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Watch Amazing Trio: Buddy Guy, Jack Bruce & Buddy Miles

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Imagine what might have happened if the great bluesman Buddy Guy had joined Cream, or Jimi Hendrix’s Band of Gypsys. Imagine no more — because here’s an extraordinary clip from 1969 of Guy performing his ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb’ and ‘My Time After Awhile’ live with Jack Bruce and Buddy Miles.

The footage comes from the Supershow documentary, which was directed by John Crome and dubbed “The Last Great Jam of the ’60s!” It was reportedly filmed in a disused factory in Staines, England over two days in March, 1969. Bruce had just left Cream at the time, while Miles, a founding member of Electric Flag, was appearing on their debut album A Long Time Comin’ and went on to play with Hendrix in Band of Gypsys.

Guy, for his part, had released the album A Man and the Blues the year before, his third studio LP and the set on which the super-funky ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb’ originated. The track was covered by the late Stevie Ray Vaughan on his first album, 1983’s Texas Flood.

This clip comes from the first day of filming, which also featured Led Zeppelin, jazz-blues saxophonist Dick Heckstall-Smith (seen here) and Chris Mercer of Juicy Lucy. Day two boasted an equally stellar line-up including Eric Clapton, Stephen Stills, Roland Kirk, Jon Hiseman’s Colosseum and Guy, Bruce and Miles again. A rumour has persisted over the years that Hendrix was due to appear on the documentary, but that he missed his flight.

The documentary had a limited London cinema release towards the end of 1969 and was issued on video by Virgin in 1986, but has largely fallen into obscurity again in recent years. Led Zeppelin’s performance of ‘Dazed and Confused’ from the sessions did surface again on the Led Zeppelin DVD compilation of 2003.

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9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. arvin petty

    February 24, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    Can you please share this video with those of us in u s a please

  2. fennecby

    February 24, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    Mary had a little lamb is actually horrible on the rhythm section front… Buddy and Jack – each to his own.

  3. Eric Clapton

    July 4, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    Imagine what might have happened if the great bluesman Buddy Guy had joined Cream? They would have died a death…this clip is excruciatingly bad…….

    • Gerhard Krösbacher

      September 5, 2017 at 8:22 pm

      eric Clapton is very right in his opinion!!!!

  4. Chas

    September 5, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    I don’t think that emperor is wearing any clothes! What a horrible racket!

  5. Bob

    September 28, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    Never rated Buddy Guy,thought he was awful.

  6. Henryk Kapera

    December 22, 2017 at 7:31 pm

  7. George Hendriks

    December 25, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    Some great stuff to be heard here. The when Buddy Guy would have joined Cream is not to be answered. Cream was a trio and can or could only be the cream with EC, GB and JB. Never think what if… but enjoy what is or what was. Thanks for remembering me I owe the Supershow documentary. Too much music and too little time ….

  8. Nick Ray

    January 12, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    The only person that could have possibly fitted into Cream, is IMHO Steve Winwood. Like to have seen Stevie, Jack n’ Eric doing three part harmonies. That Hammond sound of his would have been a great addition too, as well as that wonderful, Soulful voice.

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