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Chicken Shack
United Kingdom

Years: April 1965 - 1973; 1976 - present
Styles: Blues Rock, Hard Rock, Progressive Rock, Rhythm and Blues

Founder

Alan Morley - Drums (in band: 1965 - 1968)
Andy Silvester - Bass Guitar (in band: 1965 - 1971)
Stan Webb - Guitar, Lead guitar, Vocals (in band: 1965 – 1974; 1976 – present)

Members

Al Sykes - Drums (in band: 1968)
Hughie Flint - Drums (in band: 1968)
Christine McVie - Keyboards, Organ, Piano, Vocals (in band: 1968 - 1969)
Dave Bidwell - Congas, Cowbell, Drums (in band: 1968 - 1971)
Paul Raymond - Keyboards, Organ, Piano, Vocals (in band: 1969 - 1971)
Pip Pyle - Drums (in band: 1971)
John Glascock - Bass Guitar (in band: 1971 - 1972)
Paul Hancox - Drums, Percussion (in band: 1971 - 1972)
Rob Hull - Bass Guitar (in band: 1972 - 1974)
Alan Powell - Drums (in band: 1972 - 1974)
David Wilkinson - Keyboards (in band: 1972 – 1974; 1986 – 1993)
Bob Daisley - Bass Guitar (in band: 1972; 1979 - 1980)
Paul Martinez - Bass Guitar (in band: 1976 - 1978)
Robbie Blunt - Guitar (in band: 1976 - 1979)
Ed Spevock - Drums (in band: 1976 - 1979)
Dave Winthrop - Saxophone, Soprano saxophone, Tenor saxophone (in band: 1976 – 1979; 1986 – 1987; 2008 – 2012)
Steve York - Bass Guitar (in band: 1978 - 1979)
Keef Hartley - Drums (in band: 1979 - 1980)
Paul Butler - Guitar (in band: 1979 - 1981)
Alan Scott - Bass Guitar (in band: 1980)
Ric Lee - Drums (in band: 1980 - 1981)
Andy Pyle - Bass Guitar (in band: 1980 - 1986)
Tony Ashton - Keyboards, Piano (in band: 1981)
Russ Alder - Drums (in band: 1981 - 1983)
Miller Anderson - Guitar (in band: 1981 - 1986)
Roger Saunders - Guitar (in band: 1983 - 1986)
Andy Scott - Bass Guitar (in band: 1983 - 1986)
John Gunzel - Drums (in band: 1983 - 1987)
Jan Connolly - Bass Guitar (in band: 1986 - 1987)
Wayne Terry - Bass Guitar (in band: 1987)
James Morgan - Bass Guitar (in band: 1987 - 1991)
Bev Smith - Drums (in band: 1987 – 2002)
Gary Davies - Guitar (in band: 1988 – present)
Jim Rudge - Bass Guitar (in band: 1998 - present)
Mick Jones - Drums (in band: 2002 – 2010)
Chris Williams - Drums (in band: 2010 – 2012)
Romek Parol - Drums (in band: 2012 - 2013)

Biography

RockBoar.com Picture    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 1967. Chicken Shack has performed with various line-ups, Stan Webb being the only constant member.[1]

     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, 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, 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.[1]

     Producer Mike Vernon then signed the quartet to his Blue Horizon Records label. Forty Blue Fingers Freshly Packed And Ready To Serve was a fine balance between original songs and material by John Lee Hooker and Freddie King, to whom Webb was stylistically indebted. OK Ken? emphasized the guitarist’s own compositions, as well as his irreverence, as he introduces each track by impersonating well-known personalities, including UK disc jockey John Peel, ex-Prime Minister Harold Wilson and UK comedian Kenneth Williams. The quartet also enjoyed two minor hit singles with "I’d Rather Go Blind" and "Tears In The Wind", the former of which featured a particularly moving vocal from Perfect, who then left for a solo career (later as Christine McVie). Her replacement was Paul Raymond from Plastic Penny.[2]

      Ensuing releases, 100 Ton Chicken and Accept!, lacked the appeal of their predecessors and their heavier perspective caused a rift with Vernon, who dropped the band from his blues label. Friction within the line-up resulted in the departure of Raymond and Bidwell for Savoy Brown, a band Silvester later joined.[2]

     Webb reassembled Chicken Shack with John Glascock (bass) and Paul Hancox (drums) and embarked on a period of frenetic live work. They completed the disappointing Imagination Lady before Bob Daisley replaced Glascock, but the trio broke up, exhausted, in May 1973, having completed Unlucky Boy. The guitarist established a completely new line-up for Goodbye Chicken Shack, before dissolving the band in order to join the ubiquitous Savoy Brown for a US tour and the Boogie Brothers album.[2]

     Webb then formed Broken Glass and the Stan Webb Band, but he has also resurrected Chicken Shack on several occasions, notably between 1977 and 1979 and 1980 and 1982, in order to take advantage of the band’s continued popularity on the European continent, which, if not translated into record sales, assures this instinctive virtuoso a lasting career. Stan ‘The Man’ Webb continues to delight small club audiences with his latest incarnation of Chicken Shack.[2]

    From 1976 until the present, Webb has revived the Chicken Shack name on a number of occasions, with over 30 years of rotating membership 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. Sometimes billed as Stan Webb’s Chicken Shack, Webb remains as the only constant band member. In 2001 Webb recorded a solo album and continues to tour and play blues.[3]


1. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicken_Shack#Personnel
2. Source: https://www.oldies.com/artist-biography/Chicken-Shack.html
3. Source: https://www.sputnikmusic.com/bands/Chicken-Shack/48638/


Albums

Forty Blue Fingers, Freshly Packed And Ready To Serve (Jun, 1968)
O.K. Ken? (Feb, 1969)
100 Ton Chicken (1969)
Accept (Jun 12, 1970)
Imagination Lady (Feb 2, 1972)
Unlucky Boy (Aug, 1973)
The Creeper (1978)
That's The Way We Are (1978)
39 Bars (Aug 11, 1986)
Changes (1991)
Plucking Good (1993)
Webb's Blues (1995)
Stan's Blues (2012)

Singles & EPs

It's OK With Me Baby (Jan 19, 1968)
Worried About My Woman (Oct, 1968)
When The Train Comes Back (Dec, 1968)
I'd Rather Go Blind (Apr 19, 1969)
Tears In The Wind (Aug, 1969)
Maudie (Jan 16, 1970)
Sad Clown (Jul 31, 1970)
As Time Goes Passing By (Mar 23, 1973)
You Know Could Be Right (Jul 27, 1973)
I'd Rather Go Blind (Aug 23, 1974)

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