Chicken Shack

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Chicken Shack
Genres Blues
Years active 1965–1973
1976–present
Labels Blue Horizon, Deram Records, Nova, Shark, Warner Music Group, Gull, Epic Records, RCA Records, SPV (Germany), Strange Fruit Records, Mystic,
Associated acts Savoy Brown, Broken Glass, Fleetwood Mac, UFO
Members Stan Webb
Gary Davies
Jim Rudge
Past members See Members

Chicken Shack are a British blues band, founded in the mid-1960s by Stan Webb (guitar and vocals), Andy Silvester (bass guitar), and Alan Morley (drums), who were later joined by Christine Perfect (McVie) (vocals and keyboards) in 1968. Chicken Shack has performed with various line-ups, Stan Webb being the only constant member. Stan still maintains that they are a Blues/Rock band as shown on their album Imagination Lady.

Career[edit]

David 'Rowdy' Yeats and Andy Silvester had formed Sounds of Blue in 1964 as a Stourbridge based rhythm and blues band. They invited Stan Webb, who was leaving local band The Shades 5, to join them. The band also included Christine Perfect and Chris Wood (later to join Traffic) amongst others in their line up.[1] With a new line-up Chicken Shack was formed as a trio in 1965,[2] naming themselves after Jimmy Smith's Back at the Chicken Shack album. 'Chicken shacks' (open-air roadside chicken stands) had also been frequently mentioned in blues and r&b songs, as in Amos Milburn's hit, "Chicken Shack Boogie". Over the next few years the band had a residency at the Star-Club,[1] Hamburg with Morley, then Al Sykes, Hughie Flint (who was John Mayall's drummer when Eric Clapton was in the band) and later Dave Bidwell on drums.

They made their first UK appearance at the 1967 National Jazz and Blues Festival, Windsor and signed to Mike Vernon's Blue Horizon record label in the same year;[1] releasing Forty Blue Fingers, Freshly Packed and Ready to Serve in early 1968. A mainstay of the British blues boom, and a regular at UK festivals (Stan Webb's wandering through the crowd with a 200ft extension to his guitar lead during the band's set was a regular occurrence[citation needed]), Chicken Shack enjoyed some commercial success, with Christine Perfect voted Best Female Vocalist in the Melody Maker polls two years running. They had two minor hits with "I'd Rather Go Blind" and "Tears in the Wind",[1] after which Perfect left the band in 1969 when she married John McVie of Fleetwood Mac. She was replaced by Paul Raymond from Plastic Penny.[1]

After being dropped by Blue Horizon, pianist Paul Raymond, bassist Andy Silvester, and drummer Dave Bidwell all left in 1971 to join Savoy Brown.[1] At this point Webb reformed the band as a trio with John Glascock on bass and Paul Hancox on drums, and they recorded Imagination Lady.[1] The line-up did not last; Glascock left to join Carmen, while Webb was recruited for Savoy Brown in 1974 and recorded the album Boogie Brothers with them.[1]

From 1977 until the present Webb has revived the Chicken Shack name on a number of occasions, with a rotating membership over the next 30 years of British blues musicians including, at various times, Paul Butler (ex-Jellybread, Keef Hartley Band)(guitar), Keef Hartley, ex-Ten Years After drummer Ric Lee and Miller Anderson, some of whom came and went several times. The band has remained popular as a live attraction in Europe throughout.

Webb remains as their only constant band member.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7]

Personnel[edit]

Members[edit]

Current members
  • Stan Webb – guitar, vocals (1965–1974, 1976–present)
  • Gary Davies – guitar (1988–present)
  • Jim Rudge – bass (1998–present)
Former members

Lineups[edit]

1965–1968 1968 1968 1968
  • Stan Webb – guitar, vocals
  • Alan Morley – drums
  • Andy Silvester – bass
  • Christine Perfect – keyboards, vocals
  • Stan Webb – guitar, vocals
  • Andy Silvester – bass
  • Christine Perfect – keyboards, vocals
  • Al Sykes – drums
  • Stan Webb – guitar, vocals
  • Andy Silvester – bass
  • Christine Perfect – keyboards, vocals
  • Hughie Flint – drums
1968–1969 1969–1971 1971 1971–1972
  • Stan Webb – guitar, vocals
  • Andy Silvester – bass
  • Christine Perfect – keyboards, vocals
  • Dave Bidwell – drums
  • Stan Webb – guitar, vocals
  • Andy Silvester – bass
  • Dave Bidwell – drums
  • Paul Raymond – keyboards
  • Stan Webb – guitar, vocals
  • John Glascock – bass
  • Paul Hancox – drums
1972 1972–1974 1974–1976 1976–1978
  • Stan Webb – guitar, vocals
  • Paul Hancox – drums
  • Bob Daisley – bass
  • Stan Webb – guitar, vocals
  • Rob Hull – bass
  • Alan Powell – drums
  • David Wilkinson – keyboards

Disbanded

  • Stan Webb – guitar, vocals
  • Robbie Blunt – guitar
  • Paul Martinez – bass
  • Ed Spivock – drums
  • Dave Winthrop – saxophone
1978–1979 1979–1980 1980 1980–1981
  • Stan Webb – guitar, vocals
  • Robbie Blunt – guitar
  • Ed Spivock – drums
  • Dave Winthrop – saxophone
  • Steve York – bass
  • Stan Webb – guitar, vocals
  • Paul Butler – guitar
  • Bob Daisley – bass
  • Keef Hartley – drums
  • Stan Webb – guitar, vocals
  • Paul Butler – guitar
  • Ric Lee – drums
  • Alan Scott – bass
  • Stan Webb – guitar, vocals
  • Paul Butler – guitar
  • Ric Lee – drums
  • Andy Pyle – bass
1981 1981–1983 1983–1986 1986–1987
  • Stan Webb – guitar, vocals
  • Paul Butler – guitars
  • Ric Lee – drums
  • Andy Pyle – bass
  • Tony Ashton – keyboards
  • Stan Webb – guitar, vocals
  • Andy Pyle – bass
  • Russ Alder – drums
  • Miller Anderson – guitar
  • Stan Webb – guitar, vocals
  • Andy Pyle – bass
  • Miller Anderson – guitar
  • John Gunzell – drums
  • Roger Saunders – guitar
  • Andy Scott – bass
  • Stan Webb – guitar, vocals
  • John Gunzell – drums
  • Jan Connolly – bass
  • David Wilkinson – keyboards
  • Dave Winthrop – saxophone
1987 1987–1988 1988–1991 1991–1993
  • Stan Webb – guitar, vocals
  • David Wilkinson – keyboards
  • Bev Smith – drums
  • Wayne Terry – bass
  • Stan Webb – guitar, vocals
  • David Wilkinson – keyboards
  • Bev Smith – drums
  • David Wintour – bass
  • Stan Webb – guitar, vocals
  • David Wilkinson – keyboards
  • Bev Smith – drums
  • David Wintour – bass
  • Gary Davies – guitar
  • Stan Webb – guitar, vocals
  • David Wilkinson – keyboards
  • Bev Smith – drums
  • Gary Davies – guitar
  • James Morgan – bass
1993–1998 1998–2002 2002–2008 2008–2010
  • Stan Webb – guitar, vocals
  • Bev Smith – drums
  • Gary Davies – guitar
  • James Morgan – bass
  • Stan Webb – guitar, vocals
  • Bev Smith – drums
  • Gary Davies – guitar
  • Jim Rudge – bass
  • Stan Webb – guitar, vocals
  • Gary Davies – guitar
  • Jim Rudge – bass
  • Mick Jones – drums
  • Stan Webb – guitar, vocals
  • Gary Davies – guitar
  • Jim Rudge – bass
  • Mick Jones – drums
  • Dave Winthrop – saxophone
2010–2012 2012–2013 2013–present
  • Stan Webb – guitar, vocals
  • Gary Davies – guitar
  • Jim Rudge – bass
  • Dave Winthrop – saxophone
  • Chris Williams – drums
  • Stan Webb – guitar, vocals
  • Gary Davies – guitar
  • Jim Rudge – bass
  • Romek Parol – drums
  • Stan Webb – guitar, vocals
  • Gary Davies – guitar
  • Jim Rudge – bass

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Name UK[8]
1968 "It's Okay With Me Baby" -
1968 "When The Train Comes Back" -
1969 "I'd Rather Go Blind" 14
1969 "Tears in the Wind" 29

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Larkin C 'Virgin Encyclopedia of Sixties Music' (Muze UK Ltd, 1997) ISBN 0-7535-0149-X p110
  2. ^ a b "Stan Webb's Chickenshack – Beginnings". Stanwebb.co.uk. 3 February 1946. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Stan Webb's Chickenshack – 1970s". Stanwebb.co.uk. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Stan Webb's Chickenshack – 1980s". Stanwebb.co.uk. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Stan Webb's Chickenshack – 1990s". Stanwebb.co.uk. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Stan Webb's Chickenshack – 2000s". Stanwebb.co.uk. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "Stan Webb's Chickenshack – Personnel". Stanwebb.co.uk. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  8. ^ Roberts, David (2007). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 104. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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