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8 December 1963 - Sonny Boy Williamson & The Yardbirds


Crawdaddy Club, Richmond Athletic Association Grounds Richmond-upon-Thames, Surrey
United Kingdom
Band Lineup: 
Sonny Boy Williamson - Vocals / Harmonica
Eric Clapton – Lead Guitar 
Keith Relf – Vocals / Harmonica 
Chris Dreja – Rhythm Guitar 
Paul Samwell-Smith – Bass 
Jim McCarty – Drums
Set List: 

The Yardbirds:
01. Smokestack Lightning
02. You Can't Judge A Book By It's Cover
03. Let It Rock
04. I Wish You Would
05. Who Do You Love
06. Honey In Your Hips
Sonny Boy Williamson with The Yardbirds:
07. Bye Bye Bird
08. Mister Downchild
09. The River Rhine
10. 23 Hours Too Long
11. A Lost Care
12. Pontiac Blues
13. Take It Easy Baby
14. Out On The Water Coast
15. Do The Weston

Show Notes: 

On this date, The Yardbirds performed their standard set then backed Sonny Boy Williamson. The show was recorded in it's entirety. There was a live rehearsal the previous evening in Croydon. 

The Yardbirds backed Sonny Boy Williamson on a series of 12 gigs between 7 December 1963 and 13 March 1964. The Yardbirds would play a solo set, followed by the set with the American blues musician. Their set with Sonny Boy Williamson on 28 February 1964 was also recorded and released. The Yardbirds solo set was not captured that night due to technical difficulties.

The Crawdaddy Club was founded by Giorgio Gomelsky, the first manager of The Rolling Stones and The Yardbirds. He operated two clubs under the name. The first, and better known, was located in Richmond-upon-Thames - first at The Station Hotel and later relocated to the Richmond Athletic Association when a larger space was needed. The second Crawdaddy Club was located at The Star Hotel in Croydon until April 1964. After that date, its name was changed to The Star Club.

Official Recording: 

Sonny Boy Williamson & The Yardbirds (Germany - 1965)
Sonny Boy Williamson & The Yardbirds (UK - Fontana 1966) - mono only
Sonny Boy Williamson & The Yardbirds (US - Mercury 1966) - mono and stereo
Shapes Of Things (Charly 1984) - LP
Train Kept A Rolling: The Complete Giorgio Gomelsky Recordings (Charly LIK 1993) - CD Box Set
Yardbirds Story 1963-1966 (Charly 2002) - 4 CD