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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 17 | volume III | October-November, 2000



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                     Peer-reviewed journal
Blesok no. 17October-November, 2000
Sound Reviews

Interview with Kim Simmonds

"I love music more than myself!"


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Vasja Ivanovski

1. At what age did you start to play guitar?
    I was 13 years old.

2. Do you come from a family with some tradition in music?
    No, I was the only musical one … although my mother loved to dance!

3. What were your first music experiences, what sort of music were you listening before starting career as a musician?
    I first heard 50's pop music… Johnny Ray, etc.Then Bill Haley and Elvis Presley. Then R&B and blues. I decided to play Chicago blues after hearing Earl Hooker and Muddy Waters.

4. Who turned you on to blues or was it sort of a natural thing to do for you?
    My older brother had all the records. I had a natural feel for the music.

5. Who were your earliest blues influences and how did you get in touch with that kind of music, was it radio, records, concerts…?
    My brother's record collection started me going. R&B was popular in the UK in the early sixties and the records were widely available.

6. Prior to form Savoy Brown, did you play in some other bands?
    Savoy Brown was my first band.

7. How did Savoy Brown happen?
    I met John O'Leary (harmonica player) who also loved the blues and that was the catalyst to start the band.

8. Was that so called “British Blues Boom” in mid 60's sort of a spontaneous reaction on the blues sounds coming from USA or it just coincided that British bands started to form about the same time?
    It wasn't so called … it was very real! It was all based on US records.

9. When you started Savoy Brown, what was your basic idea about the band, to follow the footsteps of the black blues performers or to try to mix that with your own concepts?
    Savoy Brown was the UK version of the Muddy Waters band! I just wanted to capture that magic. But I always added my own creative arrangements.
    10. Quite a number of singers came and left the band, who was your favourite one?
    Chris Youlden.

11. Period with Chris Youlden in Savoy Brown, for me, was the most successful in commercial and also in quality terms, would you agree?
    Not the most successful in commercial terms… but definitely the “Classic period” for me. The most success I ever had was with the “Hellbound Train” record in the 70's.

12. Was there any sort of “competition” among British bands at that time, were you friends with other bands?
    I was






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