The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

23 July 2005

Long John and sweet Gene

Eugene Record was the founder and leader of the Chi-Lites, formed in 1959 in Chicago (hence the name), who had two of the loveliest hit records of the early-Seventies soul boom: "Oh Girl" and "Have You Seen Her".

Long John Baldry was one of the founders of British R&B-influenced rock and roll, playing with seemingly everyone in the late Fifties and early to middle Sixties, including Rod Stewart (in Steampacket) and Reg Dwight (in Bluesology; Dwight would later rename himself in honor of Baldry and bandmate Elton Dean).

Nothing in common, other than that they both died yesterday at 64, and that they will be missed.

Posted at 9:30 AM to Tongue and Groove