Wednesday night was one of those days when I had an opportunity to photograph a veteran musician who has been playing for 50 years.
Kim Simmonds, formed the blues rock group Savoy Brown in 1965/1966 at the age of 19, in South West London. Savoy Brown was one of those groups with a revolving door of musicians who came and went on a regular basis, but the tradition of American/British Blues Rock remained its core focus.
Many former members of Savoy Brown went on to achieve high musical status in bands such as, Molly Hatchet, Fleetwood Mac, Black Sabbath, and UFO, to name a few. But, Savoy Brown’s highest ranking American Billboard release made it to #69, in November 1981 of a cover originally recorded by Smokie.
When the band started out, Simmonds wasn’t the singer. However, you wouldn’t know that from his concerts because he has got the vocals and guitar playing down-pat. During the Seattle performance he talked a little about his past and played a lot of songs from his early days of Savoy Brown.
Myself and everyone there, enjoyed the evening of music, storytelling, and good vibes.
I hope you enjoy the photos.
Special thanks to:
Kim Simmonds – guitars, harmonica, vocals
Pat DeSalvo – bass
Garnet Grimm – drums