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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!]

 

patto van

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

 

Yes, I remember Ollie and Mike, that Ollie was a special player." Russ Ballard


Patto

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

 

 

 

 

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Patto Archive Archive
BBC Radio 1 Sessions

This is the album that never was, 'Patto at The Beeb' All the performances were eventually released as bonus tracks on the Cherry Red studio album reissues in 2017.

They would, of course, have made an excellent stand alone album, which is how they are illustrated here.

The original recordings are included in the complete Radio One sessions detailed below:

Government Man

Sitting Back Easy

Give It All Away

You, You Point Your Finger

Air Raid Shelter

Flat Footed Woman

General Custer

Singing the Blues on Reds

San Antone

Holy Toledo

Loud Green Song

This fanciful compilation omits the perhaps less than spectacular 'Love Me', 'Beat The Drum' and 'So Cold'.

To avoid duplication, the later versions of 'Government Man' and 'San Antone' are favoured since they are not only better recordings and performances but are also enhanced by the second-guitar of Bernie Holland and saxophone of Dave Brooks, respectively.

Patto Archive Archive
BBC Radio 1Sessions

Sounds of The 70's
Alan Black

17 April 1970

• Hanging Rope

• Beat the Drum

• Government Man

• Red Glow


Sounds of the 70s
Mike Hardings

12 May 1970

• Time to Die

• Hold Me Back

• Hanging Rope

Repeated Friday 29 May 1970


Sounds of The 70's
Mike Harding

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

14 March 1971

Repeated 17 March 1971 1

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
5 April 1971


• The Man

Money Bag

• Air Raid Shelter

• Alright [Love Me]

Sounds of the 70's
Mike Harding

6 July 1971

Give It All Away

You, You Point Your Finger

Air Raid Shelter

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


BBC BAN [SEE BELOW]


Sounds of the 70's
Bob Harris

5 February 1973

Repeated 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

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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Sounds of The 70's
Bob Harris

16 March
1973
Repeaed Sunday 6 May 1973

• Flat Footed Woman

General Custer

Dear Landlord

I Got Rhythm

Sausages

Hold Me Back

+ Dave Brooks [Sax

THE BBC BAN

According to the BBC, the band was banned from any radio or TV appearances for over a year for missing a scheduled recording session for the Radio 1 Sounds of the Seventies programme 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 the date was also the only possible one for

Ollie to rehearse with Centipede.The BBC ban extended right up to early in 1973.

The resultant media exile put pay to almost guaranteed appearances on that most prestigious of showcases The Old Grey Whistle Test, which had premiered shorty before on 21 September 1971.

Thanks to Ken Thornton for this information

The Compleat Patto BBC Appearances

Patto Archivechive
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


Sheffield
Black Swan 14 November 1971

Hold Your Fire

• Government Man

• Lullaby of Broadway

• Hi Heel Sneakers

• Al Along the Watchtower

• Rote 66

• Summertime Blues

• San Antone

• Auld Lang Syne

• You You Point Your Finger

• Tell Me Where You've Been

• Riding Along on the Cest of a Wave

• Day of the Locust

• Barnabus Swain

• See You At The Dance Tonight

• A Big Hunk of Love

• Hi Hi Hi Hi It's Off to Work We Go

• Who's Been Polishing the Sun

plus

• Stairway of Love

• Talking Shouting Blues

(To be documented)


Sheffield
Black Swan 16 January 1972

Hold on to What You Got

• San Antone

• Somebody Got to Love Me

Tell Me Where You've Been

Carol

The Browns in the Bight

• You You Point Your Finger

Hold Your Fire

(To be documented)


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?
Deutschlandhalle, Berlin, Germany
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 once legendary music venue, The Torrington, North Finchley, has been reduced to. Starbucks. Obviously necessary, because it's such a long way to Costa. ;)

The Torrington

 

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
King Sound at the Kings Cross Cinema
[Fomerly the 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

v 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

Carol

+Dave Brooks [Sax]

Recordings © Colin Johnson 2017

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 days. Prepare to be jaw-dropped.

'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'

As far as can be established, this is the last Torrington gig with Ollie [until the July 1975 reunion0

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

• Carol

Hi Heel Sneakers

San Antone

Staitway of Love

Mummy

The Torrington


Sheffield
Black Swan 25 May 1975 

• Hold Your Fire

• My Days Are Numbered

• Sittin' Back Easy

• Let It Rock

• Country Pie

• I Got Rhythm

• Peter Abraham

• Loud Green Song

• Singing the Blues on Reds

• Alcatraz

• Government Man

• Hold Me Back

• You, You Point Your Finger

• Move Over

• A Big Hunk of Love

• Day of the Locust

• Helter Skelter

• Hi Ho

• Happy Days and Lonely Nights

(To be documnted)


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 Archive
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."

- Phillip ['Barnabas'] Swain 2009

Did the Baked Jam Roll originate in that Caff across the road from Club Noreik?. I seem to remember it was a favourite on the menu. Patto said you could always tell whether what you were eating was a main or a dessert by whether it was smothered in gravy or custard.

To help your memory, here is a photo of Phillip ['Barnabas'] Swain (roadie) in said caff, having cleaned-up his jam roll. Nice wallpaper - David Baxendell 2019

"Please, sir; I want some . . more?

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

More information at:

www.pattofan.com

 

 

An incomplete list of Patto gigs. Please let us know of any others

 

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