Rhythm & Blues

Kingston upon Thames, Richmond, and Eel Pie Island were the hub for the Rhythm and Blues scene in the early 60s.

Giorgio Gomelsky was the manager of Eric Clapton and the Yardbirds, and he commissioned Clay to take photographs of the group. So Clay travelled North with them in a battered Ford Transit van, staying in cheap lodgings, in the time honoured way.

The photographs have recently been published in” Eric Clapton a Live History”, published by C Larsen & Sons in Denmark.

The photographs of Eric Burdon and The Animals were taken just as they achieved great fame with the recording of ‘The House Of The Rising Sun’, which, sadly was the end of their fame, due to internal issues. But the music lives on.

THE YARDBIRDS