Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Well I'll Be A Funky Uncle
One of the musical tales rattled around at family gatherings and get-togethers involves my uncle's sixties band, shrouded in whispers of - 'Hamburg gigs', 'meeting Mick Jagger' and 'having a single out' ..
I met up with Uncle D over Christmas, stumbled into the subject of his band, and decided to do some digging. Turns out he was the singer in a sixties band - called The Habits, whose career highlights include touring with the Stones, gigging with The Yardbirds, supporting John Lee Hooker and making one single 'Need You' produced by Steve Windwood and Spencer Davis. Incredible!
Even more bizarrely the B-Side (Elbow Baby) of their only single is track 20 on a Decca compilation (The Mod Scene), given to me for Christmas 2007 by mum, which has been spinning in my kitchen ever since.
Further to this they've got a micro-entry on AMG, and the single currently has a starting price of £3.95 on ebay.
Next question for Uncle D - how do you do 'The Elbow' (as in the lyric 'do The Elbow baby')
The Habits - Elbow Baby