Downliners Sect at The Night Owl
The Night Owl, Lower Trinity Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B9 4AG
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Saturday 5th March 2022
Downliners Sect + Steve Ajao Blues Giants LIVE at The Night Owl
"We were quite influenced by the Downliners Sect"
"The first British R&B I heard was the Downliners Sect. I heard the Pretty Things later but the Downliners Sect were IT"
Contemporaries of The Rolling Stones and The Yardbirds, the Downliners Sect was formed by deerstalker-hatted rhythm guitarist Don Craine in the spring of 1963. Their brash and exciting brand of R&B soon gained them a residency at London's Studio 51 club where they recorded their first E.P. At Nite in Great Newport Street, now a rare collectors' item. A version of Jimmy Reed's Baby What's Wrong became the unit's first single for EMI Records and entered the charts in its first week of release. This was followed by Little Egypt which brought international interest and took the band into the Swedish top 10.
The group went on to record many classic R&B singles as well as three albums, The Sect, The Country Sect and The Rock Sects In which is notable for the inclusion of Why Don't You Smile Now which was part-composed by Lou Reed and John Cale prior to their founding of The Velvet Underground. A ghoulish E.P. The Sect Sing Sick Songs also gained them much notoriety and a blanket radio ban. After the release of the Graham Gouldman penned Cost of Living, a final one-off Pye single I Can't Get Away From You was released before the group disbanded.
Steve Ajao Blues Giants
'There is always a good feel to any Blues Giants gigs, plenty of cheesy humour and classic Blues, played with a sparkle in the eye, enjoyable fun sessions are mandatory' - Blues In Britain magazine, Nov 2014
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