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band photo with "Little Ed and the Blues Imperials".
Weld picked up Pookie James Young and Ed and during
the Winter months they braved the hawk and hung these
posters up and down Welles St. so they could make the
big money, $25.
Welds first real band, "Little Ed and the Blues
Imperials", which Dave, Ed and Pookie started using
a number of drummers, until they located Louie Henderson,
all of them shown here in thieir first band shot, with
Ed borrowing a tie from Dave for the session.
first professional band shot of Dave with Little Ed
and the Blues Imperials was shot behind Alligator Records
in the alley. Somone made the comment about a band
member having bugs and everyone cracked up!
||"Dave Weld and the
Imperial Flames" first gig and band shot, playing
at Sams Saloon on Belmont, in the room that was a speakeasy
during prohibition. Dave got drummer Louie, from Little
Ed and the Blues Imperials, bass, Mike Scharf, and
Harry Yaseen on piano. Harry studied under the great
legend, Art Hodes, and came to sit in one night and
played piano until his fingers bled.
second shot of the Flames was taken at Uncle Steves,
on Welles St., where John Belushi and second city crew
used to come in. Mike Scharf, Harry Yaseen, Dave and
the great Ted Harvey, who along with Brewer Phillips,
and Hound Dog Taylor help start Alligator Records.
Ted was in the band about four years.
||The third band shot was
in front of a club on Fullerton, and featured Dave,
Mike Scharf, Donny Nichilo, piano, harp, Vernon Rodgers,
Drums. Donny had just finished four years with Buddy
Guy, and spent four years with the Flames, and then
went on to work with the Mighty Blue Kings, Floyd McDaniels,
and many others. He resides in Brazil with his wife
and Child. Vernon was with the band four years and
was a regular on Chicago's blues circuit, with Phil
Guy, his wife Gloria Thompson, and many others.
||This fourth band shot was
taken at Blues Ect. on Belmont, and featured Dave,
Vernon Rodgers, Herman Applewhite, and Jasper Buchanan.
Herman, from Clarksdale MS was the original bass man
for the Buddy Guy/Junior Well band that toured the
world in the late 60's, early 70's, and he also worked
with Koko Taylor, Eddy Clearwater, Fenton Robinson,
and many others. Jasper is from Tchula MS, plays piano
and sings, and worked with OV Wright, and leads his
own band out of Millwaukee WI.
||This fifth picture of the
imperial flames features Dave, Bernard Reed, bass,
Daryl Mahon, drums and Leio Davis, keys. Bernard has
the most extensive history and ranks as a historical
figure in Chicago Soul. During the 70's he was studio
staff for Brunswick records and toured, recorded with
Tyrone Davis, Ramsey Lewis, Percy Mayfield, Howlin
Wolf, Little Milton, Jackie Wilson, Lou Rawls, Otis
Clay, Little Richard, so many others. Darryl was with
Mighty Joe Young and on the Chicago Blues circuit.
Leo Davis was with Mighty Joe Young, James Cotton,
Eddy Clearwater, many more, and was with the band about
||Little Ed and Dave always
stayed close and Ed joined the band replacing Leo Davis.
Ed had joined the band previously for two years during
which they recorded Daves first CD "Roughrockin
This time they recorde for Earwig Music, "Keep
on Walkin'" and this was a promo shot for the
Little Ed and Dave did many duo gigs together to fill
in dates and they had lots of fun, and used this duo
shot to get work! Ed played the kick drum and they
did songs that they would eventually use with the band
||This sixth band picture
was taken at Chicago's House
of Blues, and features Bernard Reed, Jeff Taylor, Abb
Locke, and Dave. Abb Locke may be the most legendary
of them all, having played and recorded with Muddy
Waters, Howling Wolf, Willie Mabon, Buddy Guy, Magic
Sam, Otis Rush, Elmore James, Earl Hooker, The Rolling
Stones, and many more. He is featured in Howling Wolf's
biography and has his own book, which will be coming
out, about his life in Chicago Blues, and he has a
CD with great original songs, "Big City Blues"
Abb Locke, Jeff Taylor, Monica Garcia, Dave Kaye, Dave Weld
member Abb Locke is one of the most legendary saxmen
of the blues, and has recorded and worked with Buddy
Guy (see the Chess box set), Willie Mabon. Earl Hooker,
Albert Collins (they played Carnegie Hall), Koko Taylor,
Magic Sam, Eddie Clearwater, Lonnie Brooks, Muddy Waters,
Elmore James, Howlin Wolf (three or four years in the
band and Abb is featured in Wolf's new biography),
the Rolling Stones, and many more.
band member Jeft Taylor is well known and
well respected. Born in 1960, he came out singin'.
At 11 he joined the "Little
Angels" group to sing and after that he sang and
played drums for Top Hat, who vouched for Jeff to get
him into clubs to work at that young age, and they
worked the South and West side of Chicago, and had
a standing job at The Sabre Room, where Jeff met and
played with Dizzy Gilespie, Cab Caloway, Frank Sinatra,
Dean Martin, Count Basie and Tony Bennet. He then freelanced
strating with Smilin Bobby, Tyrone Davis, the Dells,
the Chilites, Lonnie Brooks, AC Reed, Eddy Clearwater,
Artie White, Junior Wells, and more. Jef and Dave do
a duo where Jeff sings the bass lines so they can sound
like a three piece band. He was with the band for four
years then joined the Rythm and Blues Kings for three,
then back with Dave for six years.
band member Herman Applewhite, who subs with Bernard
Reed, has been with the band four years this time,
and four years the time before, and has worked with
Chicago's finest bluesmen, and lives on 71st St on
band member Monica Myhre learned to sing as
a child performer in the Hidalgo Club in Rockford,
IL from eight years of age through her teens, backing
up stars from Mexico, and local singers. Her family
training led her to numerous bands since, including
Art Attack which won a Rami in Rockford, and gave her
a chance to sing the blues she loved.
Dave Weld and the Imperial Flames for four years, she
sings originals, "Listen to Mama" or classic
blues, and lends a hand with the harmony, all the while
playing tamborine and looking beautiful because she
is putting her heart into the music.
|Since 1988, "Dave
Weld and the Imperial Flames" have continuously
toured and performed in Europe, Canada, Japan and the
Caribbean, and throughout the United States, North,
South, East and West. Their last CD, "Keep on
Walkin'", on Earwig Music, reached number four
on the Living Blues radio stations play list. Their
last two vans had well over two hundred thousand miles
logged on, and we will try to give an idea of the breadth,
depth, and impact they achieved by listing countries,
states and major festivals (x demote how many times
at that festival).
Canada (British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec), Japan (Tokyo, Nagpya, Kyoto,
Osaka), France, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Holland, Caribbean
(St. Thomas, St. Croix, SS Norway), England.
Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee,
Indiana, Kentucky, Georgia, Florida, Ohio, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania,
Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New York, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Wisconsin,
Maryport Blues Festival, UK, Chicago Blues Fest (x3), Taste of Chicago (x5),
Edison Park (x4), Bayfest, Greenbay WI (x2), Milwaukee Summerfest (x4), Dodgeville
WI (x3), Mississippi Valley Blues, Birmingham Blues Fest, Rockford Waterfront,
Toledo River, Beloit Riverfront, Galesburg IL, South Skunk, Newton IA, Grand
Rapids MI, Notre Dame U (x2), Winnepeg, Edmunton, Montreal Jazz Fest, Three Rivers
Blues Fest, Montmarte Blues Fest Quebec, Illinois State Fair (x2), Taste of Champaign,
St Market Days (x4), St Croix Fest, Ecaussines Spring Belgium, Fest Int. de Cerdanyola
Spain, Finnish Blues Fest, Jazz and Blues Stockhol Sweden, Keokuck IA, Navy Pier
Chicago, Lille Blues France, World Cup Soldier Field Chicago.