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SIEGEL-SCHWALL BLUES BAND

Blues-rock band formed mid-'60s in Chicago by Corky Siegel (vocals, harmonica, keyboards) and Jim Schwall (guitar) (both b c'42) who met at Roosevelt U., with Rollow Radford on bass (later toured with Sun Ra) and drummer Shelley Plotkin. Unlike the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, the "other' Chicago blues band leaned towards psychedelia. 11 LPs for Vanguard and RCA/Wooden Nickel incl. the first three, probably the best: Siegel Schwall Band, Say Siegel-Schwall, and Shake! Arguably the worst was the last, Three Pieces for Blues Band And Orchestra '73, written by Bill Russo (ex-Stan Kenton), with Seiji Ozawa and San Francisco Symphony on DGG (music from Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story on the other side): it was the only one to reach the top 200 LPs. They split early '74, reunited '87 for 15th anniversary party for WXRT in Chicago (Sam Lay on drums).