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Updated SEPT 2013

Dr John at Bath.

    Dr John had the unfortunate honour of ending the festival in the gray dawn of the wet Monday  morning. As a consequence I doubt if anyone was still capable of recording his set. Of the two tapers I know , one had to leave to go to school the next day and the other did not record this set. However it was filmed - as you can see from our stills , the qaulity is good - syperb comared to the bodgy Pink Floyd footage that circulates.

   A giant drag. Is there anyone out there in taperdom who was brave enough to wait a couple of hours after The Byrds set to save this for posterity? 

An excellent photo of the Doc in the UK at the time of Bath can be seen here at Phil Franks photo archive, please respect Phil and don't rip off his work , ok !

The band comprised of two female  singers, keyboards, at  least one conga player , bass and drums . Plus of course the good DR hisself....

I saw Dr John’s set and I think it started around 6 am....I remember very well as soon as he started singing the rain started falling again.
It is so many years ago now, but he was definitely doing tunes from the Nightripper album, which would have meant Gris Gris and Walk on Gildered Splinters.

One fact I can add with utter conviction is that the two lady singers were Tami Lynn – famous N’awlins singer who had a hit with ‘I’m gonna run away from you’ and the even more known is Shirley Goodman of New Orleans duo Shirley and Lee who had many, many hits during the 50-60’s, including ‘Let the Good Times Roll’

Later in the 70’s Shirley came back with a big hit in both America and the U.K. as Shirley & Co ‘Shame Shame Shame’

Through the years I have spoken with both singers and they remember it well, mostly because of the time they had to appear.

Hope this helps,

Nick Sands

photos © Kenny Feuerman


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I remember Dr. John’s set being interrupted by a tannoy announcement for a Doctor needed urgently. The Doc walked off stage and had to be begged to come back, "No, not you Doc, you’re doing a brilliant job right here."

Dominic Boddington

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