A LEGENDARY CAREER

From his early days playing rock 'n' roll in bands around Chicago's North Shore suburbs and sitting in with blues legends on the city's South Side, to his fiery 18 months with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, to the creation of the Electric Flag, his innovative brass-fusion band, and his "Super Session" success, Michael Bloomfield had a career that was second to none. Here is a chronology of his musical collaborations, performances and recording sessions.

CHRONOLOGY

Mike Bloomfield tunes up during his first Columbia recording session in 1964. Mike Shea photo

1975-78

Bloomfield plays his Beggerby acoustic with an added pick-up during an appearance at the 1976 San Francisco Blues Festival. Jim Bukiet photo

1975

 

*THE ELECTRIC FLAG

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; Roger Troy, b, v; Nick Gravenites, v, g; Mark Naftalin, kybds; Mark Adams, hca; George Rains, d.

HIC Concert Hall, Honolulu, HA; January 10, 1975

 

Unknown titles                               Live performance

 

Personnel as January 10.

Lahaina, Maui, HA; January 12, 1975

 

Unknown titles                               Live performance

 

A newspaper report in January 1975 states that the Electric Flag “will still record but they won’t tour.” Buddy Miles is on the road with his band, Barry Goldberg won’t fly and Bloomfield is doing “soundtracks for pornographic movies,” the article says.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD & FRIENDS

Michael Bloomfield, g; Nick Gravenites, v, g; Barry Goldberg, org; Mark Naftalin, p; Roger Troy, b, v; George Rains, d; Jeremy Steig, fl.

Bottom Line, New York, NY; January 24, 1975

 

Unknown titles                           Live performance

 

Personnel same as above, omit Steig, Goldberg.

Bottom Line, New York, NY; January 25, 1975

 

You’ve Been Wrong                     Bootleg CD

Introduction

Orphan’s Blues

Blue Highway

Buried Alive in the Blues             “Mike, Nick & Mark,” Bootleg CD

I’ll Never Get Over Losing You

Lights Out

Lonely Days, Lonely Nights

My Labors

Wine

After a While, After a While

Tomorrow Night

 

Personnel same as above, add Paul Butterfield, hca, on some titles

Bottom Line, New York, NY; January 26, 1975

 

How Long Can This Go On?             Live performance

Blue Highway

Buried Alive in the Blues

I’ll Never Get Over Losing You

Lights Out

You've Been Wrong for So Long

My Labors

Wine

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD & FRIENDS

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; Nick Gravenites, v, g; Mark Naftalin, kybds; Roger Troy, b, v; George Rains, d.

Great Southeast Music Hall Atlanta, GA; January 28-February 1, 1975

 

Unknown titles                           Live performances

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD & FRIENDS

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; others unknown.

Golden Bear, Huntington Beach, CA; February 27-29, 1975

 

Unknown titles                           Live performances

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD & FRIENDS

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; others unknown.

Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA; March 6, 1975

 

Unknown titles                           Live performances

 

*CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE

Musselwhite, v, hca; Michael Bloomfield, g; Barry Goldberg, p, org; Tim Kaihatsu, g; Karl Severeid, b; Larry Martin, d; Ray Advisee, rds.

Los Angeles, CA; 1975

 

Stranger                                   “Leave the Blues to Us,” Capitol 11450

Business Man

Skinny Woman

Key to the Highway

Candy Kitchen

Long As I Have You

Just Take Your Time

Early in the Mornin’

 

Bloomfield may not play on all the above titles.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD/NICK GRAVENITES

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; Nick Gravenites, v, g; others unknown.

Gymnasium, College of Marin, Marin County, CA; April 5, 1975

 

Unknown titles                          Live performance

 

The Sons of Champlin and Roger Troy‘s band, Roger Troy & Co., also performed on this gig.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; Nick Gravenites, v, g; Paul Butterfield, hca; others unknown.

Record Plant(?), Sausalito, CA; April 22, 1975

 

Unknown titles                           Live performance

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD/MARK NAFTALIN

Michael Bloomfield, g; Mark Naftalin, kybds; others unknown.

Berkeley Community Theater, Berkeley, CA; May 10, 1975

 

Unknown titles                             Live performance

 

John Mayall was the headliner for this show.

 

BLOOMFIELD goes into the hospital in the summer of 1975 to have an operation on his thumb. It may have been to remove a painful bone spur.

 

*KGB

Michael Bloomfield, g; Barry Goldberg, kybds; Rick Grech, b; Carmine Appice, d; Ray Kennedy, v.

Los Angeles, Sausalito, CA; June or July(?) 1975

 

Let Me Love You                        “KGB,” MCA 2166

Midnight Traveler

I’ve Got a Feeling

High Roller

Sail on Sailor

Workin’ for the Children

You’ve Got the Notion

Baby, Should I Stay or Should I Go

It’s Gonna Be a Hard Night

Magic in Your Touch

 

“KGB” was released in February 1976. By March, Bloomfield had criticized Appice and Grech in an L.A. Times article and had announced that he would not tour with the group. After sending a lengthy letter to MCA explaining his desire to resign from the band, KGB eventually split up.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, comp, g(?); others unknown.

San Francisco, CA; Summer 1975

 

Unknown titles                           “Sodom and Gomorrah” soundtrack

 

Bloomfield composed incidental music around this time for several pornographic films by the Mitchell Brothers, including the one above which was released in September 1975 and the shorts “Hot Nazis” (fall 1974), “Rampaging Dental Assistants” and “Marzoff and Day” (1974). He also did music for the “Ultracore” series of shorts in December(?) 1974. Much of the music was created by working from scene descriptions; in many cases, Bloomfield never saw the actual films. Norman Dayron produced the recordings. Michael was reportedly paid $3,600 per hour of soundtrack music for "Sodom.".

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, v.

Bloomfield's or Norman Dayron's home, Mill Valley, CA; 1975(?)

 

M.O.R.

 

This is Bloomfield's lengthy synopsis of a proposed screenplay concerning a young comedian who is gifted but has difficulty connecting with the general public and is coerced into selling out at the expense of his family and artistic integrity. The ending of the story is unfortunately missing. The story's parallels to Bloomfield's own career are striking. It was recorded by Norman Dayron.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, v, g; Mark Naftalin, p; Roger Troy, b; unknown, d; Frank Biner, v*.

KSAN broadcast, Record Plant(?), San Francisco, CA; 1975(?)

 

Soul Serenade variation                      Live performance

Unknown blues instrumental

Unknown instrumental

Declaration Day Blues

Heartbreak

Women Lovin’ Each Other

Maudie*

Oh, Money*

I Got the Blues*

 

This broadcast, found by Peggy McVickar, has an uncertain date and location. Bloomfield performed the first three titles in duet with Mark Naftalin and then with a quartet and guest vocalist Frank Biner. The date for the broadcast has been listed as early as 1971, but it is more likely to be from the mid-'70s.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, v, g; others if any unknown.

Family Light Music School, Sausalito, CA; September 18, 1975

 

Unknown titles                             Seminar/workshop

 

Bloomfield gave a lecture demonstration entitled “On the Blues,” part of a week-long series of workshops and performances on blues at the Sausalito music school. Others in the program included Taj Mahal, Dave Alexander and Mark Naftalin. He also performed with his band, below.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD & FRIENDS

Michael Bloomfield, v, g; Mark Naftalin, p; others unknown.

Family Light Music School, Sausalito, CA; September 19, 1975

 

Unknown titles                             Live performance

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD/NICK GRAVENITES/MARK NAFTALIN

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; Nick Gravenites, g, v; Mark Naftalin, kybds.

Pauley Ballroom, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA; October 1975

 

Kansas City Blues                         Live performance

Other unknown titles

 

Bloomfield performed “Kansas City Blues” as a solo. Thanks to Corry Arnold for this information.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD/NICK GRAVENITES

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; Nick Gravenites, g, v; others unknown.

Redwood Acres, Eureka, CA; October 31, 1975

 

Unknown titles                          Live performance

 

This concert was billed as “The Great Pumpkin."

 

Personnel as October 31.

Santa Rosa Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa, CA; November 1, 1975

 

Unknown titles                          Live performance

 

This concert was billed as “The Great Quake,” using a variation of the poster for the October 31 show. Thanks to Peggy McVickar for this listing.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD & FRIENDS

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; Nick Gravenites, g, v; Roger Troy, b; others unknown.

San Francisco(?), CA; November 6, 1975

 

Unknown titles                           Radio broadcast(?)

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD/NICK GRAVENITES

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; Nick Gravenites, g, v; others unknown.

Savoy, San Francisco, CA; December 26, 27, 1975

 

Unknown titles                         Live performances

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, p, v.

Probably Reed St., Mill Valley, CA; Mid-1970s

 

Glamour Girl                              Private recording

I Want to Go Home

You Can Make It if You Try

Yesterday I Met the One I'm Gonna Marry

Georgia (fragment)

It Was a Dream

Red Sails in the Sunset

Baby, Come On

I Know You Don't Love Me No More

The Band Kept Playing

 

This is another of Bloomfield’s many informal Reed St. recordings. The titles, where unknown, were suggested by the lyrics.

 

 

1976

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; Mark Naftalin, p; Nick Gravenites, v; Roger Troy, b, v; George Rains or Bob Jones, d; others unknown.

Old Waldorf, San Francisco, CA; January 6, 7, 1976

 

Move Over                                       Live performances

Bring Your Sweet Self on Home

Crazy Jake

Blue Highway

The Band Kept Playing

Other unknown titles

 

Norman Dayron recorded & Friends at the Old Waldorf between frequently in 1976 and 1977, so these titles have been included here although their actual dates are unknown.

 

Personnel probably as above.

West Dakota, Berkeley, CA; January 23, 1976

 

Unknown titles                                  Live performance

 

Personnel probably as above.

Silver Dollar Saloon, East Lansing, MI; January 28, 1976

 

Unknown titles                                  Live performance

 

Personnel probably as above.

Joshua Ives Celebration, Philip Menn Arena, Austin, TX; February 14-16, 1976

 

Unknown titles                                  Live performances

 

This three-day festival featured Bloomfield as a headliner along with Booker T., Link Wray, the Rowan Brothers and nearly 40 local bands. Michael probably played on Saturday, February 15.

 

Personnel probably as above.

Old Waldorf, San Francisco, CA; February 17-21, 1976

 

Unknown titles                                 Live performances

 

Personnel probably as above.

Golden Bear, Huntington Beach, CA; February 27-29, 1976

 

Unknown titles                                  Live performances

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD/NICK GRAVENITES BAND

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; Mark Naftalin, kbds; Nick Gravenites, v, g; Roger Troy, b, v; George Rains(?), d.

Pipeline Tavern, Seattle, WA; March 10, 1976

 

Thinking ‘Bout My Family                   Bootleg CD

Buried Alive in the Blues

Don’t Come to My Party

Blue Highway

Small Walk-in Box

Women Lovin’ Each Other

One of These Days

Meet Me in the Bottom (partial)

My Labors

Six Weeks in Reno

It’s About Time

Your Friends

Do Your Work at Night (Kid Man Blues)

Gypsy Good Time

Goodnight Irene

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; Mark Naftalin, kbds; Nick Gravenites, v, g; Roger Troy, b, v; George Rains, d.

Great Southeast Music Hall, Atlanta, GA; April or May 1976

 

Killing Floor                                    Live performance

Other unknown titles

 

This performance was reported by Jim Smith and another fan. The exact date is uncertain but the year is believed to be 1976; Asleep at the Wheel was also on the bill. After one of the shows on this three-night gig, Bloomfield went to a nearby restaurant called Richard's Cafe and played blues on the piano there for several hours to the delight of all.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, comp, g(?); others unknown.

(?); Mid-1970s(?)

 

Unknown titles                           Film soundtrack

 

In a May 1976 interview, Bloomfield could not remember the name of this film for which he provided the soundtrack. He did say that it was a “ski movie.” Michael Melford reports that he did a soundtrack with Bloomfield for the National Film Board of Canada at the Chess studios, and perhaps this is that film.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD/MARK NAFTALIN

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; Mark Naftalin, p, org, v*; unknown, b, d.

Unknown venue, location; 1976(?)

 

All the Love I Want                    Private recording

19 Years Old

Untitled instrumental

Just Because

Wolverton Mountain*

Don't Be Foolin' with Me

God's Song (That's Why I Love Mankind)

Basin Street Blues

Mary Ann

Trouble in Mind*

The Band Kept Playing

 

The venue for this show may have been the Neutral Grounds Coffee House in New Orleans. Though the tape is dated 1976, Bloomfield and Naftalin were in town for the New Orleans Blues and Heritage Festival on April 24, 1977, and may have played a gig at the coffeehouse which had opened earlier that year. That may also explain the two New Orleans-based tunes in the set.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, narration.

Michael Bloomfield's or Norman Dayron's home, Mill Valley, CA; 1976

 

Story                                         Recording session

 

This tale, concerning a trip to East St. Louis, IL, with Big Joe Williams in July 1964, was later published in High Times magazine with illustrations by Robert Crumb, and later appeared in book form with the title “Me and Big Joe.” It was originally recorded by Norman Dayron and was transcribed by Dayron's girlfriend Sally Moses.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; others unknown.

College of Marin Fine Arts Theater, Marin County, CA; May 16, 1976

 

Unknown titles                             Live performance

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD/SUNNYLAND SLIM

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; Sunnlyland Slim, p; Nick Gravenites, v; others unknown.

Keystone Berkeley, Berkeley, CA; May 16, 1976

 

Unknown titles                             Live performance

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; others unknown.

Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA; May 23, 1976

 

Unknown titles                             Live performance

 

Charlie Musselwhite was also on the bill for this date; it’s unclear whether he and Bloomfield performed together or each had separate bands.

 

*BARRY GOLDBERG & FRIENDS

Goldberg, p ,org; Michael Bloomfield(?), g; others unknown.

Shrine Auditorium(?), Los Angeles, CA; 1976(?)

 

On the Road                              “... Live,” Buddah BDS-5684

Chicago My Hometown

I Got a Woman (Dedication)

That's Alright, Mama

Milk Cow

Taste of Honey

Josephine

Suzie Q

Medley (California Earthquake)

Blue Suede Shoes

 

Details on this Goldberg release are again sketchy; Bloomfield is present on some of these titles, and sings on “That’s Alright, Mama.” These titles may come from the same date and location as Goldberg's 1969 "... and Friends" recording.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; Mark Naftalin, kbds; Nick Gravenites, v, g; others unknown.

Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA; June 18, 1976

 

Unknown titles                         Live performance

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD & FRIENDS

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; Mark Naftalin, kbds; Nick Gravenites, v, g; others unknown.

Inn of the Beginning, Cotati, CA; June 18-20, 1976

 

Unknown titles                          Live Performances

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; others unknown.

Longbranch, Berkeley, CA; June 24, 1976

 

Unknown titles                          Live Performance

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; Mike Michaels, hca; Ira Kamin, p; Doug Kilmer, b; Bob Jones, d.

Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY; June 25, 1976

 

Introduction                          Live Performance

Kansas City Blues*

Big City Woman*

Death Cell Rounder Blues*

Big Chief from New Orleans

Unknown title

Rockin' in the Same Old Boat

Women Lovin' Each Other

Mary Ann

Shake, Rattle and Roll

 

This was a midnight blues concert on the opening night of the Newport Jazz Festival. Also featured were Muddy Waters, Bobby Bland and Fats Domino. These tunes were played on acoustic guitar *.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, p, v; Gary?*, hca; Dan?, p.

Unknown location, OR; 1976(?)

 

It's Only a Paper Moon*

Nine Pound Hammer*

Death Cell Rounder Blues*

Blues on Top of Me*

In My Time Dying*

Spike Driver Blues*

Jockey Blues*

Baby, Come On

Darktown Strutters Ball

I Am with You Always

Ain't Nobody's Business What I Do

Dark Road Blues

Great Dreams from Heaven

Knockin' Myself Out

Battle Cry of Freedom

Diddy-Wa-Diddy (partial)

Kansas City Blues

Blue Ghost Blues (partial)

 

"Blues on Top of Me" is a variation of Muddy Waters' "Can't Be Satisfied" with various Robert Johnson lyrics. Bloomfield announces "Battle Cry of Freedom" as an appropriate choice to play "for the bicentennial year," thus dating this performance as 1976. The club has the sound of a small coffee house, an ambiance quite unlike the bar atmosphere of Portland's Earth Tavern. The venue may well have been one local to San Francisco, as MB can be heard greeting friends named "Raymond" and "Françoise" after "Battle Cry." "Gary" may be actually Harry Duncan, a harmonica player and friend from Bloomfield's early Chicago days.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, v.

Reed St., Mill Valley, CA(?); mid-1970s(?)

 

Journey's End/John Henry                          Private recording

Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning

Reno Nevada

Flowers Bloom

What's the Matter Now?

 

Bloomfield accompanies himself here with some uncharacteristically low-key slide playing. Titles, where unknown, are taken from the lyrics.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, p, org, b, d, v; Nick Gravenites, g, v; Ira Kamin, org, p; Eric Kriss, p; Doug Kilmer, Roger Troy, b; Tom Donlinger, David Neditch, d; Ron Stallings, ts; Hart McNee, bar.

Blossom Studios, San Francisco, CA; July 1976.

 

Blues/Gospel Introduction        “If You Love These Blues, Play ’Em as You Please,” Guitar Player 3002

Hey, Foreman

Narrative #1

WDIA

Narrative #2

Death Cell Rounder Blues

Narrative #3

City Girl

Narrative #4

Kansas City Blues

Narrative #5

Mama Lion

Narrative #6

Thrift Shop Rag

Narrative #7

Death In My Family

East Colorado Blues

Blue Ghost Blues

Narrative #8

The Train Is Gone

Narrative #9

Altar Song

 

This album was released in December 1976. It was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Traditional Recording category.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD & HIS FABULOUS ORCHESTRA

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; Bob Jones, d; others unknown.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Civic Center, San Francisco, CA; July 10, 1976

 

Unknown titles                            Live performance

 

This was a gala celebration put on by the San Francisco Art Dealers Association, and Bloomfield and Norman Dayron decided to call the band his "fabulous orchestra" to poke fun at the city's art elite. Thanks to Bob Jones and Peggy McVickar for this listing.

 

*JEMIMA JAMES

James, v, g; Michael Bloomfield, g, dobro, p; Gary Vogensen, g; Barry Lowenthal, d.

San Francisco, CA; July 12, 1976

 

Book Me in Your Dreams             “Book Me in Your Dreams,” Labor 7062

Takes a Man Like You

Havana Cigar

 

James, the great granddaughter of philosopher William James, was a singer from Colorado who met Bloomfield when she was living in San Francisco in a building next to the Old Waldorf. Michael arranged to back her on this session, recorded at Blossom Studios.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD & FRIENDS

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; Mitchell Woods, p, org; Doug Kilmer, b; Bob Jones, d, g, v; Terry Baker, d;
Marsha Ann Taylor, v, el p.

Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA; July 18, 1976

 

Went Down to the Station             Bootleg CDs

Orphan’s Blues

Daddy Was a Jockey

I Feel So Bad

Love Walk

Introduction

Try It Before You Buy It

When I Was a Cowboy

Diddy-Wa-Diddy

Mama’s Blues

Movin’ Down the Back Road, Baby*

Come and Sit Beside Me*

The Only Man*

Love Me or Take Me*

Wine

 

This concert was a benefit performance that appears to have had two sets. Jones is the vocalist on “I Feel So Bad” and “Love Walk;” Taylor is the vocalist and electric pianist on “Mama’s Blues,” “Back Road” and “Sit Beside Me.” Omit Bloomfield, add Jones on guitar and Baker on drums on these titles (*).

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD & FRIENDS

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; others probably similar to above.

Winemasters’ Guild Winery, Woodbridge, CA; July 24, 1976

 

Unknown titles                            Live Performance

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD & FRIENDS

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; Ira Kamin(?), kybds; Doug Kilmer(?), b; Bob Jones, d, g, v*; unknown bckgnd v.

Catalyst Club, Santa Cruz, CA; September 5, 1976

 

Louisiana Blues                           Live performance

Unknown title

Shake, Rattle and Roll

Don't You Lie to Me

Linda Lou

I Feel So Bad*

Unknown title

Rockin' in the Same Old Boat*

Big Chief from New Orleans

Women Lovin' Each Other

Kansas City

Kid Man Blues

Try It Before You Buy It

Unknown title

Uncle Bob's Midnight Blues

Maria Elena

Mr. Pitiful*

 

Thanks to Peggy McVickar and Jeff Samuels for this information.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g; Dan(?), g.

Reed St.(?), Mill Valley, CA; Mid-1970s(?)

 

A Fool for You                                     Private recording

What Would I Do?

Show Me the Sunshine

The Night Time Is the Right Time

 

Bloomfield sings a few Ray Charles tunes on this tape, accompanied by an unknown guitarist, who perhaps may be Dan Hicks.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD & FRIENDS

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; others probably similar to above.

Winemasters’ Guild Winery, Lodi, CA; July 24, 1976

 

Unknown titles                                 Live performance

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, comp, g; Ira Kamin, kybds; Anna Rizzo, v; probably Doug Kilmer, b; Bob Jones, d; others unknown.

Blossom Studios, San Francisco, CA; Summer 1976

 

Andy's Bad                                       Soundtrack for “Andy Warhol’s Bad”

Additional incidental music

 

Rod McKuen volunteered to provide music for this production free of charge (supposedly because of his infatuation with Carroll Baker), but arrangements had already been made with Bloomfield for the score. Actress Tere Tereba, a friend from Bloomfield's Butterfield days, had a role in the movie and convinced Warhol to use Michael for the soundtrack. Because Bloomfield and producer Norman Dayron had no way to view the rough cut of the film that Warhol sent them, they worked from written scene descriptions and timings. Rolling Stone reported that Michael was supposed to appear in the film, but he did not. He did attend the party for the Los Angeles premiere of “Bad” at actress Susan Tyrrell’s home in that city on March 26, 1977.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD & FRIENDS

Michael Bloomfield, g, p, v; Percy Mayfield(?), g, v; Ira Kamin, p; Doug Kilmer, b; Bob Jones, d.

San Francisco Blues Festival, McLaren Park, San Francisco, CA; August 7 or 8, 1976

 

Women Loving Each Other                 “SF Blues Festival,” Jefferson BL 602

Big City Woman

KC Shuffle

Other unknown titles

 

Bloomfield may have performed with Mayfield and jammed with Luther Tucker & the Mess Around All Stars during this festival.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, p, v; Bill Rhoades, hca; Rod Kesey, g; Chris Porter, b; Mike Martin, d.

WOW Hall, Eugene, OR; September 3, 1976

 

Unknown titles                                 Live performance

 

This sold-out, two-set performance was billed as a solo appearance and Bloomfield did play a portion of the show on unaccompanied guitar and piano. But he was also backed up by the Bill Rhoades Blues Band, a local group brought in to play behind Michael and the concert's other featured player, Sonny Rhoades. Thanks to Peggy McVickar and Bill Rhoades for this information.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD & FRIENDS

Michael Bloomfield, g, p(?), v; others unknown.

West High Auditorium, West High School, Anchorage, AK; September 17, 1976

 

Unknown titles                                   Live performance

 

Personnel as above.

Herring Auditorium, Lathrop High School, Fairbanks, AK; September 18, 19, 1976

 

Unknown titles                                  Live performances

 

John Lee Hooker was also on the roster for these two concerts, produced by Uranus Limited and billed as “Blues in Alaska.”

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; others unknown.

Antone’s, Austin, TX; September 29(?), 1976

 

Unknown titles                                 Live performances

 

*THE BAND

Robbie Robertson, Michael Bloomfield(?), g, v; Garth Hudson, kybds; Richard Manuel, kybds, v; Rick Danko, b, v; Levon Helm, d, v.

Winterland, San Francisco, CA; November 25, 1976

 

Unknown titles                                 Live performance

 

Some reports claim Bloomfield made a guest appearance during the Band’s last public performance but did not make it into Martin Scorcese’s 1978 film of the gala concert, “The Last Waltz.” But aural evidence indicates that he did not appear. Reviewers may have mistaken Muddy Water's guitarist Bob Margolin – who was present and who resembled Bloomfield – for Michael. Bob Greenspan recalls that he was staying at Bloomfield's house on November 25 and that even though Michael had been invited to play at the farewell gig, he decided to stay home instead. Bob said Michael spent the night playing guitar by himself in his room.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD & FRIENDS

Michael Bloomfield, g; Mark Naftalin, p; Nick Gravenites, v*, g; Mark Adams, hca; Roger Troy, b, v+; Bob Jones, d, v**.

Old Waldorf, San Francisco, CA; December 19, 1976

 

Buried Alive in the Blues*                     “At the Old Waldorf,” Columbia CK 65866

Your Friends+

How Long Can This Go On?+                  Private recording

Six Weeks in Reno*

Crazy Jake*

I Feel So Bad**

 

Bloomfield & Friends were regulars at the Old Waldorf, performing there nearly every weekend in 1976 and 1977. Norman Dayron has said that he recorded & Friends there over a 6-month period, probably in 1976.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; others unknown.

Cole Cafe, San Francisco, CA; throughout late ‘70s

 

Unknown titles                                 Live performances

 

 

1977

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; Mark Naftalin, kybds; Beull Neidlinger, b; Buddy Helm, d.

McCabe’s Guitar Shop, Santa Monica, CA; January 1, 1977

 

Eyesight to the Blind                                   “I’m with You Always,” Demon Fiend-92

Men’s Room

Frankie & Johnny*

I’m with You Always*

Jockey Blues/Old Folks Boogie

Some of These Days*

Don’t You Lie to Me

Hymn Tune*

Stagger Lee*

I’m Glad I’m Jewish*

A-Flat Boogaloo

 

“Men’s Room” is an anecdote related by Bloomfield about a sign he noticed in McCabe’s rest room. It’s likely that several of the above titles were recorded on May 13 or December 2 or 3, 1977. Those sessions probably produced other titles which were released as “Between a Hard Place and the Ground” on Magnum Midline (different from the recording of the same name on Takoma). They are:

 

Kansas City Blues*

Darktown Stutters Ball/Mop Mop/Call Me a Dog*

Greatest Gifts from Heaven* (Great Dreams of Heaven)

Lord, Though I Am with Thee*

Between a Hard Place and the Ground

Uncle Bob’s Midnight Blues (When I was a Cowboy)

Wee Wee Hours

Vamp in C

 

“Vamp in C” is a loose interpretation of King Curtis’ “Soul Serenade.” These titles (*) are performed by Bloomfield on solo acoustic guitar. Some of the above tunes plus additional titles from these sessions were also released on a bootleg entitled “Initial Shock” and are described as having been “recorded live between 1977 and 1979.” The extra titles are:

 

Women Lovin' Each Other

Linda Lou

Blues in B-Flat

Cherry Red

Hully Gully

Wings of an Angel (Prisoner's Song)

Walking the Floor Over You

Junko Partner

Knockin' Myself Out

Prescription for the Blues

You Must Have Jesus

 

“Blues in B-Flat” is a duet between Bloomfield and Naftalin.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD/AL KOOPER

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; Kooper, v, org; others unknown.

Old Waldorf, San Francisco, CA; January 7, 1977

 

Unknown titles                                     Live performance

 

This show, originally scheduled for January 7 and 8, was advertised as a “Super Session” reunion. Kooper, however, had planned to showcase his new band and was only going to do a 15-minute segment with Bloomfield. The audience expected a recreation of the jam album and registered its disappointment vociferously. Kooper, furious with the Waldorf’s management, canceled the Saturday show as a result.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; Nick Garvenites, v, g; Mark Naftalin, kybds; others unknown.

Inn of the Beginning, Cotati CA; January 13, 14, 1977

 

Unknown titles                                     Live performance

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; Barry Goldberg, Mark Naftalin, p; Ira Kamin, org; Mark Adams, hca; Roger Troy, b, v; Doug Kilmer, b; George Rains, Bob Jones, d; The Originals, ts, bar.

Old Waldorf, San Francisco, CA; 1977(?)

 

Lights Out*                                   “Between the Hard Place and the Ground,” Takoma 7063

Between the Hard Place and the Ground

Big Chief from New Orleans

Kid Man Blues

Orphan’s Blues* (Been Treated Wrong)

Juke Joint

Your Friends*

 

Four of these titles, recorded by Norman Dayron and released on Takoma 7063 in 1979, were done live at the original Old Waldorf or at the Record Plant and come from sessions recorded prior to those issued on “Live at the Old Waldorf.” These titles (*) , however, come from studio sessions done in 1974 and '75 for Bloomfield's unreleased Columbia LP, "Try It Before You Buy It."

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, p, v; others unknown.

Sweetwater, Mill Valley, CA; February 10, 1977

 

Unknown titles                                     Live performance

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; Mark Naftalin, p; Nick Gravenites, v, g; Roger Troy, b, v; Bob Jones, d, v.

Old Waldorf, San Francisco, CA; February 20, 1977

 

Unknown titles                                        Live Performance

 

Personnel probably as above.

Edgewater, Santa Cruz, CA; February 23, 1977

 

Unknown titles                                     Live performance

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; others unknown.

Oakland Auditorium, Oakland, CA; February 26, 1977

 

Unknown titles                                 Radio broadcast

 

This was part of a 24-hour fundraising marathon for the Leukemia Society that was aired over KNEW. Also on the bill were Johnny Paycheck, Barry Melton and the New Riders.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD & FRIENDS

Michael Bloomfield, g; Mark Naftalin, p; Nick Gravenites, v, g; Mark Adams, hca; Roger Troy, b, v; George Rains, d.

Old Waldorf, San Francisco, CA; February 27, 1977

 

Dancin’ Fool                                        “At the Old Waldorf,” Columbia CK 65866

Other unknown titles

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; probably Mark Naftalin, p; Doug Kilmer, b; Bob Jones, d.

Old Waldorf, San Francisco, CA; 1977(?)

 

Diddy-Wa-Diddy                                        Live Performance

 

*JOE TURNER

Turner, v; Michael Bloomfield, g; Mark Naftalin, p; Pat Campbell, b; Bob Scott, d; unknown sax.

Palms Cafe, San Francisco, CA; March 4, 5, 1977

 

Flip, Flop and Fly                                         Live Performance

Chains of Love

Corrine, Corrina

TV Mama

Honey Hush

Give Me an Hour in Your Garden

The Night Time is the Right Time

Shoo Shoo Boogie Boo

Every Day I Have the Blues

Early One Morning

Hide and Go Seek

I've Got a Pocket Full of Pencils/I Want My Baby to Write Me

Stormy Monday Blues

When the Sun Goes Down

Roll Me Baby

Ain't Gonna Be Your Lowdown Dog

Morning, Noon and Night

The Things I Used to Do

Jump for Joy

Shake, Rattle and Roll

Roll ‘Em Pete

How Long Blues

Chicken and the Hawk

I Hear You Knockin'

 

This is Big Joe Turner the Kansas City singer. Mark Naftalin was the music director for this performance and arranged to have it recorded. Norman Dayron was the engineer. These tunes are variously included on the unauthorized CDs “Blues Summit,” Pilz 449300-2; “Shake, Rattle And Roll,” Pilz 449319-2; “Joe Turner Live,” P-Vine PCD-908., plus other imprints.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD & FRIENDS

Michael Bloomfield, g; Mark Naftalin, p; Nick Gravenites, v, g; others unknown.

Old Waldorf, San Francisco, CA; March 6, 7, 1977

 

Unknown titles                                        Live Performance

 

Personnel probably as above.

Keystone Palo Alto, Palo Alto, CA; March 10, 11, 1977

 

Unknown titles                                        Live performances

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD & FRIENDS

Michael Bloomfield, g; Mark Naftalin, p; Nick Gravenites, v, g; Mark Adams, hca; Roger Troy, b, v; George Rains, d.

Old Waldorf, San Francisco, CA; March 13, 14, 1977

 

Bye, Bye                                             “At the Old Waldorf,” Columbia CK 65866

Farther Up the Road

Feel So Bad

Other unknown titles

 

These and later Waldorf titles were recorded by Norman Dayron at the new location for the Old Waldorf in San Francisco’s financial district.

 

Personnel probably as March 13, 14.

Keystone Palo Alto, Palo Alto, CA; March 23, 24, 1977

 

Unknown titles                                        Live performances

 

Personnel probably as March 13, 14.

Old Waldorf, San Francisco, CA; March 31, 1977

 

Unknown titles                                        Live performances

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, bjo, mand, ukulele, p, b, d, v; Mark Naftalin, p, acc; Nick Gravenites, v, g; Bob Jones, d; Anna Rizzo, Marsha Ann Taylor, bkgnd v.

Zoetrope Studios, San Francisco, CA;  April 1977

 

Peepin’ an’ a Moanin’ Blues                            “Analine,” Takoma B-1059

Mr. Johnson and Mr. Dunn

Frankie & Johnny

At the Cross

Big “C” Blues

Hilo Waltz

Effinonna Rag

Mood Indigo

Analine

 

"Analine" was released in late July 1977.

 

*LEVON HELM ALL STARS

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; Dr. John, p, v; Levon Helms, d, v; others unknown.

Sunfest, Lakeland, FL; April 2, 1977

 

Unknown titles                                         Live performance(?)

 

Bloomfield was mentioned as a member of Helm’s all-star band in a report in the St. Petersburg Times. Whether this band ever existed, or if the festival ever happened, is unknown.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD ALL STARS

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; John Cipollina, g; Mark Naftalin, p; Roger Troy, b, v; Bob Jones, d, v.

Old Waldorf, San Francisco, CA; April 20, 1977

 

I Don’t Want No Wife                               Bootleg CD

Move On Over

It's Too Late

Feel So Bad

Mr. Pitiful

Tell It Like It Is

When I Was a Cowboy

Women Loving Each Other

Try It Before You Buy It

Too Much Monkey Business

 

This performance was part of a multi-group benefit for the San Francisco prisoners' fund.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; Nick Gravenites, v, g; Mark Naftalin, kybds; Roger Troy, b, v; Tom Donlinger, d.

Camino Theater, University of San Diego, CA; April 22, 1977

 

Unknown titles                                  Live performance

 

This show was commemorated on T-shirts issued to USD concert staff. Bloomfield can be seen wearing one in a photo in “If You Love These Blues” by Wolkin & Keenom. Thanks to Peggy McVickar for this information.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; Mark Naftalin, p; others probably similar to above.

Jazz & Heritage Festival, New Orleans, LA; April 24, 1977

 

Unknown titles                                  Live performance

 

Naftalin and Bloomfield were scheduled to play a half-hour set each, but presumably they performed together for at least part of the program.

 

Personnel probably as above.

Golden Bear, Huntington Beach, CA; April 21-24(?), 1977

 

Unknown titles                                  Live performances

 

This gig was advertised in the L.A. Times, but it is uncertain whether Bloomfield actually appeared due to his performance in New Orleans on April 24.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD BAND

Michael Bloomfield, g; probably Mark Naftalin, p; Nick Gravenites, v, g; Roger Troy, b, v; George Rains, d.

Old Waldorf, San Francisco, CA; April 28-30, 1977

 

Unknown titles                                 Live performances

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g; others, if any, unknown.

McCabe’s Guitar Shop, Santa Monica, CA; May 13, 1977

 

Unknown titles                                  Live performance

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD & FRIENDS

Michael Bloomfield, g; Mark Naftalin, p; Nick Gravenites, v, g; Mark Adams, hca; Roger Troy, b, v; George Rains, d.

Old Waldorf, San Francisco, CA; May 16, 1977

 

The Sky Is Cryin’                                  “At the Old Waldorf,” Columbia CK 65866

Farther Up the Road

Bad Luck Baby

Other unknown titles

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g; Mark Naftalin, p; Nick Gravenites, v; Roger Troy, b; Bob Jones, d.

Alpen Glow Tavern, Hayward, CA; May 20, 21, 1977

 

Unknown titles                                         Live performances

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g; others unknown.

Keystone Palo Alto, Palo Alto, CA; May 23, 24, 1977

 

Unknown titles                                         Live performances

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g; Nick Gravenites, v, g; Mark Naftalin, kybds; Roger Troy, b, v; Bob Jones, d, v.

Rainbow Tavern, Seattle, WA; May 26, 1977

 

Burried Alive in the Blues                            Live performance

Other unknown titles

 

Thanks to Brent Pellegrini for this listing.

 

Personnel probably as above.

MacArthur Court, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR; May 27, 1977

 

Unknown titles                                         Live performance

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD BAND

Michael Bloomfield, g; others unknown.

Rio Theater and Dance Company, Rodeo, CA; June 3, 4, 1977

 

Unknown titles                                         Live performances

 

This group was called the “Berkeley All-Stars” in advertisements.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g; Nick Gravenites, v, g; Mark Naftalin, p; Roger Troy, b, v; Bob Jones, d, v.

Starwood, Santa Monica, CA; July 21, 1977

 

Brown Paper Bag                                     Live performance

Heartbreak

Other unknown titles

 

Thanks to Peggy McVickar for finding this show.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, kybds, b, perc, v; Mark Naftalin, p, synth; Clay Cotton, kybds; Barry Goldberg, org; Mark Adams, hca; Roger Troy, b, v; George Rains, Dwight Dailey, Bob Jones, d; Frank Biner, v; Sons of Kings, v; Anna Rizzo, Church of God in Christ Singers, bkgnd v; Duke Tito and the Marin County Playboys, Toots Suite, hns.

Blossom & Zoetrope Studios, San Francisco, CA; 1976-77

 

Maudie                                      “Living in the Fast Lane,” Waterhouse 11

Shine on Love

Roots

Let Them Talk

Watkin’s Rag

Andy’s Bad

When I Get Home

Used to It

Big “C” Blues

The Dizz Rag

 

“Andy’s Bad” is a selection from Bloomfield’s soundtrack for the 1977 film “Andy Warhol’s Bad.” René Aagaard says that it is different from the tune used in the film, perhaps an alternate take. Producer Norman Dayron candidly described this release, issued posthumously in 1981, as “a bunch of leftover shit I hadn’t used” from earlier recordings. Some of the tunes – “Shine On Love,” “When I Get Home” and “Let Them Talk” – come from Bloomfield’s Columbia sessions for “Try It Before You Buy It." “Fast Lane” was originally going to be titled “Producer's Choice.”

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD BAND

Michael Bloomfield, g, p, v; others unknown.

Old Waldorf, San Francisco, CA; August 12, 13, 1977

 

Unknown titles                                    Live performance

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD/MARK NAFTALIN

Michael Bloomfield, g, p, v; Mark Naftalin, kybds; others unknown.

Beacon Theater, New York, NY; October 8, 1977

 

Unknown titles                                     Live performance

 

Personnel same or similar to above; possibly add Ray Kennedy, v.

Starwood, Santa Monica, CA; October 21, 22, 1977

 

Unknown titles                                     Live performances

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD BLUES BAND & FRIENDS

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; David Shorey, p; Bob Jones, d; others unknown.

Club Blue Note Concert Hall, Salt Lake City, UT; October 28, 29, 1977

 

Unknown titles                                     Live performances

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD/MARK NAFTALIN

Michael Bloomfield, g, p, v; Mark Naftalin, kybds; others unknown.

Rathskeller, Humbolt State University, Arcata, CA; November 11, 1977

 

Unknown titles                                     Live performance

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD & FRIENDS

Michael Bloomfield, g, p, v; Mark Naftalin, kybds; Dave Shorey, g; Soma Marshall, b; Bob Jones, d, v.

Unknown club, San Francisco, CA; probably several dates in 1977 or 1978

 

Unknown titles                                     Live performance

 

These gigs were recalled by drummer Bob Jones as being in a venue on Haight St. A photo exists of the band playing at the club, but its name remains a mystery.

 

Personnel same or similar to above.

The Other Cafe, San Francisco, CA; November 27, 1977

 

Unknown titles                                      Live performance

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, p, v; others(?) unknown.

Coffee Gallery, San Francisco, CA; 1977

 

Unknown titles                                    Live performance

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD & FRIENDS

Michael Bloomfield, g, p, v; Mark Naftalin, kybds; unk., melodica; Dave Shorey(?), b; Bob Jones, d, v*.

Bodega, Campbell, CA; probably October 20, 1977

 

Big Chief from New Orleans               Private recording

You Must Have Jesus

Guitar King

Nobody's Fool

Blue Ghost Blues

19 Years Old

Shake, Rattle & Roll (incomplete)

You Took My Money

Little Sheba

Feel So Bad* (beginning missing)

 

The date is uncertain for this show, but the year is probably 1977. According to a local student newspaper, Bloomfield did appear at the Bodega on Oct. 20. A melodica (or harmonica) player can be heard in the background throughout much of the performance.

 

Personnel same or similar to above.

River City, Fairfax, CA; Mid- to late 1970s

 

Unknown titles                                     Live performances

 

Personnel same or similar to above.

My Father’s Place, Roslyn, NY; 1977

 

Unknown titles                                     Live performance

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, p, v; Mark Naftalin, p; John Hiatt, b(?); others if any unknown.

McCabe’s Guitar Shop, Santa Monica, CA; December 2, 3, 1977

 

Unknown titles                                     Live performances

 

*JOE TURNER

Turner, v; Michael Bloomfield, g; others unknown.

Palms Cafe, San Francisco, CA; December 17, 1977

 

Unknown titles                                        Live Performance

 

 

1978

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; Mark Naftalin, p.

Stanford Coffee House, Tresidder Union, Stanford, CA; January 14, 1978

 

Unknown titles                                     Live performance

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, v.

KSAN, San Francisco, CA; Aired January 31, 1978

 

Interview with Bob Simmons                Radio broadcast

 

*COUNT TALENT & THE ORIGINALS

Michael Bloomfield, g, p, bjo, b, perc, v; Mark Naftalin, kybds; Nick Gravenites, v; Roger Troy, b, v; Soma Marshall, b; Bob Jones, d; Clay Cotton, cl; Jerry Martini, as; Dennis Marcellino, ts; Max Haskett, tp; Anna Rizzo, Marsha Ann Taylor, bkgnd v.

Xandu Recorders, San Francisco, CA; January or February 1978

 

Love Walk                                           “Count Talent and the Originals," Clouds 8005

You Was Wrong

Peach Tree Man

When I Need You

Sammy Knows How to Party

I Need Your Loving

Bad Man

Saturday Night

You’re Changin’

Let the People Dance

 

Bloomfield and producer Norman Dayron were given $50,000 by Henry Stone of TK Records, this recording’s parent label, to create “Count Talent.” The album was released in June 1978.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, p, v; others unknown.

Last day Saloon, San Francisco, CA; March 16, 17, 1978

 

Unknown titles                                     Live performance

 

*COUNT TALENT & THE ORIGINALS

Michael Bloomfield, g, p, v; Mark Naftalin, kybds; Roger Troy, b, v; Bob Jones, d; others, including horns and two female backup singers, unknown.

Tulagi's, Boulder, CO; April 7, 8, 1978

 

Unknown titles                                     Live performance

 

John Ivey attended this performance and has confirmed that it occurred on the above dates. An additional show was listed for April 6, but that may have been a typographical error in the ads for Bloomfield's appearance. John recalled that the show took place just prior to the release of Bloomfield’s “Count Talent” album. Michael was wearing a white suit similar to the one he is seen in on the album’s cover.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; David Shorey, acc.

Reed St., Mill Valley, CA; probably May 1978

 

Auld Lang Syne                                   Recording for Takoma

Go Tell It on the Mountain

Other unknown titles

 

Dave Shorey told author Bill Keenom that he and Bloomfield recorded a number of traditional tunes at Reed St. for a proposed Takoma Christmas record. The label eventually decided not to do the album and instead gave Michael money for sessions that eventually were released as “Michael Bloomfield.”

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; probably Ira Kamin, kybds; David Shorey, b; Bob Jones, d.

Old Waldorf, San Francisco, CA; June 24, 1978

 

Unknown titles                                    Live performance

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; Jon Cramer, v, p.

The Other Cafe, San Francisco, CA; July 2, 1978

 

Kansas City                                         Live performance

Death Cell Rounder Blues

Guitar King

I’m with You Always

Instrumental

Katie Mae

Come On in My Kitchen

Rx for the Blues

Junko Partner

Good Night Irene

Shake, Rattle & Roll

Frankie & Johnny

Little Sheba

Women Lovin’ Each Other

Snowblind

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, v.

Norman Dayron's home, Marin County, CA; Filmed in summer 1978, released in 1979

 

Film appearance          “The Wizard of Waukesha,” a film by Susan Brockman

 

This is a film about guitarist and inventor Les Paul. Bloomfield is briefly interviewed while playing a '60 Gibson Les Paul sunburst guitar borrowed from Robbie Dunbar. The producer for Michael’s segment was guitarist and sound engineer Robb Lawrence.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, kybds, bjo, acc, moog, v; Ira Kamin, p; David Shorey, Doug Kilmer, b; Bob Jones, d; Kraig Kilby, tbn.

Old Waldorf, San Francisco* or studio, Mill Valley, CA; 1978

 

Guitar King                                          “Michael Bloomfield,” Takoma 7063

Knockin’ Myself Out

My Children, My Children (Chil’en, Chil’en, Chil’en)

Women Loving Each Other*

Sloppy Drunk*

You Took My Money

See That My Grave Is Clean

The Gospel Truth

Crisco Kid                                            "Mike Bloomfield," Fuel 2000 Records 302 061 256 2

 

According to Norman Dayron, “Crisco Kid,” a disco-style song about “gay cruising,” was deemed inappropriate by Takoma and was not included in the original release.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD & FRIENDS

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; probably Mark Naftalin, kybds; David Shorey, b; Bob Jones, d.

McCabe's, Santa Monica, CA; August 25, 1978

 

Unknown titles                                         Live performance

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD BAND

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; Ira Kamin(?), kybds; David Shorey, b; Bob Jones, d.

Old Waldorf, San Francisco, CA; August 31, 1978

 

Unknown titles                                         Live performance

 

Personnel same or similar to above.

U. of Southern California, San Diego, CA; 1978(?)

 

Unknown titles                                         Live performance

 

Dave Shorey told author Bill Keenom that Bloomfield and the band played a gig at this school that was televised using "three TV cameras." The date and year of the show are uncertain.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD & FRIENDS

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; probably Mark Naftalin, kybds; David Shorey, b; Bob Jones, d.

Antone’s, Austin, TX; September 7-9, 1978

 

Big Chief from New Orleans                   Live performances

They Took My Money

Women Lovin' Each Other

Knockin' Myself Out

Snowblind

Linda Lou

She's 19 Years Old

Movin' Down the Back Road, Baby

Everything's Gonna Be Alright

Feel So Bad

Goin' Down the Street

Tell It Like It Is

Louisiana Blues

Don't You Lie to Me

Stranger in My Own Home Town

Time's Tough

 

Personnel probably as above.

Shady Grove, San Francisco, CA; September 11, 1978

 

Unknown titles                                           Live performance

 

Personnel probably as above.

Eulipia Cafe, San Jose, CA; September 16, 1978

 

Unknown titles                                           Live performance

 

Personnel probably as above.

Paradiso, Santa Cruz, CA; September 23, 1978

 

Unknown titles                                           Live performance

 

Personnel probably as above.

Sweetwater, San Francisco, CA; September 26, 1978

 

Unknown titles                                           Live performance

 

*PAUL BUTTERFIELD/MIKE BLOOMFIELD/ELVIN BISHOP

Butterfield, hca, v; Elvin Bishop, Michael Bloomfield, g, v; Mark Naftalin, kybds; Roger Troy, b; Sam Lay, d, v; Snooky Flowers, bar.; Maria Muldaur, v.

Greek Theater, Berkeley, CA; October 1, 1978

 

Introduction                                                 Live performance

Born in Chicago

Our Love Is Driftin’

Everything’s Gonna Be All Right

Shake Your Money Maker

Get Out of My Life Woman

Paying the Price to Be Feeling Nice

Mystery Train

Little Brown Bird

Got My Mojo Working

Don’t You Lie to Me

 

This single-night performance was part of Chet Helm’s first “Tribal Stomp” concert and was billed as the Paul Butterfield Blues Band Reunion. The set was filmed for an intended movie, but the film was never released. Elvin Bishop is the vocalist on “Paying the Price” and the encore “Don’t You Lie to Me,” where he is joined by Maria Muldaur and Snooky Flowers; Sam Lay sings “Mojo.”

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; others unknown.

Bodega, Campbell, CA; October 13, 14, 1978

 

Unknown titles                                           Live performance

 

Personnel probably as above.

Eulipia Cafe, San Jose, CA; October 14, 1978

 

Unknown titles                                           Live performance

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD & FRIENDS

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; Mark Naftalin, p; David Shorey, b; Bob Jones, d, v.

My Father's Place, Roslyn, NY; October 20, 1978

 

Feel So Bad                                          Live performance

I'm Ready

Sweet Hurricane

Stand By Me

Rockin' in the Same Old Boat

Guitar King

Time's Tough

Maria Elena

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; probably Mark Naftalin, p; David Shorey, b; Bob Jones, d, v.

Bottom Line, New York, NY; October 22-23, 1978

 

Frankie & Johnny                                 Live performances

Other unknown titles

 

Bloomfield may have opened the shows with a solo acoustic set. Johnny Winter was in the audience and visited with the band one of the evenings.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; others unknown.

The Savoy, San Francisco, CA; throughout 1978

 

Unknown titles                                    Live performances

 

Personnel similar to above.

Cole Cafe, San Francisco, CA; throughout 1978(?)

 

Unknown titles                                     Live performances

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD/APPLEJACK

Michael Bloomfield, g, acc**, v; "Applejack" Walroth, hca, v*.

Reed St., Mill Valley, CA; probably late 1970s

 

How Can You Stand It?                            Private recording

Feel Like Trouble

I Can't Be Satisfied*

Jolie Blanc**

Unknown instrumental

Mean Old Blues

Various stories

 

Bloomfield and old Chicago friend Applejack play a few improvised tunes and reminisce about the Old Wells Record Shop and their Chicago days. Titles where unknown are suggestions drawn from the lyrics.

 

1979-81

Bloomfield performs in Helsinki during his difficult three-week tour of Italy and Scandanavia with Woody Harris and Maggie Edmondson in 1980. Unknown photographer

1979

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; David Kessner, p; David Shorey, b; Bob Jones, d, v.

Unknown venue, Ottawa, ON; January(?) 1979

 

Unknown titles                                     Live performance

 

Personnel as above.

Unknown venue, Rouyn, QC; January 19, 20, 1979

 

Shake, Rattle and Roll                         Private recording

Maria Elena

Crosscut Saw

Rocking in the Same Old Boat (BJ, v)

Love Walk (BJ, v)

 

Personnel as above.

Unknown venue, Quebec City, QC; January 21, 1979

 

Unknown titles                                     Live performance

 

Personnel as above.

Cafe Campus, Montréal, QC; January 22, 1979

 

The Sky Is Crying (BJ, v)                      Private recording

Sweet Hurricane (BJ, v)

Rocking in the Same Old Boat (BJ, v)

Love Walk (BJ, v)

Moving Down the Back Roads (BJ, v)

Snow Blind

Orphan Blues

 

This is the brief Canadian tour that Bloomfield complained bitterly about in his April 1979 interview in Guitar Player magazine. “It was hellacious,” was his observation, noting that “Nothing worked ... everything was frozen solid.”

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; Austin Delone, p; David Shorey, b; Bob Jones, d, v.

Old Waldorf, San Francisco, CA; February 18, 1979

 

Unknown titles                                     Live performance

 

Personnel probably as above.

Earth Tavern, Portland, Oregon: February 20, 1979

 

Big Chief from New Orleans                Live performance

Blue Ghost Blues

Saturday Woman

She Took My Money

Kansas City Blues

Rock Me, Baby (incomplete)

Stand By Me

Feel So Bad

Moving Down the Back Road, Baby

 

Personnel probably as above.

Old Waldorf, San Francisco, CA; February 24, 25, 1979

 

Unknown titles                                     Live performance

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, p, v.

Boarding House, San Francisco, CA; March 13-17, 1979

 

Unknown titles                       Live performances

 

Personnel probably similar to above.

Inn of the Beginning, Cotati, CA; March 21, 1979

 

Unknown titles                        Live performance

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, p, v; chorus including Anna Rizzo, others*.

Boarding House, San Francisco, CA; May 11, 12, 1979.

 

Money Honey                             Private recording

Sea of Love

Beat Up Motherferyou

I Can't Be Satisfied

Shining On

Maria Elena

My Home Town

I'm Leaving Baby

Sugar Bee

Prescription for the Blues

John, John on the Battle Ground*

Honky Tonk Angel

Whining Boy

Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone

I'm a Fool for a Cigarette

Come On in My Kitchen

 

These titles come from two casual sets played by Bloomfield as an opener for Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks. Norman Dayron recorded them, and Bloomfield played guitar along with a recording of himself on piano for “Maria Elena.”

 

IN THE SUMMER of 1979, Bloomfield checks himself into a state mental hospital and spends a month or more there attempting to overcome his dependency on the drug Placidyl.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD/WOODY HARRIS

Michael Bloomfield, g; Woody Harris, g.

Mill Valley, CA; July 9-13, 1979

 

I’ll Overcome                             “Bloomfield/Harris,” Kicking Mule KM-164

I Must See Jesus

Great Dreams of Heaven

Gonna Need Somebody on My Bond

I Am a Pilgrim

Farther Along

Have Thine Own Way

Just a Closer Walk with Thee

Peace in the Valley

 

These titles were duets recorded in producer Norman Dayron’s living room. "Great Dreams of Heaven" is a solo by Woody Harris.; "Peace in the Valley" is by Bloomfield alone with overdubbed slide guitar.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, p, v; others, if any, unknown.

Old Waldorf, San Francisco, CA; July 29, 1979

 

Unknown titles                           Live performance

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD/WOODY HARRIS

Michael Bloomfield, g; Woody Harris, g.

McCabe’s Guitar Shop, Santa Monica, CA; October 12, 1979

 

Unknown titles                           Live performance

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, p, v; others, if any, unknown.

The Palamino, North Hollywood, CA; October 10, 1979.

 

Unknown titles                           Live performance

 

Personnel probably as above.

Sleeping Lady, Fairfax, CA, November 1979

 

Unknown titles                           Live performance

 

A fan reported that Bloomfield was too drunk to perform during this gig and that he refused to play guitar, sitting at the piano and singing incoherent songs while his band eventually left the bandstand. The patrons at the club demanded their money back and the management reluctantly complied.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; William Mylar, g.

The Other Cafe, San Francisco, CA; 1979.

 

Unknown titles                           Live performance

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD BAND

Michael Bloomfield, g, p, v; others unknown.

The Old Waldorf, San Francisco, CA;  December 24, 1979.

 

Unknown titles                           Live performance

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD & CHICAGO BLUES POWER

Michael Bloomfield, g, p, v; Ron Butkovich, g, bkgnd v; Applejack Walroth, hca, v*, bkgnd v; Steve Mallory, b; Bill Wilson, d; King Perkoff, ts, bkgnd v; Hart McNee, bar, bkgnd v.

The Catalyst, Santa Cruz, CA; December 28, 1979

 

Lights Out                                   Live performance

Honky Tonk, Pt. 1

Guitar King

Sunshine Special*

S'il Vous Plait Boogaloo

No Signifying*

We Don't Need No Music

Every Night They Play the Blues

Chicken Shack (outro)

 

Chicago Blues Power was the name Bloomfield gave to his back-up band. According to Steve Mallory, the band performed on and off with Bloomfield for about a year at various venues including the Sweetwater Cafe in Mill Valley and Cal State U. in Chico, CA.

 

IN THE WINTER of 1979, Bloomfield moves to New York City to be near Christie Svane. She gets him an apartment on Desbroses Street which he shares with her mother.

 

*KINKY FRIEDMAN

Friedman, v, g; Michael Bloomfield, g; others unknown.

The Lone Star, New York, NY; Winter 1979/1980.

 

Unknown titles                           Live performance

 

 

1980

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, p, v; others, if any, unknown.

The Lone Star, New York, NY; Early 1980

 

Unknown titles                                    Live performance

 

Personnel probably as above.

The Ear Inn, New York, NY; Spring(?)1980

 

Unknown titles                                     Live performance

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD BAND

Michael Bloomfield, g, p, v; others unknown.

Phoenix, Theater, Petaluma, CA; March 7, 1980

 

Unknown titles                                    Live performance

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD/WOODY HARRIS

Michael Bloomfield, g, p, v; Woody Harris, g; Maggie Edmondson, cello, v.

The Main Point, Bryn Mawr, PA; April 5, 1980

 

Unknown titles                                     Live performance

 

Personnel as above.

The Bottom Line, New York, NY; April 7, 8, 1980

 

Don’t Brush My Teeth                           Live performances

John, John on the Battle Ground

A Wedding in Cherokee County

Come On In My Kitchen

In My Time of Dying

Knockin' Myself Out

Prescription for the Blues

Other unknown titles

 

This performance was filmed for French television. Audience member Michael Capasse joined Bloomfield along with three others on the vocal for “John, John.” Harris told Jan Mark Wolkin that Michael was very nervous prior to the show because he’d learned that former Blues Project guitarist Danny Kalb was in the audience. As result, Harris said, Bloomfield’s playing was exemplary. He also stated that following this show, he and Bloomfield performed in Boston; Amherst, MA; Washington, DC; the Quiet Knight in Chicago; and at McCabe’s in Santa Monica, CA.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD & CHICAGO BLUES POWER

Michael Bloomfield, g, p, v; Ron Butkovich, g, bkgnd v; Applejack Walroth, hca, v*, bkgnd v; Steve Mallory, b; Bill Wilson, d; King Perkoff, ts, bkgnd v; Hart McNee, bar, bkgnd v.

The Catalyst, Santa Cruz, CA; May 30, 1980

 

Unknown titles                                   Live performance

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, p, v; others, if any, unknown.

The Other End, New York, NY; July 4, 5, 1980

 

Unknown titles                                     Live performances

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD/WOODY HARRIS

Michael Bloomfield, g, p, v; Woody Harris, g; others, if any, unknown.

The Main Point, Bryn Mawr, PA; July 12, 1980

 

Unknown titles                                     Live performance

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, p, v; Bob Greenspan(?), g.

No Exit Cafe, New York, NY; Summer 1980

 

Unknown titles                                     Live performance

 

Bob Greenspan recalled this performance in an interview with Bill Keenom. He said it occurred sometime in 1980, and that Bloomfield was booed off the stage, presumably because he refused to play “Super Session” material.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD TRIO

Michael Bloomfield, g, p, v; probably Woody Harris, g; Maggie Edmondson, cello, v.

101 Greene St. (Greene Street Cafe), New York, NY; July 31-August 3, 1980

 

Unknown titles                                     Live performances

 

Personnel as above.

Jonathan Swift’s, Cambridge, MA; Summer(?) 1980

 

Unknown titles                                      Live performance

 

BLOOMFIELD travels to Europe for a tour of Italy and Scandinavia in the late summer of 1980. His poor health and a mixed reception from audiences who are expecting him to recreate the "Super Session" sound combine to make the trip a difficult one.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD/WOODY HARRIS

Michael Bloomfield, g, p, v; Woody Harris, g; Maggie Edmondson, cello, v; Fabio Treves, hca, v.

Mascheroni, Italy; September 1980

 

Shake, Rattle & Roll                                     Live performance

Mean Mistreater

Sloppy Drunk

Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?

God’s Song (That’s Why I Love Mankind)

Kathleen (Catholicism Made Easier)

Look Over Yonders Wall

Country Mechanic

Farther Along

At the Cross

Instrumental

Gonna Need Somebody on My Bond

John, John on the Battle Ground

 

According to Harris, his and Bloomfield’s performances were frequently filmed while they were playing in Italy; this one is probably the one issued on an 80-minute Italian video. Thanks to René Aagaard for many of these and the following listings.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD/WOODY HARRIS

Michael Bloomfield, g, p, v; Woody Harris, g; Maggie Edmondson, cello, v.

Giardino Scotto, Pisa, Italy; September 8, 1980

 

Bloomfield Introduction                        Bootleg CD

She’s Gone, Gone, Gone

Alabama Women

I Was Born in the Woods and Schooled in the Lion’s Den

Bartender’s Blues

Tryin' to Get to You

Spike Driver’s Moan (partial)

Frankie & Johnny

Jesus on the Mainline

Louise

At The Cross

Great Dreams of Heaven

Finger Fat

Knockin’ Myself Out

I'll Overcome

Gonna Need Somebody on My Bond

Country Mechanic

 

Personnel as September 8.

Florence(?) Italy; September 9, 1980

 

Unknown titles                                 Live performance

 

Personnel as September 8.

Naples, Italy; September 12, 1980

 

Bloomfield Introduction                        Bootleg CD

Dark Road Blues

Prison Bound

Have You Seen Somebody

Bartender’s Blues

Knockin’ Myself Out

Tryin’ to Get to You

Better Stop Drinkin’ that Wine, Sonny Boy

Frankie & Johnny

Feelin’ Good/In a Brand New Automobile

Finger Fat

Louise

Great Dreams of Heaven

Great Dreams of Heaven, reprise

Gonna Need Somebody on My Bond

Shake, Rattle ’n’ Roll

 

Personnel as September 8.

Mestre Teatro, San Marco, Venice, Italy; September 13, 1980

 

Bloomfield Introduction                            Bootleg CD

Dark Road Blues

Arkansas Moonshine Baby

Chains of Love

Bartender’s Blues

Tryin’ to Get to You

Frankie & Johnny

Feelin’ Good

Look Over Yonders Wall

Louise

Over the Rainbow

Finger Fat

At the Cross

I'll Overcome

Great Dreams of Heaven

Gonna Need Somebody on My Bond

Knockin' Myself Out

 

Personnel as September 8.

Castel d’Azzano, Verona, Italy; September 14, 1980

 

Bloomfield Introduction                             Bootleg CD

Dark Road Blues

Alabama Woman

Chil’en, Chil’en, Chil’en

Bartender’s Blues

Tryin’ to Get to You

Hey, Good Lookin’

Frankie & Johnny

Feelin’ Good

In a Brand New Automobile

Louise

Over the Rainbow

Finger Fat

Over the Rainbow

I'll Overcome

Knockin' Myself Out

Gonna Need Somebody on My Bond

Country Mechanic

Closing Remarks

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, p, v.

Palasport Stadium, Turin, Italy; September 15, 1980

 

Dark Road Blues                           Mama Barley 0001

Prison Bound Blues

 

*FABIO TREVES BLUES BAND

Treves, hca; Michael Bloomfield, g, v; Claudio Bazzari, Chuck Fryers, g; Silvano Borgatta, p; Tino Cappelletti, b; Dave Baker, d.

Palasport Stadium, Turin Italy; September 15, 1980

 

Shake, Rattle & Roll                      Mama Barley 0001

Five Long Years

Don't You Lie to Me

The Yonker Blues

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD/WOODY HARRIS

Michael Bloomfield, g, p, v; Woody Harris, g; Maggie Edmondson, cello.

Mariahissen, Stockholm, Sweden; September 23, 1980

 

Linin’ Track                                         Live performance

Frankie & Johnny

Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out

Other unknown titles

 

Personnel as September 23.

Uppsala Musikforum, Stockholm, Sweden; September 24, 1980

 

Unknown titles                                    Live performance

 

Personnel as September 23.

Helsinki, Finland; September 25, 1980

 

Unknown titles                                    Live performance

 

Personnel as September 23.

Copenhagen, Denmark; September 26, 1980

 

Unknown titles                                    Live performance

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, kybds, v; Jon Cramer, p; Harry Oden, b; Tom Rizzo, d; Ben Perkoff, ts; Derrick Walker, ts, hca; Hart McNee, bar.

San Francisco, CA; October 27-November 29, 1980

 

Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’                         “Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’,” Takoma TAK-7091

Linda Lou

Papa-Mama-Rompah-Stompah

Junker’s Blues

Midnight

It’ll Be Me

Motorized Blues

Mathilda

Winter Moon

Snowblind

 

Producer Norman Dayron has said that he objected to releasing Jon Cramer's "Snowblind" on this recording, but Bloomfield insisted that it be included. Tom Rizzo is Anna Rizzo's brother.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; others unknown

Unknown venue, San Jose, CA; 1980(?)

 

Unknown titles                                     Live performance

 

A fan recalled attending this performance, describing it as one of Bloomfield’s last, with only 50 people in the audience.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; others unknown

Pete’s Tavern, Bellingham, WA; November 16, 1980

 

Unknown titles                                   Live performance

 

This two-set show was billed as Bloomfield’s “only Northwest appearance.” Thanks to Peggy McVickar for this listing.

 

*BOB DYLAN

Dylan, v, g; Michael Bloomfield, g; others unknown.

Warfield Theater, San Francisco, CA; November 18, 1980

 

Dylan Introduces Bloomfield           “Farewell Bloomfield,” Bootleg CD

Like a Rolling Stone

The Groom’s Still Waiting at the Altar

 

*THE USUAL SUSPECTS

Taj Mahal, v; Michael Bloomfield, g; Tom Stern, g; Markie Sanders, b; Doug Corrigan, d; Darol Anger, Ed Neff, vio; Joe Goldmark, ped stl; Nancy Hill, Tom Stern, Lee Parvin, bkgnd v.

San Francisco, CA; Late 1980

 

Blue Sea Blues                           “The Usual Suspects,” Tomistoma G8R

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD/WOODY HARRIS

Michael Bloomfield, g, p, v; Woody Harris, g; Maggie Edmondson, cello.

The Childe Harolde, Washington, D.C.; December 11, 1980

 

St. James Infirmary                             Live performance

Amazing Grace

Kansas City Blues

Other unknown titles

 

Author Jan Mark Wolkin, who was at this gig, recalled that an audience member asked Bloomfield to play a Beatles song in memory of John Lennon, who had been killed a few days earlier. Michael politely declined, saying he didn’t have any Beatle songs prepared, but then played “Amazing Grace” and dedicated it to Lennon.

 

Personnel as above.

Town Meeting House, Chester, CT; December 12, 1980

 

Sloppy Drunk                                     Bootleg CD

Women Lovin’ Each Other

You Took My Money

Rx for the Blues/Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out

I Think He’s Hiding

He Gives Us All His Love

God’s Song (That’s Why I Love Mankind)

Frankie & Johnny

Come Back Baby

Great Changes

Snowblind

Auburn Ravine*

How Green Was My Valley*

Reflections in the Water*

Nightsoil*

At the Cross**

Hi-Lo Waltz **

Over the Rainbow**

I'll Overcome**

Finger Fat**

 

These titles (*) are played by Harris and Edmondson alone, while these (**) are played by all three musicians.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, p, v.

Ira Kamin's home, Mill Valley, CA; December 31, 1980

 

Unknown titles                             Live performance

 

Ira Kamin recalled in an interview with Bill Keenom that the last time he saw Bloomfield was when Michael came to Ira's birthday party on New Year's Eve 1980. He was "so messed up," friends carried him in and then later had to carry him out. He spent the entire night playing piano.

 

 

1981

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, p, v.

Catalyst Club, Santa Cruz, CA; January 31, 1981

 

Don’t Brush My Teeth                 “Last Call,” Bootleg CD

Dark Road Blues

Mean Mistreater

I Don’t Know

Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out

Roll On, Buddy/Kansas City Blues

TB Blues

Country Mechanic

Untitled Short Instrumental

Frankie & Johnny

Feelin’ Good

Come On in My Kitchen

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, p, v.

Student Union, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA; February 2, 1981

 

Unknown titles                              Live performance

 

A fan reported this gig as occurring on the day Bloomfield died, but it actually took place on this date. Thanks to Peggy McVickar for this information. 

 

*DOUG SAHM

Doug Sahm, v, g; Michael Bloomfield, g; Speedy Sparks, b; other members of the Sir Douglas Quintet.

Catalyst Club, Santa Cruz, CA; February 1981

 

Unknown titles                           Live performance

 

The Sir Douglas Quintet shared the bill with Bloomfield at the Catalyst Club. Bloomfield sat in one evening and performed “a few Dylan tunes” with the band, including "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues," a song he'd originally recorded with Dylan in 1965.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD(?)

Michael Bloomfield, g, p, v; Bob Greenspan, g.

Belly-Up Tavern, Solana Beach, CA; February 1981

 

Unknown titles                         Live performance

 

This performance, a Bob Greenspan gig, may have been a post-February 15 booking and thus may have never happened.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, p(?), v.

San Francisco State College, San Francisco, CA; February 7(?), 1981

 

Unknown titles                              Live performance

 

Bloomfield performed a solo acoustic set at SFSC’s student union approximately one week before he died. Thanks to Bryan Barrow for this listing.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, p, v.

Reed Street, San Francisco, CA; February 13, 1981

 

Interview with Tom Yates and Kate Hayes                   Radio series on guitarists

 

Portions of this interview aired in 1981(?) on one of 36 hour-long programs called “Guitar: A Rock Episode.” The series also featured Duane Allman, Ted Nugent, Steve Winwood, Eric Clapton and Robin Trower, and were produced by TM Special Projects of Dallas. A dozen radio stations around the country and Canada were signed to air the shows.

 

MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD dies of an overdose on February 15, 1981, in San Francisco. He is 37 years old.

 

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