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Saturday, 19 November 2016

Post 654 - The Jelly Roll Big Band - I've Been Away Too Long - Son Of A Preacher Man

“The Jelly Roll Big Band” was initially formed in cairns as “brass knuckle” - and won far North Queensland section of hoadleys battle of sounds then went to Rockhampton for country finals and come second to Townsville band the “Club”. They supported a lot of acts in Brisbane in 1971 which included Normie Rowe, Kamahl, and Doug Parkinson to name a few. “I’ve Been Away Too Long” b/w “Son Of A Preacher Man” (QK-4412), The A side penned by Max Merritt made it into the Brisbane Top 30 in 1971. The B side if I didn’t know and heard it on the radio I would have thought it was Blood Sweat & Tears even the vocals sound like David Clayton Thomas. Recorded for Sunshine Records the single was produced by Richard Batchens. Members were Barry Whitehead, Dave Godfrey, Stephen Berry-Porter, Ian Robinson and John James. This was the only recording by the band, a real pity there wasn’t an LP. Flac 

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