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Jim and Corky
This looks like 1965 before we played our first gig together.
1965 Walking into Peppers
Jim and I just walked into Peppers on afternoon. I didn’t know anything about this place. I had drums under my piano and Jim and I had learned a few tunes as a two-man band and asked to play. Johnny Pepper had us set up right on the floor and play to the women’s crowd that came in a bit later. He hired us on the spot to play from 9pm till 4am every Thursday night. Photo use granted by the Chicago History Museum. See next photo.
1965 Inside Peppers
Every Thursday Jim and I were the house band at Peppers. We had a different rhythm section every night. Wolf, Muddy, Willie, Walter, Otis … all the blues masters sat in with us night after night. They took us under their wing as we learned to play the blues. As Barry Goldberg explains, this was a love story. The little white kids showed up to an all black neighborhood to learn at the feet of the masters. They showed their love toward these great genius icons. The blues men loved the love coming from us and they returned the love in profound fashion. This photo is actually one year before our adventures and the original photo there is part of a head with light colored hair in the audience. That was Charlie Musslewhite. At this point in time Jim and I didn’t have a name for our band. We just played. Photo permission of the Chicago History Museum.
March 30, 1966 - This was our first gig after Pepper’s Lounge on Chicago’s south side at 43rd in Vincennes, where Jim and I were the house band on Thursday nights (9pm till 4 am). Johnny Pepper hired the rhythm section each time. Now Jos Davidson on bass and Russ Chadwick joined us to make our permanent band. We still hadn’t called it Siegel-Schwall until Vanguard Records signed us later on.
SIEGEL'S WALL BAND
First Band - not named yet. Probably March of 1966 on the same block as Big Johns, maybe behind 2nd City. From left: Jos Davidson (bass), Corky Jim, Russ Chadwick drums) Jos played with Steve Miller before he join Jim and I and Russ. - Photo by Todd
Left: Corky, Right: Russ Chadwick, back left: Jos Davidson, Right Back: Jim - photo by Todd - 1966.
January 1967 - back stage Cafe Au go go
Early Siegel-Schwall band with Howlin Wolf. From left: Jack Meyers (bass player for Jr. Wells and Buddy Guy on their iconic Hoodo Man recording), Jim Schwall, Wolf, Corky, Russ Chadwick (drums). Yes that’s me sitting on Wolf’s knee. Looks like I just swallowed a harmonica.
Here’s more photos from that shoot with Siegel-Schwall (Getty Images are charging a fortune for these vintage photo but at least you can take a look.