitar, from Deep Feeling),
Gary Wright (keyboards), Reg King (keyboards), Tony Priestland (sax), Mike
Kellie (drums), Kevin Westlake (drums).
He was bassist in the band Big Sleep (that also contained
several later members of Man). In this album, he's accompanied by his bandmate
Ray Williams (guitar), plus Big Jim Sullivan (guitar), John Rostill (bass,
from The Shadows), Mike Kellie (drums), Will Malone (drums) and Barry Morgan
This album is Jim's solo debut. It includes lots of
friends. From Traffic: Steve Winwood, Dave Mason, Ric
Grech, Rebop, Jim Gordon, Chris Wood. From Muscle Shoals: Roger Hawkins,
David Hood, Barry Beckett (all three were to join Traffic sometime later),
Jimmy Johnson (guitar). Plus some others, like Sue Glover & Sunny Leslie
(vocals), the great Paul Kossoff (guitar), Trevor Burton (bass), Bob Griffin
(keyboards), and Mike Kellie (drums).
Oh! how we danced (1972, Island)
This album (that was also re-released under the name
Neil Innes a-go-go) by the former member of funny band The
Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, features Ollie Halsall (guitar), Andy Roberts (guitar),
Dave Richards (bass), Mike Kellie (drums), Gerry Conway (drums).
How sweet to be an idiot (1973, UA)
I don't know who he is. In this album, produced by
Maurice Gibb (from the Bee Gees), Peter Frampton appears with Mike Kellie.
His last name can't be more famous... With brother
Mick Jagger (vocals), and Stones-related people such as Bobby Keys (sax),
Ian 'Stu' Stewart (keyboards), or P.P. Arnold (vocals). Also with David
Pierce (guitar, keyboards), Brian Belshaw (bass), Michael Omartian (keyboards),
Mike Kellie (drums), Roger Earl (drums), Don Poncher (drums).
As I've told before, Mike played in some sessions
by Liverpool Scene. Grimms was formed by several ex-members of that band,
as well as by members of Scaffold (Mike McGear and Roger McHough). This
was their second album, with appearances by Ollie Halsall (guitar), Neil
Innes (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Zoot Money (keyboards), Mike Kellie
(drums), Gerry Conway (drums).
Rocking duck (1973, Island)
Jerry Lee Lewis
London session (1973, Island) (2LP)
At the beginning of the 70s, it was very common
for r'n'roll and blues pioneers to visit London, in order to record albums
with all their British alumni. It happened with Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf,
and Jerry Lee Lewis. In this album, we can find 'The Killer' backed by
great musicians: Rory Gallagher
(guitar), Peter Frampton (guitar), Albert Lee (guitar), Delanie Bramlett
(vocals, guitar), Klaus Voormann (bass), Gary Wright (keyboards), Tony
Ashton (keyboards), Andy Bown (keyboards), Mike Kellie (drums), Kenny Jones
(drums). As a curiosity, my Spanish version is a butchered 1LP, instead
of the original 2LP. :(
This guitarist and singer has a very interesting career.
He has belonged to Scaffold, Liverpool Scene, Plainsong and Grimms. This
was his third solo album, and we can find here some of his former bandmates:
Iain Matthews (vocals, from Plainsong), Neil Innes (guitar, from Grimms),
Dave Richards (bass, from Plainsong and Grimms), Bob Ronga (bass, from
Plainsong). Plus Paul Kent (vocals), Richard Thompson (guitar), Martin
Carthy (banjo), B.J. Cole (pedal steel guitar), Zoot Money (keyboards),
John Megginson (keyboards), Dick Parry (sax),
Mike Kellie (drums), Gerry Conway (drums), Timi Donald (drums).
Urban cowboy (1973, Elektra)
He was later a member of Fox (with Pete Solley and
Herbie Armstrong) and Yellow Dog, and he'll someday have his own pages
in my Olympus. This must be his second solo album, recorded with Mark Warner
(guitar), Dean Parks (guitar), David Cohen (guitar), Wayne Perkins (guitar),
Louie Shelton (guitar), Leland Sklar (bass), John 'Rabbit' Bundrick (keyboards),
Tom Canning (keyboards), Jim Horn (sax), Mike Kellie (drums), Russ Kunkel
(drums), Bobbye Hall (percussion), and from The Crusaders: Joe Sample (keyboards)
and Wilton Felder (bass). On vocals: Susan Traynor, who joined Kenny in
Fox under the stage name Noosha Fox.
Last stage for Silverwood (1973, Warner)
They were a duo of vocalist: Bill Elliott and Bob
Purvis. They were signed to George Harrison label, Dark Horse. Harrison
also acted here as producer, as well as playing under pseudonym. This was
their first album, backed by: Alvin Lee (guitar), Klaus Voormann (bass),
Willie Weeks (bass), Mel Collins (sax), Billy Preston (keyboards), Gary
Wright (keyboards), Mike Kellie (drums), Jim Keltner (drums).
The place I love (1974, Dark Horse)
The talented bassist from Free. In this album, he
plays with Frankie Miller (vocals), Henry McCullough (guitar), Nick Judd
(keyboards), Mike Kellie (drums), Kim Turner (drums).
Andy Fraser Band (1975, CBS)
A great guitarist. This album featured his band:
Pat Travers (1976, Polydor)
But the album also has collaborations by Brian Chatton
(keyboards), and Mike Kellie (drums on the track 'Boom boom (out go
Pat Travers (guitar,
Peter 'Mars' Cowling (bass)
Roy Dyke (drums)
This artist, also known as Roderick Taylor, recorded
this second album, produced by Matthew Fisher (also playing keyboards),
with Mike Japp (guitar, from Marmalade), Ken Freeman (keyboards), Mike
Kellie (drums) and backing vocals by Kay Garner, Irene Chanter and Doreen
He was the leader in Ducks DeLuxe (the band included
Brinsley Schwarz in 1975) and Tyla Gang. In this solo album, he appears
alongside old bandmates, such as the whole lineup of Tyla Gang (Bruce Irvine,
Mike Desmarais and Ken Whaley), Mick Groom & Nick Garvey & Tim
Roper (from Ducks DeLuxe), as well as some members of other 'pub rock'
bands: John Earle (sax, from Graham Parker band), Malcolm Morley (keyboards,
from Bees Make Honey, Man, Help Yourself), Pete Thomas (drums, from The
Attractions), Alam 'Bam' King (from Ace), as well as Joan Jett (vocals),
Steve Jones (vocals, from Sex Pistols), Mike Kellie (drums).
Just popped out (1980, Polydor)
COLLECTIVE ALBUMS AND SOUNDTRACKS
Rattlesnake guitar: the music of Peter Green (1995,
Coast to Coast) (2CD)
This fantastic album pays tribute to Peter
Green. It's a double album (29 songs), with lots of veterans from the
blues-rock scene. It includes one of the latest appearances of the late
Rory Gallagher. With Bobby
Tench, Savoy Brown, and members from Foghat ('Lonesome'
Dave Peverett & Rod Price), Spooky Tooth, Jethro Tull (Ian Anderson,
and Mick Abrahams), Snowy White (from Thin Lizzy; he also played with Peter
Green around 1977), Arthur Brown (the one who had a big hit with 'Fire'
in the late 60s), John 'Rabbit' Bundrick, Luther Grosvenor, Dick Heckstall-Smith,
the great Ken Hensley (from Uriah Heep), jazz-fussion
player Ray Gomez, to name a few. From the new generations, great appearances
by bass-master Billy Sheehan (from Talas, UFO, David Lee Roth band and
Mr. Big), the late Bobby Chouinard (drums, from Billy Squier band and Gary
Moore band), Stu Hamm (bass, from Joe Satriani and Steve Vai bands), Jonathan
Mover (drums, from GTR, Joe Satriani band, now with his own band Einstein),
and Roy Z (from his own band Tribe of Gypsies, also touring for a while
with Iron Maiden vocalist, Bruce Dickinson).
Mike is featured in two songs:
'Crying won't bring you back' (Luther Grosvenor
/ Mike Kellie / Jess Roden)
'Merry go round' (Luther Grosvenor / Mike
Kellie / Jess Roden)
Apart from that, I once read that he also played
some sessions for Traffic, but I think he doesn't appear in any of their
albums. I've also read he appeared in some album by Graeme Edge.
Note for me: Check this reference: 1973 - Lewis, Jerry Lee
- Sometimes a Memory Ain't Enough. Also check if he plays in Tommy OST.
Musicians mentioned in this page that I have
projected to cover in my site someday:
And short tributes to:
John 'Rabbit' Bundrick
From the superb site Knights
in Blue Denim: The British Blues Scene '68 - '70 (by Christer Fridhammar
& Vanja), we have:
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29/September/1999. Last modified on: 08/April/2002.