Well I wasn't expecting that!

Graham Bond and Pete Brown's Piblokto!

Carl & Pat Heywood

Unforgettable experience

I went with my girlfriend, now wife of 50 years. We were really looking forward to a great evening of the best of British Rhythm and Blues.  Other than Graham and Pete Brown we didn't know who would be playing, as it was billed as Graham Bond and Friends.  As it turned out Graham's lineup was a whose who of British R&B with appearances from amongst others graduates from John Mayall's and Alexis Corner's academies for rock mega stars including Stones, Led Zepps, Cream, Yardbirds etc. Marsha Hunt turned up with friends from Hair to sing. In such company you could have feared for Pete Brown's Piblokto but they where great.  It was a fantastic evening's R&B.  However, that is not our most enduring memory. It was the start of the concert which was truelly memorable. Graham entered the stage alone and explained that when he was a boy practicing piano he told his Mum that one day he would play the Albert Hall organ for her.  He said we could sit and listen quietly if we wanted but this was for his mum.  He then climbed to the organ console and played J.S. Bach's - Toccata and Fugue in D Minor - absolutely straight. Well I wasn't expecting that!  Having brought the house down he took his place at the Hammond and normal service was resumed. Carl

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