1970. “Gasoline Alley” First of four early solo Rod Stewart albums Pete Sears would play on. Mostly on Piano, but a little bass as well.

Yeah, this was the first of four Rod Stew­art albums I played on way back in 1970. I played piano on “Coun­try Com­forts”, and bass on “Cut Across Shorty”. The next album was “Every Pic­ture Tell a Story”…I played piano on that one. I haven’t seen or spo­ken with Rod since I did his last British made album, “Smil­er in 1973…I scarpered off to San Fran­cis­co to join Jef­fer­son Star­ship and lost touch with the British music scene. We went in dif­fer­ent direc­tions any­way. I still speak with Ron­nie Wood occa­sion­al­ly though…but only see him when the Stones drift through the Bay Area. The bril­liant acoustic, jazz, blues, clas­si­cal gui­tarist Mar­tin Quit­ten­ton who was respon­si­ble for much of Rod’s ear­ly suc­cess in writ­ing became dis­gust­ed with the music busi­ness and became a recluse on the Celtic Island of Angle­sey off the coast of Wales. We were both ses­sion musi­cians on Rod’s four ear­ly albums, but right after my last one Smil­er, we had an instru­men­tal band togeth­er with John Ling­wood of Man­fred Mann, and Jazz pianist Max Mid­dle­ton. Island Records were inter­est­ed. Any­way, as I men­tioned, I went off to San Fran­cis­co, and Mar­tin left the music busi­ness. I did an inter­view for Clas­sic Rock Mag­a­zine to cel­e­brate “Every Pic­ture Tells a Sto­ry” a while back, and the Eng­lish inter­view­er told me he wasn’t able to find Mar­tin anywhere.…even his own broth­er didn’t know how to find him. Sort of a Syd Bar­rett style char­ac­ter. The amaz­ing drum­mer on all those ear­ly Rod Stew­art solo albums Mick Waller drunk him­self to death in Rich­mond, Lon­don. He was a close friend, and we’d toured togeth­er on the first Long John Baldry Blues tour of the U.S. Micky had also played with Jeff Beck. Great player…one of Char­lie Watts favorite drum­mers. Micky was an odd fellow…and Rod would play prac­ti­cal jokes on him.…but we were very close. I seem to be attract­ed to eccen­tric char­ac­ters as friends…hmmm?

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