Chris Barber was very influential in the early days of the British Blues movement as well as being an extremely competent jazz man. Years ago the band had a superb jazz and blues singer – Ottilie Patterson who did excellent covers of blues standards, occasionally in duet with blues and gospel singers such as Sister Rosetta Tharpe.
Chris Barber had a hit with an instrumental that was played at R ‘n B and Soul clubs in the early 60’s – not sure what it was called. I first saw them live at the Lancaster Club AVRO’s Christmas dance 1962/3.
Ottilie Patterson discography:
Pye 7N151091957 Kay-Cee Rider/ I Love You Baby
Pye 7NJ20151958 Jailhouse Blues/ Beale Street Blues
Pye 7NJ20251958 Trombone Cholly/ Lawdy Lawdy Blues
Columbia DB47601962 I’m Crazy ‘Bout My Baby/ Blueberry Hill
Columbia DB71401963 Jealous Heart/ Won’t Be Long
Columbia DB72081963 Baby Please Don’t Go/ I Feel So Good
Columbia DB7332 1964 O Me, What Eyes Hath Love/ Tell Me Where
Marmalade 598016 1969 Spring Song/ Sound Of The Door As It Closes
CHRIS BARBER’S JAZZ BAND ECHOES OF HARLEM/SONNY, BROWNIE & CHRIS*
Lake LACD87 1997 18 tracks, 59 min
Doin’ the Crazy walk, Baby, Magnolia’s Wedding, Dixie Cinderella, New St. Louis Blues, Here Comes My Blackbird, Can’t We Get Together, I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, Sweet Savannah Sue, Porgy, Diga Diga Doo, Custard Pie*, Betty & Dupree*, This Little Light of Mine*, Key to the Highway*, If I Could Only Hear My Mother Pray Again*, No Worries On My Mind*, Glory*
Wikipedia: Chris Barber