By 1961 the Berlin Wall had separated the two parts of
Germany for more than 28 years. The Chris Barber Band toured
regularly in the eastern part of Germany, mainly in East
Berlin. The concerts there were held at the
Peter Kazubski has sent us the
original concert flyer and - despite the fact that the flyer
is written in German - we present it here.
We have to add three remarks
to that concert flyer:
Of course, John Slaughter did not play the drums, but the blues
Instead of Dick Smith, Micky Ashman played the bass.
Graham Burbidge, the regular drummer at the
time, had injured his hand a few days before the concert
in East Berlin and could not play. Someone recommended
the Dutch Swing College Band drummer Lu Ssanet and he
did a good job, not having played with the Chris Barber
Band ever before.
This concert was recorded in 1965
by East German Television. Last year (2009), the German TV stations
Bayern and Südwestfunk transmitted this concert on the
occasion of Chris Barber's 80th birthday.
Here is a
short excerpt ("It's A Highway To Heaven" and "Yellow Dog