Long John Baldry: In the Shadow of the Blues

Long John Baldry: In the Shadow of the Blues

Release date:

2007

Running time:

48 minutes

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Available on DVD

Closed Captioned:

Yes

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At 6 foot 7, with a booming baritone voice, Long John Baldry had a presence that commanded the attention of audiences around the world. He was a founding member of the UK Blues and Rock movement in the 60s; an English Gentleman, a dandy; quietly, yet confidently, gay. His Blues revivalism inspired The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and a young Eric Clapton. Yet his gentle and trusting nature left him vulnerable to bad management that affected his career and relegated him to the status of a "secret legend."

Baldry made Vancouver his home in the 80s until his death in 2005. This documentary celebrates his long and influential career and features footage of early performances and commentary from a number of musicians for whom he was a great influence. They include Rod Stewart, whom Baldry discovered playing harmonica at a train station and a chubby young piano player named Reginald Dwight, who later changed his name to Elton John-the "John" part of his new name as a tribute to Baldry. Long John Baldry: In the Shadow of the Blues is a fitting tribute to a man whose generosity of spirit and musical influence will remain for some time to come.

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