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Topic: Brian Knight Memorial Gig next Thursday at the Half Moon Pub Return to archive
03-22-02 03:02 PM
CS Brian Knight, well-renowned R&B musician, died of cancer in December 2001, his friends including Carlo Little and Art Wood will make a memorial gig at the Half Moon Pub in London.



Thursday March 28 @ 8:00 - £8

Brian Knight, the influential vocalist, slide guitarist, harmonica player and founding member of The Rolling Stones
was one of the most respected and important figures in British blues history. Morning had barely dawned on the
sixties when Brian Knight met Brian Jones on West Londonís blues circuit. Jones revealed that he was forming a
band, proposed that Knight should sing. Geoff Bradford joined the line-up on guitar along with pianist Ian Stewart,
bassist Dick Taylor (later of The Pretty Things) and a succession of drummers. It was the beginning of The
Rolling Stones. Jones and Knight could not agree on which musical direction to take; Knight wanted to pursue
the Muddy Waters school of blues, while Brian Jones favoured Bo Didley and Chuck Berry styles. Brian Knight
left, and Mick Jagger and Keith Richards later teamed up with Brian Jones, and the rest is history. Brian Knight
formed a new band, Blues By Six with Charlie Watts on drums. They gained prestigious London residencies at
the Marquee and 100 Club, often supported by ďThe Rolliní Stones GroupĒ. In 1966, exhausted from being
constantly on tour (not to mention the odd bottle of whiskey) Brian Knight quit making music until the early 70ís.
Brian, itching to play again, was reunited with Geoff Bradford in a band simply called The Bradford/Knight Blues
Band. A high profile act on the blues circuit, they often welcomed Rick Wakeman and other assorted luminaries
onstage for impromptu lunacy! As a blues star, Brian continued to shine, and from the 70ís - 90ís he performed
with Fairport Conventionís Bruce Rowland, Ian Stewart (the sixth Stone), Charlie Watts, Peter Green, Dana
Gillespie, Paul Jones, Ronnie Lane, Georgie Fame, Zoot Money, Chris Farlowe, Mickey Moody - the list is
endless. Brian Knight sadly died last year, though he is remembered and celebrated as one of Britainís blues
legends. The memorial concert will feature performances from friends and fans of Brian, including:
Art Wood & Friends

To but tickets and get more information go here http://www.halfmoon.co.uk/gigs/brianknight.htm

Click here for the Guardian newspaper obituary: http://www.guardian.co.uk/Print/0,3858,4314354,00.html


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