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Gospel Oak

Matthew Kelly began his musical career in the late 1960s, playing harmonica with some well known blues artists, including Mel Brown, Champion Jack Dupree, Johnny Lee Hooker, and T-Bone Walker.

"...I ended up going to England. I was playing in a band called Gospel Oak over there. The name came from a debunked underground station (tube station). I met up with these guys who had a record deal with MCA. Their manager was one of the publicists for the Beatles so it sounded like a really good deal... Gospel Oak ended up breaking up and when I came back from London, I started sitti ...read more

Matthew Kelly began his musical career in the late 1960s, playing harmonica with some well known blues artists, including Mel Brown, Champion Jack Dupree, Johnny Lee Hooker, and T-Bone Walker.

"...I ended up going to England. I was playing in a band called Gospel Oak over there. The name came from a debunked underground station (tube station). I met up with these guys who had a record deal with MCA. Their manager was one of the publicists for the Beatles so it sounded like a really good deal... Gospel Oak ended up breaking up and when I came back from London, I started sitting in and playing with the New Riders. Out of that and some recording sessions that I had been working on, David quit New Riders and we started Kingfish together....

(The Vermont Review: Kingfishing for Blues, An Interview with Matthew Kelly, By Brian L. Knight.

At the same time drummer Kerry Gaines, keyboardist Cliff Hall, pedal steel guitarist Gordon Huntley, lead guitarist Bob Le Gate, and singer/bassist John Rapp found themselves in England...They somehow managed to attract the attention of Beatles publicist Tony Barrow. Barrow signed on as manager and used his connections to get the band a record deal with Kapp. The label then decided to ship the group to London where they hooked up with fellow ex-patriot Kelly. The expanded lineup was the teamed with producers Mike Leander and Roger Watson for their self titled debut LP. « hide

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Gospel Oak
1970

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