Savoy Brown rockin’ the blues since 1965

Savoy Brown was formed by guitarist Kim Simmonds, center, in 1965. He now rocks with Pat DeSalvo and Garnett Grimm.

I graduated high school in 1974, and wherever I was or wherever I was going you’d find my best friend Charles “Buck” Hinton. Buck was very musically inclined; I wanted to be. One of the groups he turned me onto was Savoy Brown. The first album I bought of the boys was Looking In (1970). It was their sixth album and remains one of their best.

Savoy was a British blues band, who were one of those from that time frame who successfully mixed blues and rock.

The album, referenced above, spent a week on the UK Official Charts and reached number 50. It did considerably better in the US where it spent 19 weeks on the Billboard 200, peaking at number 39, their second highest charting US album.

Back then and now I always liked longer songs which gave a band time to let loose. On Looking In they mostly recorded songs which lasted over four minutes, something that didn’t happen much is the late 1960s and early 1970s. There even was one song “Leavin’ Again” which came in at 8:29.

It’s 2019, and the blues rockers are back with City Night. All I can say is Kim Simmonds, the founder, still has it, and the songs carry the audience on a rollicking musical adventure. His powerhouse guitar was allowed to explore, while the rhythm section roars on — bassist Pat DeSalvo and drummer Garnet Grimm.

“Am I getting lazy in my old age? No, I’m not ever retiring! I’m on this train ‘till the end….,” Kim said.

This is the band’s 40th album, on the California label Quarto Valley Records.

Many of the band’s singles and albums have appeared on the Billboard charts. Through the 1960s, 1970s and 1980’s songs such as “I’m Tired,” “Train to Nowhere,” “Tell “Mama” and “Lay Back In The Arms Of Someone” became Hot 100 entries. Two of the band’s albums in the 1970s, “Looking In” and “Hellbound Train”, appeared on the Billboard Top Forty charts. This pattern continues today, culminating with “Witchy Feelin'”, the band’s 2017 album, reaching #1 on the Billboard Blues chart.

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