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• David Blue was born on 18th February 1941. He wasn’t born David Blue, of course, but Stuart David Cohen and he came from Providence, Rhode Island. He moved to Greenwich Village in the early ‘60s and one day saw Bob Dylan writing the song that would become the great folk anthem ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’. Bob asked David to play the chords while he would create the verses. It was performed that night at Gerde’s Folk City.

• Once Bob Dylan made it, record companies came looking around Greenwich Village for potential artists. However, there was already a Dave Cohen performing in the village, who later joined Country Joe and the Fish. Our Dave Cohen told folk singer Eric Andersen that he would have to change his name and Eric said, “You’ve got such blue eyes. You should be David Blue”. When Dylan heard of his new name, he started laughing and sang “It’s all over now, David Blue”. When Bob Dylan had his motor cycle accident in 1966, David Blue sent him a note “It’s been done already” – a reference to James Dean. While Bob was recovering, he was recording with the band and David can be seen on the cover of The Basement Tapes – he is sitting to the right of Mrs Henry.

• The Reprise album, “These 23 Days In September” was released in 1968. It was produced by Gabriel Mekler who was producing Steppenwolf. Gabriel played piano and Bob Rafkin, guitar.

• His first album for the newly-formed Asylum label – “Stories” (1972) – had a self-portrait on its cover. The album featured some magical slide guitar from Ry Cooder. The musicians on the album include Rita Coolidge, Chris Ethridge, Milt Holland and Russ Kunkel, which is pretty much an A-Team.

• Graham Nash, then a superstar with Crosby, Stills and Nash, produced the album “Nice Baby And The Angel” in 1973. Background vocals included Graham Nash, Dave Mason, Glenn Frey and Jennifer Warren. Glenn Frey was so taken with the track ‘Outlaw Man’ that he took it to The Eagles and it was featured on their album “Desperado”.

• “Cupid’s Arrow” released in 1976 was produced by Barry Goldberg and featured Jesse Ed Davis and the Liverpool musician Jackie Lomax. The title track was written about protest singer Phil Ochs and it was sung at his memorial concert.

TRACK LISTING
DISC ONE: THESE 23 DAYS IN SEPTEMBER
1. THESE 23 DAYS IN SEPTEMBER
2. AMBITIOUS ANNA
3. YOU NEED A CHANGE
4. THE GRAND HOTEL
5. THE SAILOR’S LAMENT
6. YOU WILL COME BACK AGAIN
7. SCALES FOR A WINDOW THIEF
8. SLOW AND EASY
9. THE FIFTH ONE
STORIES
10. LOOKING FOR A FRIEND
11. SISTER ROSE
12. ANOTHER ONE LIKE ME
13. HOUSE OF CHANGING FACES
14. MARIANNE
15. FIRE IN THE MORNING
16. COME ON JOHN
17. THE BLUES (ALL NIGHT LONG)

DISC TWO: NICE BABY AND THE ANGEL
1. OUTLAW MAN
2. LADY O’LADY
3. TRUE TO YOU
4. ON SUNDAY, ANY SUNDAY
5. DARLIN’ JENNY
6. DANCING GIRL
7. YESTERDAYS LADY
8. NICE BABY AND THE ANGEL
9. TROUBADOUR SONG
10. TRAIN TO ANAHEIM
CUPID’S ARROW
11. RUN, RUN, RUN
12. THE BALLAD OF JENNIFER LEE
13. TOM’S SONG
14. I FEEL BAD
15. CORDELIA
16. MARIA, MARIA
17. CUPID’S ARROW
18. PRIMEVAL TUNE
19. SHE’S GOT YOU

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TRACK LISTING
DISC ONE: THESE 23 DAYS IN SEPTEMBER
1. THESE 23 DAYS IN SEPTEMBER
2. AMBITIOUS ANNA
3. YOU NEED A CHANGE
4. THE GRAND HOTEL
5. THE SAILOR’S LAMENT
6. YOU WILL COME BACK AGAIN
7. SCALES FOR A WINDOW THIEF
8. SLOW AND EASY
9. THE FIFTH ONE
STORIES
10. LOOKING FOR A FRIEND
11. SISTER ROSE
12. ANOTHER ONE LIKE ME
13. HOUSE OF CHANGING FACES
14. MARIANNE
15. FIRE IN THE MORNING
16. COME ON JOHN
17. THE BLUES (ALL NIGHT LONG)

DISC TWO: NICE BABY AND THE ANGEL
1. OUTLAW MAN
2. LADY O’LADY
3. TRUE TO YOU
4. ON SUNDAY, ANY SUNDAY
5. DARLIN’ JENNY
6. DANCING GIRL
7. YESTERDAYS LADY
8. NICE BABY AND THE ANGEL
9. TROUBADOUR SONG
10. TRAIN TO ANAHEIM
CUPID’S ARROW
11. RUN, RUN, RUN
12. THE BALLAD OF JENNIFER LEE
13. TOM’S SONG
14. I FEEL BAD
15. CORDELIA
16. MARIA, MARIA
17. CUPID’S ARROW
18. PRIMEVAL TUNE
19. SHE’S GOT YOU
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