Band members Related acts
- Peter Arnensen (RIP) -- vocals, keyboards
- Clif Carrison - drums, percussion
- Steve Hayton (RIP 2006) -- lead guitar (-69)
- Gary Holderman -- vocals, lead guitar
- Kurt Palomaki -- vocals, bass
- Mick Cox Band (Peter Anensen)
- Daylight (Steve Hayton)
Rating: *** (3 stars)
Title: Oakdown Farm
Grade (cover/record): VG / VG
Comments: small surface tear on front cover; spiral inner label
GEMM catalog ID: 4
Here's what the liner notes have to say:
"They are an American band, resident in Britain since late 1969. Daddy Longlegs were brought together two years earlier, however, by a wealthy backer from Chicago looking for the best rock talent in the Sates. He found Kurt Palmaki, the bass player, working in New York's Electric Circus who was asked to play as many rhythms as he could using only two notes. Kurt got the job when he passed the 20 mark. Clif Carson, the drummer was discovered on the West Coast, selling the Berkeley Barb in the streets. His previous work with Chicago Slim's Blues Band got him the gig with Daddy Longlegs. Steve Hayton, the group's original lead guitarist was found picking Indian ragas for his dinner in a San Francisco curry house. Like many urban Americans, the band reacted agsanst the neurotic state of city life by moving to a farm in update New York, gradually fitting their music together and developing the feel of American country life. Later in their career they wainly tried to make the band work in New York before moving out to New Mexico. Then came their move to England. Moe Armstrong joined the band towards the summer of last year. A strange mixture of hillbilly and freak, Moe gave the band a feeling of humour and warmth, a feeling which has persisted even after Moe's departure back to the States with his wife Joanie. Today he runs a puppet show in New Mexico. Steve Hayton left the band toward the end of last year, to be repalced with another American, Gary Holderman, at one time the guitarist for Roy Orbison and Bobby Vee. He was on the verge of accepting a job with Pacific Gas and Electric when he got the call to join Longlegs. A fourth member, Pete Arnesen on piano was added late last year."
Farm" track listing:
1.) Rubber Tyre (Peter Arnesen)
2.) Double Decker (Kurt Palomaki) -
3.) Please Believe Me (Peter Arnesen - Dean) -
4.) Lonely Way (Peter Arnesen - Dean) -
5.) Sweet Louise (Peter Arnesen - Dean) -
6.) Wheeling and Dealing (Gary Holderman) -
2.) Gambling Man (Kurt Palomaki) -
3.) Clara Bell (Gary Holderman) -
4.) Night Shift (Clif Carrison) -
5.) Moog (Peter Arnesen) -
Boogie (traditional arranged by Gary Holderman) -
Excellent re-mastered re-issue
of this lost album from 1971 by this obscure U.S.band and who were one of
the first American acts (resident in Britain since late 1969) to sign to
Vertigo Records.This was the act's second album and has elements of country
music to basic rock styles and is an authentic taste of that relaxed, open
feel which is the essence of American rural culture. Housed in a square mini
card sleeve format, which replicates the original gatefold vinyl artwork.
Rural stuff, no doubt. Some is just loosely
playing around, pretty boring. Some is decent country, pretty boring too.
But some is suddenly tight and intelligent US rock like Please
believe me. If it weren't for a marring fender piano, Wheeling
& dealing would be excellent too. Holderman (former guitarist for
Roy Orbison and Bobby Vee!!) plays a great part on the sweaty Night
shift. If you do not like the smell of hay emitting from your
speakers, then give this a wide berth. Otherwise, you may like at least some
of the cuts. There is no trace anywhere of the commendable novel by Jean
Webster that gave its name to the band to be found.
From "Oakdown Farm", in 1971, their second album, and their first effort for Vertigo Records. Formed in the US in 1968, the band featured Kurt Palomaki on bass and clarinet, Steve Hayton on guitar and vocals and Clif Carrison on drums. They moved to England in 1969 when they were promised work in movies, but when this didn't materialize, they signed to Warner Brothers Records, having recruited Mo Armstrong on vocals (and Steve Miller helping out on keyboards). This line-up recorded the band's eponymous album, which was released in 1970.
Mo Armstrong and Steve Hayton then left the band (with the latter joining guitarist/vocalist Mick Softtley) and they were replaced by Gary ''Norton" Holderman and Pete Arnesen respectively. The line-up of Carrison, Palomaki, Arnesen and Holderman signed to Vertigo Records and Daddy Longlegs were effectively the first US band to appear on this prestigious progressive rock label. The album has some fantastic moments, varying between jazz, folk and rock.
Pete Arnesen would later team up with bass player Tim Wheatley (from Vertigo stablemates Gracious), and they formed Taggett with ex-Greatest Show on Earth vocalist/guitarist Colin Horton-Jennings in 1974. (Prior to this, both Arnesen and Palomaki had a short stint with Dick Morrissey's If, appearing on their ''Double Diamond" album in 1973). Daddy Longlegs then moved to Polydor Records and they released their third album, ''Three Musicians", in 1972. The band then released their final album, "Shifting Sands", the same year, before folding for good.
Formed in 1968, they released their first album in March 1970 and played a mixture of blues and rock with country influences. Stephen Miller of Caravan played on their first albums, which rarely turn up.
Daddy Longlegs originally formed in 1968 with a line-up of Steve Hayton (guitar/vocals), Cliff Carrison (drums) and Kurt Palomaki (bass/clarinet) in their native America, but moved to England in 1969. They signed to Warner Brothers, recruited vocalist Mo Armstrong, and released the single, "High Again"/"To The Rescue" (WB 8012) and the "Daddy Longlegs" LP (WB 3004).
With both Armstrong and Hayton leaving soon after, Carrison and Palomaki recruited vocalist/pianist Pete Arnesen and guitarist/vocalist Gary "Norton" Holderman and became one of the first American acts to sign to Vertigo Records. The 12-track "Oakdown Farm" LP was released in 1971 (6360 038) and has remained a collectors item ever since with its current mint value put at about £20.
Arnesen left soon after the LP, teaming up
bassist Tim Wheatley to form the more pop-based Taggett.
Holderman, Palomaki and Carrison decided not to replace him and, signing to
Polydor Records, released 1972's "The Three Musicians" LP (Polydor
2371261) though by the time of the "Shifting Sands" LP (Polydor
2371323) Palomaki had left and the constant personnel changes that had
dogged Daddy Longlegs career finally brought the band to an end,
though still to this day their albums are some of the most sought-after by
early 1970s records collectors.
Palmoaki has become an artist
PETER ARNESEN info
Peter Arnesen (keyboards)
Austrian keyboardist, he was born on August 25th, 1947.
First thing I've found about him is when he was a member of the band Daddy Long Legs in 1970:
They released one album, Oakdown farm, in 1971. After some personnel changes, they released a 2nd album, Three musicians, with new guitarist Gary 'Norton' Holderman. They parted ways in 1972.Steve Hayton (vocals, guitar)
In 1973, he was in a mega band called Kala:
They released a self-titled album that same year.Carol Grimes (vocals)
He was a founding member of The Rubettes:
They scored a #1 hit with their first single, 'Sugar baby love'. After their first album, Where it's at, Peter leaves the band in 1974.Alan Williams (guitar)
Next project was a band called Taggett:
They released a self-titled album with help from Pete Wingfield (keyboards), Alan Holmes (sax), Richard Hanson (trumpet), Anne Peacock (backing vocals), Lavinia Rodgers (vocals). The album was produced by Tony Hicks (from The Hollies). The connection is because Peter also was a member of the live backing band for The Hollies (along with Pete Wingfield). But I don't know the period he spent with them. Help, please!!Colin Horton-Jennings (guitar, vocals)
In January 1975, he joins the Hunter-Ronson band:
They recorded the album Ian Hunter from January to March (also including a guest appearance by John Gustafson in one track), but he was in a hospital when Hunter-Ronson band did a UK tour on April-May 1975 (he was replaced on the tour by Blue Weaver). In July, Peter was back in the band for the US leg of the tour.Ian Hunter (vocals, guitar)
When the Hunter-Ronson band broke up, Peter signed a solo deal with Hunter's record company, CBS. He released at least two singles during 1976, one was an instrumental version of 'Somewhere over the rainbow'. They flopped, so he reverted back to sessions.
Once, I read about a band project called Cheap Flights, supposedly featuring Pete. This was the projected lineup, led by the great, late John Grimaldi:
Don't know how much they stayed together.John Grimaldi (guitar)
After that, he started playing with The Hollies in the studio (recording several albums with them), and probably also as a member of the live band. But I haven't been able to confirm that point. Does anybody know, please?
Albums with Daddy Long Legs:
Related links: Alex's Picks (by Alex Gitlin), we have:
Special thanks to: John Scott Cree, for info on Pete playing in his recordings; Tim Sharman, for info about Pete when playing in Daddy Longlegs.
Thanks to: Sven Gusevik, for providing me lots of info about Peter Arnesen, especially his time with Ian Hunter; Alex Gitlin, for giving me info about Rubettes, Gracious and Taggett.
If you can contribute (with additions, corrections, opinions, etc.), please, send me an e-mail message at firstname.lastname@example.org
Press to come back to Geoff Whitehorn's biography page or press "BACK" button in your browser to come back to previous page.Daddy Longlegs were a bunch of Americans, resettled in the British countryside. At the Roundhouse in London in 1970 we enjoyed the first generation Daddy Longlegs (lineup of the Warner Bros. album) featuring Moe Armstrong (vocals), Steve Hayton (guitar), Kurt Palomaki (bass) and Cliff Carrison (drums). They really got the crowd going with Armstrong's country bumpkins antics (Santa Claus on speed) and Hayton's driving Gibson 335.
Not a blues band by any means (albeit the drummer had a blues background in the U.S.), but since I have the voting power here I list them anyway! I would have loved to have them on any blues festival!
Picture above © Moe Armstrong who kindly has supplied me with lots of material. Click on photo for a larger sized picture plus poem by Moe himself.
"High Again" (Hayton/Armstrong/Palomaki/Carrison)/"To the Rescue (Wet Putso)"(Booger Hams) WARNER BROS. WB 8012 (1970).
A-Side: A good barnyard stomp with cheerful singing, whistling and the spirit of Acker Bilk at the end. Not yer average psychedelic blues...
B-side: Starts with a bloodcurdling shriek, then the tough guitars enter the door. More rhythm than melody. And then the tempo changes abruptly and this time the spirit of Carlos Santana (or Quicksilver M.S.) takes over the soul of the lead guitarist. I'd say interesting. And quite good.
"Daddy Longlegs" WARNER BROS. WB 3004 /U.S. number/ (1970)
"Oakdown Farm" VERTIGO 6360 038 (1971)
"Three Musicians" POLYDOR 2371 261 (1972)
"Shifting Sands" POLYDOR 2371 323 (1972)
http://18.104.22.168/moe/ Moe Armstrtong
I first came to
England. Pulled out of the mountains of New Mexico to sing in Europe.
I came to a club that was in Switzerland called the Blow Up Club.
Named after the movie. I went on stage and started to sing. The whole
place rocked out. We came and played every night for two weeks. By the
time we came back to England, we were ready to go on tour. Lived on a
boat on the Thames River in London. We came back to Switzerland on
There was nothing
like the first time in
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