Cyril Davies was a legendary figure in the early UK blues scene, a natural born harmonica player and panel beater. Roger Eagle had a copy of the EP which contained all these four tracks which he played often at the Brazennose Street Twisted Wheel. Today this EP is a rare sort after item. Unfortunately, Cyril died in 1964 of leukaemia just a few weeks before his booked appearance at the Wheel. His version of Country Line Special inspired many young mods to buy an Echo Vamper and try to play it note for note – with various levels of success.
Cyril Davies and Alexis Korner formed the All Stars in the very early 1960’s (despite the fact that they apparently used to fall out quite frequently). Cyril was a great singer and harmonica player – inspiring the Rolling Stones among others.
He was an original member of Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated in 1961. Mick Jagger was a fan.
After Cyril’s death, Long John Baldry took the rest of the group and formed The Hoochie Coochie Men (or Hoochie Coochie Ladies as Rod Stewart has referred to them).
The instrumental Country line special was a HUGE hit at the Twisted Wheel.
Country Line Special
My Sweet Mary
Preachin’ The Blues
Cyril Davies’ Allstars
May ’63 – Country Line Special/Chicago Calling
September ’63 – Preachin’ The Blues/Sweet Mary
Cyril Davies – harmonica/vocals
Long John Baldry – vocals
Bernie Watson – guitar
Cliff Barton – bass guitar
Carlo Little – drums
First British home grown blues singer.
Born 1932 – Denham, Buckinghamshire, UK
Cause of Death Leukemia
Died 7th January 1964 – UK