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Johnny Almond

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Johnny Almond 29 July 1946 – 18 November 2009 was a British saxophonist, who is best known for his recordings with the Alan Price Set, Fleetwood Mac, John Mayall and Mark-Almond


  • 1 Biography
  • 2 Discography
    • 21 Session musician
    • 22 Solo work
    • 23 Band member
    • 24 Mark-Almond
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links


Johnny Almond was born in Enfield, Middlesex, England He played in Zoot Money's Big Roll Band and the Alan Price Set Among others he worked as a session musician with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Chicken Shack and Fleetwood Mac

In 1969 he had founded Johnny Almond's Music Machine and had recorded two solo records "Patent Pending" and "Hollywood Blues" On "Patent Pending" Almond is accompanied by Geoff Condon, Alan White, Jimmy Crawford, Steve Hammond, Roger Sutton and Johnny Wiggins On "Hollywood Blues" he jams with Curtis Amy, Hadley Caliman, Joe Harris, Charles Kynard, Ray Neapolitan, Joe Pass, Earl Palmer und Vi Redd

In the same year he joined John Mayall's post-Bluesbreakers with whom he toured and recorded The Turning Point 1969 and Empty Rooms 1969 There he met Jon Mark with whom he decided to form Mark-Almond

Mark-Almond's first two albums, Mark-Almond 1971 and Mark-Almond II 1972 were recorded for Bob Krasnow's Blue Thumb label, and were noted for their embossed envelope-style album covers For the first album, "The Ghetto" received many plaudits and from the second "One Way Sunday" was a hit for them in the United States and received radio airplay on album-oriented rock stations in Boston, Massachusetts in 1970 The group then recorded two albums for Columbia Records, Rising 1972 and the live album, Mark-Almond 73 1973, by which time the group's members had grown to seven

"What Am I Living For" from Mark-Almond 73 gained the group the most US radio airplay they would get, but nevertheless they disbanded later that year

Notable musicians, who have recorded or toured with Mark-Almond include drummer Dannie Richmond, drummer Billy Cobham, violinist Greg Bloch, keyboardist Tommy Eyre and bassist Roger Sutton Eyre and Sutton later teamed in Riff Raff A&M Records signed the duo in 1978 and released Other Peoples Rooms, but the record did not sell as well as earlier releases Mark-Almond disbanded again in the mid 1980s, after releasing two decent albums, Tuesday in New York' 1980 and a live offering The Last & Live 1981 In 1996 Mark-Almond reunited again for a CD release, Night Music, which featured keyboardist Mike Nock and others

Almond lived in the San Francisco Bay Area He occasionally surprised local bar owners, arriving with his sax to jam, some of which was recorded, including a rendition of "Stormy Monday"

He died on 18 November 2009 from cancer, aged 63 in Hayward, California, United States


Session musician

  • John Mayall's Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton 1966
  • John Mayall's Blues Breakers: A Hard Road 1967
  • Chicken Shack: 40 Blue Fingers, Freshly Packed and Ready to Serve 1968
  • Fleetwood Mac: Mr Wonderful 1968
  • Chicken Shack: OK Ken 1969
  • John Mayall: Looking Back 1969
  • Martha Velez: Fiends and Angels 1969
  • Keef Hartley Band: Album – Overdog 1971

Solo work

  • Patent Pending 1969
  • Hollywood Blues 1970

Band member

  • John Mayall: The Turning Point 1969
  • John Mayall: Empty Rooms 1969


  • Mark-Almond 1971
  • Mark-Almond II 1972
  • Rising 1972
  • 73 1973
  • To the Heart 1976
  • Other Peoples Rooms 1978
  • Tuesday in New York 1980
  • Last & Live 1981
  • Night Music 1996


  1. ^ "Cherry Red" Shopcherryredcouk Retrieved 12 August 2017 
  2. ^ Doc Rock "The Dead Rock Stars Club 2009 July to December" Thedeadrockstarsclubcom Retrieved 2014-07-12 

External links

  • Andrew Gilbert: Johnny Almond, unknown musician legend, plays Santa Cruz
  • Obituary John Almond
  • Rolling Stone Encyclopedia: Mark-Almond Band
  • allmusic-Biografie: Mark-Almond
  • Mark-Almond Band
  • Mark-Almond

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