2001. “Pete Sears & the Dawn Patrol” back up our close friend “Francis Clay” who was drummer with “The Muddy Waters Band” and many other blues greats.

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2001. “Pete Sears & the Dawn Patrol” back up our close friend “Fran­cis Clay” who was drum­mer with “The Mud­dy Waters Band” and many oth­er blues greats.

Fran­cis had become a poet of some renown, and had recit­ed a p he wrote called “Mis­sis­sip­pi” on my “The Long Haul” album. I had asked him to come up with a poem about his life in music, which he recit­ed over a slow blues.
He didn’t men­tion some of his more con­tro­ver­sial stories…like the time Fran­cis was hang­ing out with Mud­dy when Willie Dixon entered the room with some lyrics that need­ed music. After Willie left, Mud­dy appar­ent­ly asked Fran­cis to go down­stairs and work some­thing up with the band. He came up with a groove and some changes and wait­ed for Mud­dy. Mud­dy lat­er came in and sang the lyrics Willie had giv­en him. Fran­cis says he nev­er got any cred­it or roy­al­ties for his contribution…Francis is no longer with us. He was a tal­ent­ed, intel­li­gent man, a won­der­ful musi­cian and a good friend…who knows what real­ly hap­pened; but that sort of thing did used to hap­pen back in those days.
Fran­cis is recit­ing poet­ry with us in this shot. — with Fran­cis Clay and Dav­ey Pat­ti­son.

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