Music - A lifetime of Blues
PUBLISHED: 12:17 13 January 2006 | UPDATED: 13:21 28 May 2010
PETERBOROUGH-born Lloyd Watson has been lined up for the Rock and Blues Club at Elme Hall Hotel, Wisbech, for next Sunday (4pm). The Lloyd Watson band is a well renowned blues band but Lloyd earned his reputation through his consistency and history of per
PETERBOROUGH-born Lloyd Watson has been lined up for the Rock and Blues Club at Elme Hall Hotel, Wisbech, for next Sunday (4pm).The Lloyd Watson band is a well renowned blues band but Lloyd earned his reputation through his consistency and history of performances both in the UK and abroad since the 60s.Born to a Jamaican father and English mother his early influences covered the whole spectrum of both black and white music. From an early age he showed a musical talent, initially for the piano, and spent five years taking lessons and entertaining his family. With the rise to prominence of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, Lloyd asked for a guitar as a Christmas present and his father bought him an acoustic model. A few months later, while walking around Leicester market he asked his mother if she would buy him a Robert Johnson LP which he had seen on a second-hand record stall. The combination of these two events pointed to the road he still travels today.In 1972 he won the solo category of the coveted Melody Maker Folk/Rock competition and two days later appeared on the BBC's Old Grey Whistle Test. He went on to open shows for David Bowie and did two British tours, one supporting King Crimson and the other for Roxy Music. A European tour for Roxy Music then followed; asked by Eno to play on 'Here Come The Warm Jets', he then played most guitar parts for Roxy Music's sax player Andy Mackay's solo album 'In Search of Eddie Riff'. The Roxy Music connection continued when Lloyd joined the Phil Manzanera spin-off group called 801. The group was a short-lived experiment with only three dates and one album '801 Live', available on the Virgin label.Lloyd continues to play nationwide on his very own never-ending tour.