By that time Bloomfield had put together an ad-hoc band, “The Group,” and was working at Magoo’s and Big John’s.
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A version also appeared in High Times magazine with illustrations by Robert Crumb. "So Many Roads" was released by Vanguard in 1965 but was probably recorded in the summer of 1964.
Bloomfield may have been visiting New York City at the time with his then-sidekick Charlie Musselwhite, sitting in at various folk clubs.
Hammond was so impressed with the guitarist that he wanted to hear him in person.
During contract negotiations, Hammond suffered a heart attack and was unable to come to Chicago until December 1964.
High schoolers would organize beer parties at this abandoned venue – also called the "Ruins" – and Bloomfield and his friends would provide the music. It’s listed here as an example of the sort of musical company he was keeping in his early years.
This is only one of numerous sessions that Bloomfield is reported to have taken part in as a teenager on the south side of Chicago.
Chicago, IL; 1962 or 1963San Francisco Bay Blues Balkan CD-1007Swing Down Chariot I Can’t Get ‘Nuff Your Love (MB, v, hca)The Monkey and the Engineer This recording was discovered by Peggy Mc Vickar in February 2007.
Discographer René Aagaard believes it to be from an audition tape, made probably in 1962 or ’63.
On the night of the day President Kennedy was assassinated, Melford recalled they were on stage at the Fickle Pickle.
They also had a booking agent who got them gigs around the Midwest.
AFTER PLAYING electric guitar for most of his teen years, in 1961 Bloomfield concentrates almost exclusively on acoustic technique, learning a variety of folk blues, bluegrass and country styles.