LAWSON AND FOUR MORE
of Memphis, Tennesee came Bobby Lawson with his group Bobby and the
Originals, consisting of Joe Lee lead guitar, Joe Gaston bass, Bill
Donati drums, a guy named Bernie on keyboards and Bobby playing rhythm
guitar and singing. They initially played r&b and soul, but by 1965
they added the Zombies “You Make Me Feel Good” for an appearance on the
local TV show, Talent Party. Around this time, Terry Manning replaced
Bernie on keyboards.
Manning went on to a form Rock City with Chris Bell and Jody Stevens
before those two formed Big Star with Alex Chilton and Andy Hummel.
Manning then became a hugely successful engineer and producer for
artists great and not-so-great. Part of his legacy is inscribing the
Crowley maxim “Do What Thou Wilt” into the dead wax of Led Zeppelin
III. Bobby Lawson started Lawson’s Blues Bag and gigs around Memphis to
top side of their second record Relax Your Mind was recorded in
Nashville in 1966 at the Fred Foster Studio because Ardent was
constructing its new studios in a building on National Ave.
b-side is the psychedelic Halfway Down the Stairs, another Dickinson
song. Bobby Lawson considers it “by far the best thing we ever cut.”
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