Duffy began his music career as one of the famous Larry Parnes rock'n'roll stable of artists during the 1950's. Upon discovering the Blues at the turn of the decade Duffy left Larry Parnes, got a new deal with Parlophone and hooked up with R&B organist Graham Bond. The following years saw Duffy move in the same club circles as many R&B and Folk Blues artists such as Alexis Korner, Georgie Fame, Davey Graham, Bert Jansch.
Today Duffy is still held in high regard as a pioneer folk blues performer, as a singer, harmonica player, songwriter. An article all about his BBC radio recordings was published two months ago in Record Collector, a collection of them has just been issued by HUX, and Duffy is mentioned all the way through the recent Bert Jansch biography.
Duffys R&B archive is presented across 2 CDs ; Disc One is Duffy from 1962-1964, his first session for Parlophone, singles and unreleased session recordings backed by Graham Bond, then backed by R&B group the Paramounts, followed by the Fentones with drummer Ginger Baker. It has all his sought after Parlophone singles, unreleased sessions and the first version of I Saw Here Standing There which was rejected by the Beatles because it was "too jazzy".
Disc two are the recordings made during 1965-1967, sessions on which Duffy is largely backed by John McLaughlin, Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, and consists of two singles and the rest being the then unreleased sessions.