April 2, 2015 – 5:15 am

KIM SIMMONDS R.I.P. 1947 - 2022

Kim Simmonds, leader of the last post-Beatles wave of British blues bands with Savoy Brown, has died at the age of 75, the band announced.  Simmonds passed away on December 13, the band announced on Facebook. The group had been together for more than 55 years. Simmonds had been battling stage 4 signet cell colon cancer, a very rare form that accounts for no more than 1 per cent of cases. Savoy Brown was in the late ’60s British Invasion blues rock surge.

Mixing originals with American blues standards, the band was a rotating cast of musicians, with Simmonds at its core. The group’s albums of note included Hellbound Train, Street Corner Talking and Going to the Delta. The band’s song “Hellbound Train” has over 10 million plays on Spotify. “I’m Tired – Where Am I” and “Tell Mama” both have over two million plays. In its heyday, Savoy Brown played Carnegie Hall, the Fillmore East, the Fillmore West, and London’s Royal Albert Hall. Kiss, ZZ Top and The Doobie Brothers opened for the band’s national tours at times. He was inducted into the Hollywood Rockwalk in 1998. -

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Seattle 1972 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Paramount Northwest Theater, Seattle, WA; March 10, 1972. Very good FM broadcast.

Part of the late 1960s blues rock movement, the British Savoy Brown primarily achieved success in the United States, where they promoted their albums with non-stop touring. When Fleetwood Mac played in Seattle on March 10, 1972, the other acts on the billboard were Long John Baldry and Savoy Brown. Take this as a companion to the Fleetwood Mac show (click here).

This radio recording was made about a month after the release of Hellbound Train, an album that got to the US Top 40 chart.

Thanks to AtticRock for sharing the tracks on the net.

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Track 01. Going Down 6:16 (10.5MB)
Track 02. Let It Rock 6:05 (10.2MB)
Track 03. Hellbound Train 10:46 (18.1MB)
Track 04. Tell Mama 9:16 (15.6MB)
Track 05. All I Can Do 13:15 (22.3MB)
Track 06. Shake It Baby (Hip Shake) 12:39 (21.3MB)
Track 07. Wang Dang Doodle 7:50 (13.2MB)
67 mins

Lineup (this was the 9th incarnation of Savoy Brown):
Kim Simmonds - lead guitar
Paul Raymond -  keyboards, guitar
Andy Sylvester - bass
Dave Bidwell - drums
Dave Walker - vocals

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  1. 9 Responses to “SAVOY BROWN - SEATTLE 1972 [KIM SIMMONDS R.I.P. 1947 - 2022]”

  2. we`re on a roll! thanks.Saw Kim Simmonds last year and he`s still out there rockin` !

    By sluggo on Apr 2, 2015

  3. Yeah Sluggo, I’ve also seen him in recent times (I think he lives in NY) and he can still play! This version of Savoy Brown, post Chris Youlden was really fantastic live.

    By Hudson Valley Slim on Apr 2, 2015

  4. Just listen to “Raw Sienna” need I say more. Never got the air time it deserved unless you listened to Underground/College stations. One band would have love to seen and heard. When I put Savoy on it was always Full Volume!

    By popac on Apr 2, 2015


    By dropkick sarge on Apr 3, 2015

  6. When I worked in radio years ago, Savoy Brown was a much-requested band. Thanks for this!

    By Mr. Jimmy on Apr 4, 2015

  7. way to go, bigO! thanks for this, and a whole bunch interesting posts!

    By bing bongong on Apr 6, 2015

  8. Great Posting! Thank you very much!

    By datdemdar on Apr 9, 2015

  9. I was 15 riding with my 17-year-old friend, Gary, in downtown Seattle about 5 or 6 p.m on March 10, 1972. When we drove past the Paramount Northwest and saw that Fleetwood Mac, Savoy Brown, and John Bauldry were playing, he pulled into a parking lot. We looked up at the top of the building and noticed the door at the top of the fire escape was open, so we climbed to the top and walked in. One of my best childhood memories.

    By Don on Feb 24, 2017

  10. Hi,

    Links down, can you help me with this nice album?

    Regards and thanks in advance.


    By LUISSUNSET on Jul 31, 2020

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