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BBC Radio Sessions

 

PATTO Time to Die
Pop Deux [French TV] 1971

 

PATTO Money Bag
Pop Deux [French TV] 1971

PATTO Interview
Pop Deux [French TV] 1971

 

PATTO San Antone
Beat Club [German TV] 1971

 

PATTO Give it All Away
1971


PATTO interviewed
in Australia during their
1972 tour with Joe Coccker


 

 

Patto

Clive Griffiths bass vocals
Ollie Halsall guitar vibes keys vocals
Mike Patto vocals piano
John Halsey drums vocals

 

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Australian tour poster
Thanks to Vezetek

"I went to see Joe Cocker on the opening night of his stint at the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney. The Hordern is a huge hall in the Royal Agricultural Showgrounds in Sydney. At that time it had been fitted with a flat seating arrangement and a raised stage to cater for touring rock bands like Cockers. I lived in a share house in Surry Hills which is across Moore Park from the Showgrounds and I saw a lot of shows at the Hordern.

"Patto was the support for Cocker and his entourage. I knew little about them even though I was an avid reader of NME and other industry rags. I had read that Ollie Halsall was a hot guitarist but that was all I knew. I was, and still am, a huge Cocker fan so I was really looking forward to seeing him after following him from the intial hit of 'With a Little Help from My Friends' and on through the albums and the Woodstock and Mad Dog films. Patto were a revelation. A solid rocking act. The only song I really remember is "Singing the Blues on Reds" but I was amazed by Ollie Halsall's solos.

"Tanyrate, Cocker and entourage come on stage and start up. Somewhere along the line they had lost Bobby Keys and Jim Price so they were short handed compared to the advertising but we didn't care. Cocker was in fine form, out of his head but so was most of the audience. Two or three songs into the set, Ollie wanders onstage looking a bit lost. I think there was an on stage announcement by Cocker as to the circumstances but it was forty years ago and the memory is hazy. What I do remember is Ollie and the other guitarist standing nose to nose with the guitarist yelling out the chords till Ollie got the tune. Ollie gained confidence as the show went on and started to unleash on a couple of the solos that just made time stand still. I'm no musician but I knew I was listening to some one really special. Then they started on "The Letter" and the band wound into this one with a big powerhouse sound. Cocker wailed, the chorus was a surge and Ollie played a solo. A solo that had the entire band agog trying to figure out where he was going and how he was going to resolve. The band was watching him intently, with the piano player hanging off his stool. As Ollie swept into the climax he turned his back and pulled out some piece of utter magic. The piano player nearly fell off his stool, the band roared on, Cocker laughed and launched into the wind up.

"I've seen a lot of acts now but that night does stick in the memory."

George Millwood 2012

 

Western Springs, New Zealand 1972
© Lloyd Goodman

 

Western Springs, New Zealand 1972
© Lloyd Goodman

Note: Although Ollie's 'Beatnik' beard dates this photo correctly, he has the same jacket he wore onstage with Boxer some 4 years later. Maybe he picked it up in there!

 

Rather disturbing photo of Joe Cocker under arrest in Melbourne during the tour. Thanks to Buda. [The picture that is, not the arrest!]

 

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I was getting a ride down the M1 in the tranny after a Sheffield gig. Barnabas says, "cop car behind us, open the windows lads" Windows duly rolled down to let out most of the smoke. "He's put his lights on...pulling us over." Patto leaned forward and jettisoned the stash into space. Duly pulled over, cop asks all the usual questions while we all tried not to breathe. "Did I see you throw something out of the window?" he asks. "Just getting rid of a used condom, officer" Patto replies. "Don't hold with them, myself," the cop says, "It's like eating chocolate with the silver paper on>" "Off you go boys...behave yourselves." PS Lacking cruise control in the wagon, Barny used to put a concrete block on the gas pedal for motorway trips.

David Baxendell

 

The Heath Piper

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In 1996, Patto saxophonist Dave Brooks was fined for playing his bagpipes on Hampstead Heath.

The actual prosecution, brought by the Corporation Of London, was for playing a musical instrument on Hampstead Heath.
The case provided some humour as it was stated in court that one, Jimmy Reid, had been hanged in 1746, after the Battle of Culloden, for "playing an instrument of war and insurrection"

Dave's solicitor maintained that, as his pipes were thus an instrument of war and insurrection", they could not be classified!ed as a musical instrument.

The judge, seeing the humorous side of the case, threatened to have Dave Brooks charged with "bearing arms on Hampstead Heath and asked the bailiff of the court if he was "ready to take Dave Brooks, Highland bagpiper, to the cells below the court never more for his bagpipes to be heard.

In summing up, the Judge maintained that the original hanging of Jimmy Reid had been 'a gross miscarriage of justice' and that the bagpipes are a musical instrument in peace time.

Dave Brooks was found guilty on "three counts of playing a musical instrument" i.e. the bagpipes and fined £15 on each count a total of £45 plus £50 costs, despite a 1500 signatures petition by Hampstead people.

The Corporation of London as a token gesture gave consent for Mr. Brooks to play his bagpipes for one hour, three mornings a week on the bandstand at Parliament Hilt fields, which to this day he still does.


Thanks to Joerg Reinicke


 

 

"Qu'est ce que 'fag' en Français?Patto

45 years ago today the Patto's (a novelty music act) set off for a one-off gig in Belgium, it paid decent money so we were sent. We thought Belgium was about the size of Rutland but it wasn't on this day. After getting to Dover, the boat ride, customs and the carnet (probably spelt wrong), Patto getting arrested for saying 'what's fag in French' that they thought was 'fuckin' French' when he was begging them for a ciggy, we started driving.

We eventually found the large town that we knew was near the place we were looking for and we never found it. We asked people on the street, we flagged down other vehicles, went to a police station and time was going on. Time passed until we knew it was too late, hours had gone by and we had blown it.

We pooled our cash and found a chippy caravan and bought chips with mayonnaise a filthy habit I think invented by the Belgys themselves. Two blokes turned up for chips and double mayonnaise (obviously Belgian) and they were talking about the non-appearance of Patto at the town carnival they had just left.

This was translated by the roadies who could speak French, German, Servo Croat and Icelandic while we all stood around like numpties with no linguistic skills at all. ( The roadies had degrees and we had one GCE between us).

We followed them to where the gig was, but too late. The stage in the town square was being packed away and when they learned who we were made piss off you tossers arm movements. We had no money for somewhere to stay, no petrol and no money for grub and we were in Belgium.

The mayor of this place loaned us some lolly, he must have been very trusting because I'm buggered if I would. The next day we made it back to blighty and travelled to a college gig in south London where we supported Steely Span, and we went down like a lead balloon.

I am now getting close to the reason I'm writing all this clap-trap so be patient. When I left home my wife Elaine still had two weeks before the predicted date of the birth of our second child. Clive (the bass) phoned his missus and she told him the baby had been born, so after all that little Matthew had arrived in my absence"

- John Halsey, May 2017

Patto

Clive Griffiths bass vocals
Ollie Halsall guitar vibes keys vocals
Mike Patto vocals
John Halsey drums

 

 

 

 

Sounds of The 70's - Alan Black
Recording 11 March 1970
Broadcast 17 April 1970

Hanging Rope

Beat the Drum

Government Man

Red Glow


Mike Harding - Sounds of the Seventies
Recording 27 March 1970
Broadcast 12 May 1970

Time To Die

Hold Me Back

Hanging Rope


Sounds of The 70's - Mike Harding
Recording 3 November 1970
Broadcast 10 November 1970

Government Man

Hard Life

Love Me

Two of these tracks later appeared on a transcription disc probably produced for the BBC World Service:

'Top of The Pops' - Brian Matthew

Government Man

Love Me

Tracks inckuded in the 2017 reissue of the album Patto


Live In Concert - John Peel
Recording 4 March 1971
Broadcast 14 & 17 March 1971

Sounds of the 70s - John Peel
Repeat 17 March 1971

San Antone

Government Man

Beat The Drum

Sitting Back Easy

So Cold

+ Bernie Holland: Guitar

BBC transcription disc. Excellent quality apart from surface noise
Courtesy of Saturo Yonemoto

Tracks included in the 2017 rematser of the album Hold Your Fire

Sounds of The 70's - Bob Harris
Recording 30 March 1971
Broadcast 5 April 1971


Alright [Love Me]

Money Bag

The Man


Sounds of the 70's - Mike Harding
Recording 28 June1971
Broadcast 6 July 1971

Give It All Away

You, You Point Your Finger

Air Raid Shelter

Tracks included in the 2017 rematser of the album Hold Your Fire


Sounds of the 70's - Bob Harris
Recording 24 January 1973
Broadcast 5 February 1973 + 16 May 1973

Flat Footed Woman

General Custer

Singing the Blues on Reds

+ Dave Brooks: Sax

Tracks included in the 2017 remaster of the album Roll 'Em Smoke' Em Put Another Line Out

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Sounds of the 70's - John Peel
Recording 12 February 1973
Broadcast 27 February 1973

San Antone

Holy Toledo

Loud Green Song

+ Dave Brooks: Sax
+ John Peel [!?]: Harmonica on San Antone

Tracks included in the 2017 remaster of the album Monkey's Bum

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As far as can be established, although they made one appearance on BBC2 TV's 'Disco 2', in March 1971, Patto never made The Old Grey Whistle Test. Apparently, Patto were effectively banned from the BBC for the whole of 1972 - the pinnacle of their career - for missing a scheduled recording session for the "Sounds of the Seventies" program in October of 1971.

According to an article in a December issue of Timeout, Ollie took over for Bob Fripp in Centipede just days before their gig at The

Royal Albert Hall. Patto couldn't do the BBC session, because it was the only possible date for Ollie to rehearse with Centipede before playing the Royal Albert Hall.

The BBC ban on Patto was lifted early in 1973. One can only imagine how differently things might have panned out had they have been showcased by that most prestigious of shows.

Thanks to Ken Thornton for this information

The Compleat Patto BBC Appearances

Patto
Live concert recordings

Live in Munich
17 April 1971

San Antone

Air-Raid Shelter

Beat The Drum

How's Your Father

The Man

Big Hunk O'Love

LISTEN

Best recording from these unreleased European shows, but that's not saying much. Hard work ;)


Piper 2000, Viarreggio, Italy
July 1972

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Hold Me Back

Flat Footed Woman

Time to Die

The Man

Big Hunk of Love

Route 66

LISTEN

Recording coutesy of Francesco Malfatti

Piper 2000 story

Photo: Thanks to Joerg Reinicke


Stockholm
Kungliga Tennishallen (The Royal Tennis Court), February 1972

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Hold Your Fire

Shakin All Over

San Antone

Stairway of Love

Don't Start Me Talkin

You, You Point Your Finger

Big Hunk of Love

LISTEN

Thanks to Anders Ohman and Erik Amkoff for this remarkable recording from a tour supporting Ten Years After - Alvin Lee had the unenviable task of trying to follow this every night!. The guitar on Big Hunk of Love is possible the finest example we have of Ollie's playing.

Stockholm

Ten Years After tour poster 1972

Alvin Lee and Ten Years After did a tour of Scandinavia with us supporting. On the first night we played an absolute stormer and not one person applauded. Not one! Then Ten Years After came on, they hadn't played for six months. Ric the drummer was so rusty it was unbelievable. It was like Sweep playing the drums with Sooty on the Magic Organ

And the audience went crazy. It made me wonder what it was all about.. certainly not about going on and playing well. Anyway, Alvin couldn't believe Ollie. He'd never heard him before, and he absolutely flipped. So he got a Revox and recorded every single Patto gig on the tour. Alvin even used to travel from gig to gig in our van., He just wanted to be with Ollie

- John Halsey . . . more


Oberrheinhalle, Offenburg 1971

Stairway of Love

Hold Your Fire

You You Point Your Finger

Shakin' All Over

Route 66

The Man

San Antone

Sittin' Back Easy

LISTEN

Newly discovered version of a concert recording previously thought to been made in Italy, The overall sound on this one is still quite poor but Ollie's guitar is distinct and quite stunning in places. Many thanks to David Osbiston for supplying this vastly improved addition to the Archive, and to Marc Bouhier for identifying the venue [probably!].


The Wake Arms
Epping, Essex 13 February 1972

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San Antone

Hold Your Fire

Shakin All Over

Tell Me Where Yo've Been

You You Point Your Finger

Route 66

Give It All Away

Lonely Nights

Little Jimmy Brown

Unknown

Big Hunk of Love

Stairway of Love

Fair quality live recording - you can actually hear the bass! Rare outing for The Admiral's unique renderings of 50's 'doo wop' classics. Totally manic guitar on Hold Your Fire and an extraordinary, unidentified 25 minute [!] composition with Mike on piano.


Can You Hear Me Johann?
Live in West Berlin
3 March 1972

Hold Your Fire

San Antone

Tell Me Where You've Been

Don't Start Me Talking

Route 66

Unknown?

Sittin' Back Easy

Big Hunk o' Love

LISTEN

Entitled after Mike's impassioned cry to the roadie during the opening track. Dreadful sound quality. Virtually unlistenable. Halsey notably acknowledges the audience's 'appreciation' with the epilogue "Thank you and goodnight you miserable load of bastards, thank you!


Live in Germany
Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Ludwigshafen, 8 March 1972

Hold Your Fire

Tell Me Where You've Been

You, You Point Your Finger

Route 66

Shakin' All Over

Stairway of Love

Walk Don't Run

San Antone

Johnny Reggae [!]

Sittin' Back Easy

Dreadful sound quality. Virtually unlistenable

Perhaps the best illustration of the excitement they generated in concert occurred some two years after they had split up. On a Friday [Actually, Sunday 6 July- Ed.] night in July 1975. at the Torrington in Finchley (one of Patto's regular gigs and the scene of their farewell show two years earlier), the four original members played a one-off benefit for the family of one of their old roadies, who'd been killed on a trip to India. The queue stretched round the block, literally hundreds were locked out, and inside Patto were playing like they'd never been away."

Nick Saloman, Timebox and Patto, Record Collector magazine, August 1990

 

Sit of The Torrington

This is what the historic music venue, The Torrington, North Finchley, has been reduced to. Starbucks. Obviously necessary, because it's such a long way to Costa. ;)

The Torrington

Warts and All

Admiral Halsey

The Mucky Duck

Arkarma Chameleons

Traveling Show Part II

Hollywood Bowl photographs

Blue Traff

Shindig article

This Wonderful Life

Wilco's Nels Cline & Jeff Tweedy

The Torrington
London, 9 April 1972

Intro [Soley Soley]

Move It

Hold Your Fire

Maud, I'm Bored

Little Jimmy Brown

Lonely Nights

Rebel Rouser

Oh Carol

Tell Me Where You've Been

You, You Point Your Finger

Money Honey

Walk Don't Run

Big Hunk of Love

San Antone

LISTEN

+ Gary Windo [sax]

Essential listening because it is one of the few remaining complete performances and includes much of the sheer lunacy that was Patto. Appalling quality recording via [John Halsey's] portable cassette recorder, but somehow it works.

The Torrington


Kings Cross
Scala Cinema 24 June 1972

Intro

Don't You Rock Me, Daddio

John Henry

All I Have to Do is Dream

Warm Red Glow

San Antone

I Got Rhythm

Tell Me Where You've Been

Hold Your Fire

Mummy

Stairway of Love

Little Jimmy Brown

Flat Footed Woman(incomplete)

Turn Turtle

Singing The Blues On Reds

Big Hunk O'Love

Lonely Nights

Appalling quality recording. You had to have been there - and Roger Fitton was!

"I went to an all-night gig at the Kings Cross Cinema where Patto were supposed to be supporting Roxy Music. The latter superstars never turned up; no refunds were offered and the management compensated by repeatedly playing the Mothers of Invention with the Turtles at a million decibels.

So, when Patto finally took to the stage, they got a very bad reception from lots of morons in the crowd who clearly blamed them for being ripped-off. It was ugly, ugly, ugly - just a few badly-chosen words away from a full-scale riot.

But the band simply turned the situation on its head: John Halsey doing the Mummy stuff and then playing the washboard as the band sang [skiffle standards] and the four of them delivering one of the best live performances I have ever personally seen. Ollie Halsall's guitar playing was phenomenal and keyboard stuff he did made Patto sound so much more than a four-piece.

Tracks like Government Man and Singing the Blues on Reds - which I personally think is what they were all about with the light and shade and time changes in the middle - stand-up even today. They should have been famous - but they were probably ahead of their time."


Don't You Rock Me!
The Supertivoli
Travagliato, Brescia, Italy 29 July 1972

Loud Green Song

Tell Me Where You've Been

Hanging Rope

Stairway Of Love

Don't You Rock Me, Daddy-O

Dream

Singing The Blues On Reds

I Got Rhythm

Peter Abraham

Hold Your Fire

Pretty grimm recording. Only essential content being a skiffle session with washboard solos from The Admiral.

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'The Mucky Duck'
The Black Swan, Sheffield, November 1972

Cold Turkey

Loud Green Song

Last Night I Had a Dream

Peter Abraham

Singing the Blues on Reds

Hold Me Back

Stairway of Love

LISTEN

Recorded on Admiral Halsey's mobile studio i.e the same Phillips cassette recorder on which he, more successfully, captured the Warts and All album

The Mucky Duck


'And That's Jazz!'
The Torrington, London 21 January 1973


San Antone

Hold Me Back

Holy Toledo

Singing the Blues on Reds

My Days Are Numbered

Tell Me Where You've Been

I'm Baroque [?]

Dear Landlord

The Dream I Had Last Night

Flat Footed Woman

Turn Turtle

Peter Abraham

Loud Green Song

+Dave Brooks [Sax]

Excellent quality recording made at the gig by Colin Johnson. Probably the best example of live Patto there is.

Particularly revealing on this session are Clive's bass and The Admiral's drumming - with which I'm sure he even surprised himself.

But, if you listen to nothing else, check out Ollie's solo on 'Hold Me Back' - possibly the finest example we have of what he was all about in those day. Prepare to be jaw-droppe.

'Im Baroque' is what I think the song is called. Colin names it 'Playing in Oz' Anyone?

The title 'And That's Jazz' derives from the inexplicable singing of the phrase at the end of 'My Days Are Numbered'

Additional lesser quality Torrington recordings by Colin [date unknown]:

Hi Heel Sneakers

San Antone

Staitway of Love

Mummy

The Torrington


The Torrington London 6 July 1975
[Reunion benefit concert]

THE LAST EVER PATTO GIG

Anecdote (The Midwife)

Hold Your Fire

Loud Green Song

I Got Rhythm

Stairway of Love

Mummy

Walk Don't Run

Route 66

Hold Me Back

My Days Are Numbered

Sittin' Back Easy

Singing the Blues on Reds

Government Man

Shakin' All Over

A Big Hunk O' Love

Lonely Nights

Hi-Heel Sneakers

HI HEEL SNEAKERS WAS THE LAST SONG PATTO EVER PLAYED

The Torrington

Patto
Cool Vibes

Instrumental Rehearsal Tapes 1970
Cool Vibes 1

Cool Vibes 2

Cool Vibes 3

Cool Vibes 4

LISTEN

"I recorded this one afternoon during rehearsals for Patto's first album. Tracks 1, 2 and 3 are as recorded straight off the original 1/4 " tape, which is in remarkable condition considering it has sat on its machine for 10 years. Track 4 was in poor condition and has been engineered to make it listenable to. Many thanks to Crispin for this."

- Barnabus Swain 2009

More information at:

www.pattofan.com

 

Moose on the Loose!

 

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