Maggie Bell

Maggie Bell

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Coming On Strong - Wishing Well - As The Years Go Passing By - I Was In Chains - Suicide Sall - I Saw Him Standing There - The Preacher - Penicillin Blues - Soul Medley - The Ghetto - Aileem Mochree - Shout

MAGGIE BELL was born in Glasgow in 1945 and started her professional career at the city's Locarno Ballroom at the age of 17.  In 1969 she teamed up with guitarist Leslie Harvey and eventually formed the band named (by Peter Grant) Stone The Crows.

After Les was tragically electrocuted when sound checking at Swansea's Top Rank ballroom, Maggie and her friends were so devastated that they never really recovered, and the band split in 1973. Maggie then enlisted the help of veteran producer Jerry Wexler with whom she recorded two solo albums.

This fascinating Angel Air release documents Maggie's promotional tour of 1974 when she debuted songs which would feature on the 1975 album 'Suicide Sal'. At the time Maggie was riding on the crest of a wave professionally having been voted 'UK female vocalist of the year' for the fifth year running. The Rainbow gig comes from bassist Mo Foster's personal archive. Other musicians in Maggie's band are ace sessionist Pete Wingfield (keyboards), guitarist Brian Breeze and drummer Paul Francis.

This CD marks the 100th title from Angel Air and coincides with the label's fith anniversary. It is the first-ever 'live' album release from the 'Queen Of The Night' and the accompanying booklet features never-before-seen photos and informative sleeve notes from Mo Foster.

"Maggie Bell is still capable of putting out sufficient energy to fuel a sizeable area of North London during the next power cut"
Charles Shaar Murray's original review of the 1974 Rainbow gig.

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