Guide to British Music of the 1960s


The Muleskinners

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Ian McLagan - organ / rhythm guitar, Terry Brannan - vocals, Dave Pether - guitar, Nick Tweddell - harmonica, Pete Brown - bass, Mick Carpenter - drums

The band was formed out of Twickenham Art School and was originally known as The Cherokees. They were listening to artists such as Howlin Wolf and Cyril Davis All Stars. McLagan also stated in his excellent autobiography that he regularly went to see The Rolling Stones at The Crawdaddy in Richmond. The band auditioned for a singer and were impressed by Terry Brennan's collection of R&B records and had access to the sounds they wanted to hear. Brennan had previously been in The Roosters with Eric Clapton and Tom McGuinness. Brennan replaced the original vocalist Johnny Eaton.

The Muleskinners released one single, a cover of Howlin' Wolf's Back Door Man with I Need Your Lovin' on the b-side. This has been made available on several compilations while Acid Jazz added two further tracks on its 2010 EP release.

Ian McLagan went on to join Boz & the Boz People with Boz Burrell and later the Small Faces following the departure of Jimmy Winston. He was later in the Faces as well as a regular performer with Bonnie Raitt and the Rolling Stones before forming the Bump Band in Austin, Texas. He died in late 2014 following a severe stroke.

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  • Knockout R&B With The Muleskinners

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