New information (subsequent to the publication of the book)
1. Johann Haidenbauer pointed out this Sri Chinmoy film Awakening (1974), which appeared on youtube towards in mid 2013. There is certainly an earlier Chinmoy film involving John, but he can be heard (in concert with Carlos Santana at one of Sri’s devotional concerts) towards the end. Carlos can be seen on film, but not John:
2. I referred, in BIL, to Ian Samwell and John McLaughlin having had songwriting sessions in the middle ‘60s but believed that nothing had survived. Johann Haidenbauer once again comes up with the unexpected: a 1967 single on Polydor by Linda Lewis, the B-side of which is ‘Do You Believe In Love?’ by Samwell/McLaughlin. The song is produced by Ian Samwell, arranged by Reg Guest and is a typical pop/soul number of the period. JM may or may not have been on the recording.
3. Johann also suggests the Anvil Films Studio session on June 27 1968 with Howard Blake (organ/piano) and for a score by Basil Kirchin, may possibly have been for a film called The Strange Affair (1968) which apparently has a lot of guitar noodling on the soundtrack. Neither of us has heard it yet.
4. Gary Husband, no less (drummer with John McLaughlin’s 4th Dimension among many other activities) points out that I got a detail wrong about drummer Ronnie Verrall - eventually known for his fame as The Muppet Show drummer, with whom John recorded in 1965 on the British Percussion LP. I said in BIL that Ronnie was formerly the drummer for Stan Kenton's Orchestra, but I stand corrected: Ronnie was the star drummer in the 1950s for the great UK band The Ted Heath Orchestra.
5. Noticed by myself post-publication: the lone TV thing which Shakti did in 1974 (referred to be John) was on NYC show Speakeasy on 23 June 1974. Charles Lloyd and Beach Boy Mike Love were also on the show and jammed ‘Cailfornia Girls’ with John. The episode survives in master form but doesn’t circulate. Here’s off-air audio of the jam:
6. Also uploaded onto youtube post-publication is this UK TV South Bank Show feature on John from 1977. Aside from featuring some fabulous playing, John reveals in it that he was, for a period, in the house band of BBC TV show Top Of The Pops (in the 1960s):
7. Some extra bits of Duffy Power/John McLaughlin information: I noticed post-publication that in his own notes to RPM’s 2006 CD reissue of his 1973 self-titled album (which has itself not connection to John), Duffy refers in passing to an earlier version of his song ‘Love Is Shelter’, the writing of which he dated to 1968. He notes: ‘I got the chance to record it with the Duffy’s Nucleus personnel for George Martin. On that recording I also played amplified guitar with John McLaughlin. I long ago gave the only copy of that I had to Andrew Loog Oldham to listen to, but I never liked to ask him for it back.’ If Duffy says he recorded it with John, Danny Thompson and Terry Cox – with George Martin producing, no less - I don’t doubt it, though that would put the date of writing to 1966 or early 1967. Either way, the recording is lost. However, Johann Haidenbauer points us in the direction of this unreleased late 60s Duffy Power track (No.10 on the list in this link) from a cache of tapes associated with Oldham’s Immediate Records:
While it’s a typically fabulous Duffy track, neither of us can ‘hear’ John McLaughlin in there. Duffy never released anything on Immediate, but that’s not to say he never recorded anything for them (post Nucleus). The label collapsed in 1969. Andrew Oldham co-produced Duffy’s 1973 LP, mentioned above.
8. John’s Ealing address, 1968: I noticed an entry for John Stevens, John M’s brief 1968 neighbour, in a mid 70s UK jazz directory. His address was Flat 4, 14 Blacksley Avenue, London, W5. John M would have been Flat 1 or 2.
9. The continuing adventures of Pete Brown’s First Real Poetry Band… During a research sweep recently of 1967 Melody Maker Folk Forum pages (for a forthcoming book on Irish piping), I chanced upon this unlikely advert:
‘Tuesday 27 1967, Les Cousins 7.30 – 11.30pm [Cousins was the premier bohemian folk cellar in Soho] – Pete Brown & His Poetry Band with Danny Thompson, Johnny McCloughlin [sic] and Laurie Allan. Folk, blues, jazz and free music.’
One has to hand it to Pete Brown – convincing a folk venue, however cutting edge it was in that scene, that the FRPB had ANY kind of link to folk music! The Spontaneous Music Ensemble also played Les Cousins two or three times, though they never pretended to be a folk act. The above date was the very last piece of info that made it into the eBook edition of Bathed In Lightning, with seconds to spare.