Band members Related acts
- Dick Innes - drums
- J.D. Nicholson - vocals, keyboards
- Rod Piazza - harmonica
- Buddy Reed - guitar
- Gregg Schaefer - guitar
- George Smith - harmonica
- Jerry Smith - bass
- Dirty Blues Band (Rod Piazza)
- J.D. Nicholson (solo efforts)
- Rod Piazza (solo efforts)
- George Smith (solo efforts)
Rating: *** (3 stars)
Title: Grease One For Me
Company: Blue Horizon
Grade (cover/record): VG/VG
Comments: minor ring wear; minor staining on back cover
GEMM catalog ID: 4284
Okay, I'll readily admit to having bought this one for the label - I knew absolutely nothing about this band, but recognized the Blue Horizon label as being a rather collectable item.
wondering what did I get for by $5.00 investment?
1.) Up the Line - 4:12
2.) Boom Boom (Out Go the Lights) (John Lee Hooker) - 3:46
3.) Small's On 53rd Rd - 3:46
4.) She's a Wrong Woman - 5:20
5.) I Need Your Love - 3:46
1.) Juicy Harmonica - 3:55
2.) Nobody But You - 2:12
3.) Telephone Blues - 5:58
4.) You're So Fine - 3:07
Too Late - 5:56
Recorded in 1969 at Eldorado Studios, LA for
Blue Horizon records produced by Mike Vernon. Featured Rod Piazza on vocals
and harmonica on what might ne his first recording.
Bacon Fat was a band led by harmonica player Rod "Gingerman" Piazza and featuring Buddy Reed (guitar, vocals), Gregg Schaefer (guitar), J.D. Nicholson (vocals, piano), Jerry Smith (bass), and Dick Innes, Jr. (drums). They were signed to the British Blue Horizon label and made two albums before breaking up in the early '70s.
"Nobody But You" b/w 'bl;ues feeling' (57-3171) were used to promote their respective album releases:
"No Time For Jive" (7-64856) and "Grease On For Me" (7-63858). George "Harmonica"
Smith and Bacon Fat led by Rod Piazza were based in Los Angeles and the contents
of these albums had been recorded in California during one of my fleeting visits
during November of '69. A 'live' club recording was also undertaken but much of
the material has been mislaid. A real shame for the hard blues fan as gone tracks
are featuring Elmon Mickle (aka Drifting Slim and T.V. Slim), Willie D. Molette and
Pee Wee Crayton. Those items that survive however have surfaced on a Blue
Blues harmonica player
Rod Piazza began his professional career in 1965 with The Dirty Blues Band, which lasted until 1968 when he teamed up as a duo withGeorge "Harmonica" Smith. They worked together as Bacon Fat until Smiths death in 1982.
Piazza put together his new back-up group, The Mighty Flyers, in 1980 and has released a number of fine albums with them. He has also worked as a studio harmonica player, backing up Michelle Shocked,Johnny Dyer, Jimmy Rogers, Charlie Musselwhite, PeeWee Crayton and others.
1967 The Dirty Blues Band, ABC/Bluesway
1968 Stone Dirt, ABC/Bluesway
1968 Bacon Fat, (with George "Harmonica" Smith), Blue Horizon
1970 Grease One For Me, (with Bacon Fat), Blue Horizon
1971 Tough Dude, (with Bacon Fat), Blue Horizon
1973 Rod Piazza Blues Man, LMI
1979 Chicago Flying Saucer Band, Gangster
Mike vernon's label ....
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