One of Pete Goodall’s oldest mates in the music industry, they have had a mutual admiration club for over 40 years.
As at January 2014 Pete and Kim, Gerry’s wife are compiling the missing links in Gerry’s history and these, together with a new album will be finished by the end of 2014.
In the meantime, the following are extracts from Gerry’s Facebook pages “Keith Degroot aka Gerry Temple”
“Some people are impressed by names, so here’s a few: A quick Google of Keith Degroot will reveal, amongst others, a 1968 LP with Jimmy Page, Nick Hopkins, Clem Cattini, John Paul Jones (Keith introduced Jimmy to John), Albert Lee, Big Jim Sulliven etc on a rock revival album called ‘No Introduction’.
Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones….. the origins of Zep!
Just a tiny bit of Keith’s 50 years of Rock ‘n’Roll: Effectively starting as a British Buddy Holly with Joe Meeks Triumph Label aged 15. 1st record release January 6th 1961 ‘No More Tomorrows’. Keith says “The record is now worth more than I ever got in royalties!”. See Bert Jansch’s 1st LP; Keith wrote the sleeve notes and did the 1st ever Pentangle gigs on vocals, conga and harmonica. Lead harmony on ‘Out of Time’ Chris Farlowe’s Thunderbirds – that’s Keith. Check out the harmonica on Farlowes’ version (the best!) of ‘Handbags And Gladrags’ – Keith again. And no matter what R. Stewart or anyone else says; that’s Keith on ‘My Girl Lollipop’. Likewise he played congas on Donovans’s First There is a Mountain’.
Keith sat on the roof of the building opposite The Hotel Pacific, Hamburg, with Lennon in 1962 after they set fire to the hotel and watched the whores and johns run for it, on Pethadine and Schnapps! Where was I – oh yeah; Keith was supposed to be in the car that crashed killing Eddie Cochrane – but he overslept and got a train to the gig in Southampton instead!
Vincent Crane, Atomic Rooster mk5? A million recording sessions. Keith gave up earning a good living, and lots of fringe benefits, in 1978, but has always had a band: “Vetz?? it’s just a sound, doesn’t really mean anything – veterans, Vietnam, veterinary? dunno”. This is about the 20th line up? “Never really made it but having a darn good ball”.
Gerry in the Early Days – The Laurie Jay Combo
So Wha’ ‘appened?
Keith De Groot is one of those names that flickers only briefly across the average fan’s mind, courtesy of just one performance — as lead vocalist on one of the manifold superstar jam albums recorded in the U.K. during the late ’60s.
In late 1968 — that is, close to a year before the formal launch of Led Zeppelin — Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones were side by side at Olympic Studios, cutting the first album by Keith De Groot, an exciting new singer discovered by producer Reg Tracey. His distinctive vocals, however, were swiftly to be overshadowed by his backing band.
The original stars of the show were the twin guitars of Albert Lee and Big Jim Sullivan. Keyboards were the province of Nicky Hopkins; Chris Hughes came in on saxophone; the drum slot was filled by Clem Cattini; and the atmosphere in the studio was one of barely restrained delight. Watching from the control booth, Tracey and engineer Glyn Johns swiftly realized that there was little to be gained from trying to marshal the sessions in any conventional manner. Rather, it was far more productive to simply point the musicians at a song, then let them get on with it.
Nine songs had been completed when disaster struck — a session was booked, but neither Lee nor Sullivan were going to be able to make it. Casting around for suggestions, Tracey quickly settled on Page, calling him in for the last round of recordings — a total of five songs. The sessions complete, however, Tracey had no alternative but to completely re-evaluate the results. Though he turned in a fine performance, De Groot himself had been utterly sidelined by the sheer weight of talent arrayed behind him. Indeed, as Tracey listened to the tapes, it swiftly became clear that what had started life as an unknown singer’s solo album had instead been transformed into the ultimate rock & roll party album, as performed by some of the ultimate rock & roll party animals.
A deal with the British record label Spark was duly arranged and the album, beguilingly titled No Introduction Necessary, was released in late 1968. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it did little — although all of the featured players were famous enough on the session circuit, to the average man in the street, their names meant nothing. A year or so later, and No Introduction Necessary may have been able to take advantage of the Led Zeppelin boom. But by then, it had already been deleted. It would not see the light of day again for close to another two decades.
In 2014 Pete Goodall has persuaded Gerry to ride the rock n roll waves again! They’ve started on a new album at Speakeasy and you can make this your Christmas present for 2015!