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Love, Peace and Happiness
by The Chambers Brothers, feat. George Chambers, bass/vocals
George Chambers (1931 to 2019) was an American bassist and singer, with 'The Chambers Brothers'. George Chambers was born on September 26th 1931 in Lee County, Mississippi, USA. When he was old enough he played alongside his brothers Lester, Willie and Joe on guitar in the group 'The Chambers Brothers' and, after venturing outside the 'gospel' music circuit, they mainly played at coffeehouses popular with 'folk' acts. The Ash Grove became one of their favourite haunts and brought them into regular contact with Hoyt Axton, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Reverend Gary Davis and Barbara Dane (Dane especially was a great supporter, not only performing but also recording with them). Chambers and his brothers toured alongside Dane (with Brian Keenan on drums), and she in turn introduced them to Pete Seeger, who helped put them on the bill of the 1965 Newport Folk Festival. Like many on the 'folk' circuit at that time, they eventually looked to electrify their music and develop a more 'rock and roll' sound. Despite this, the band scored their only major hit in autumn 1968 with "Time Has Come Today", an 11-minute track written by Joe and Willie Chambers (as a single, it spent five consecutive weeks in September/October at No. 11 on the US Billboard Hot 100). Later incarnations of the group included session players Steve Hunter and Stephen Patt, but sadly the members were unable to build on their success and eventually split up in 1972. (An album recorded that same year for 'Columbia', "Oh! My God", remains unreleased.) After reforming in the 1970s, they released "Unbonded" (1974) and "Right Move" (1975), plus "Recorded Live In Concert on Mars" for the 'Roxbury' label. They had toured very irregularly since that time, with their latest reunion dating from 2016 as they put on shows in the Los Angeles area, including the city's Grammy Museum. George Chambers died in California on October 12th 2019, at the age of 88.
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Posted: 14th November 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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