Bacon Fat

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)




Genre: blues-rock

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  Grease One For Me

Company: Blue Horizon

Catalog: BK-4087

Year: 1969

Country/State: UK

Grade (cover/record): VG/VG

Comments: minor ring wear; minor staining on back cover

Available: 1

GEMM catalog ID: 4284

Price: $120.00

Cost: $66.00


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.


So you're wondering what did I get for by $5.00 investment?

"Grease One For Me" track listing:
(side 1)

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


(side 2)

1.) Juicy Harmonica - 3:55

2.) Nobody But You - 2:12

3.) Telephone Blues - 5:58

4.) You're So Fine - 3:07

5.) 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. 

A monumental audio document in the history of the Los Angeles' blues scene. This is during a stage when elder statesman like Smith and J.D. Nicholson taught the nuances of the trade to youngsters Piazza and Richard Innes. For Piazza, it shows him in an embryonic stage in his career, displaying his potential while still learning.


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.
Bacon Fat:
"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"
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 with George "Harmonica" Smith. They worked together as Bacon Fat until Smith’s 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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