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Upon Tomorrow
by Tempest, feat. Paul Williams, lead vocal/acoustic guitar
Paul Williams (1940 to 2019) was an English 'blues'/'rock' singer and bassist. Paul Williams was born Paul William Yarlett in the year 1940 in London, England. During his early career, he was part of 'Zoot Money's Big Roll Band' (supplying both bass guitar and vocals), and notably playing alongside the future 'Police' guitarist Andy Summers. He then replaced John McVie on bass in 'John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers' (it was Mayall who urged him to change his surname as he couldn't pronounce it - he unwittingly chose one of the most popular in music). He also made recordings with drummer Aynsley Dunbar and 'jazz rock' saxophonist Dick Heckstall-Smith, but joined the band 'Juicy Lucy' as their fixed lead vocalist in 1970 (he recorded the album "Lie Back and Enjoy It" while with them). Their line-up of the time included future 'Whitesnake' guitarist Micky Moody, and they were featured as a band in the 1971 film "Bread". (Williams later collaborated with Moody on the album "Smokestacks, Broomdusters and Hoochie Coochie Men" in 2002.) In 1973, he then joined the 'progressive rock' group 'Tempest' (with whom he is featured here), led by Jon Hiseman on drums, Mark Clarke on bass and Allan Holdsworth on guitar. During his time with other short-lived line-ups of his own founding, he had released albums such as "Delta Blues Singer" and "In Memory of Robert Johnson" (both 1973). At one time, when vocalist Chris Farlowe had gone off to work with Van Morrison, he filled in as singer for the 'jazz rock' group 'Colosseum', which reunited him once more with both Heckstall-Smith and Hiseman in the process. However, he rejoined Holdsworth in the group 'I.O.U.' after both had emigrated to the USA and, as well as making their eponymous debut album, also appeared on the subsequent 'I.O.U.' LPs "Road Games" and "Metal Fatigue". Back in England, Williams' most recent touring band had been 'Blue Thunder', who issued their first album "Blues and Beyond" in 1998, with the release of "Blue Thunder 2" (produced by David Hentschel) not coming until 20 years later. A little more recently, he had toured with a revival project called the 'Blues Package' - it also featured ageing stars Long John Baldry, Ray Dorset, Zoot Money, Colin Hodgkinson and Ronnie Johnson, and the line-up fulfilled 30 dates across England, Ireland and Scotland. Paul Williams died in England on March 1st 2019, aged 78.
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Posted: 4th April 2019
Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace ✚", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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