Well All Right – Blind Faith

THIS DAY IN MUSIC………………………………………on June 7th of 1969 one of Rock’s first Super Groups, Blind Faith played their only live performance in Hyde Park, London in front of an estimated 120,000 people. Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Ginger Baker and Rick Gretch produced just one album together, which included the songs,”Well All Right” “Can’t Find My Way Home” and “Presence of the Lord”. “Well All Right” is the only track on the legendary Blind Faith album not written by a member of Blind Faith. Instead, it is credited to four unrelated people: Norman Petty, Buddy Holly, Jerry Allison, and Joe B. Mauldin. Buddy Holly was of course deceased 10 years before this album, and the other three names tie back to him – Allison and Mauldin being bandmates with Holly and Petty his producer, so it’s no mystery that it’s a Buddy Holly song. Blind Faith was a supergroup composed of Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, Steve Winwood, and Ric Grech. As is the rule for supergroups, it formed quickly, launched with a stellar amount of hype, and broke up almost before anyone could catch their breath. Typical of a supergroup, they leave in their wake a thrilling legend and an album that is a highly sought-after collector’s item. The book, Seventies Rock – The Decade of Creative Chaos by Frank Moriarty, mentions one thing that doomed the group was that the studios, which were already making big bucks off Blind Faith, rushed them onto their promotional tour before they’d had time to gel. As such, fans and they themselves identified more as pieces of other groups than they did as their own group. Steve Winwood recalls: “When it came down to it, we failed because we couldn’t resist requests for hits. Ginger did a drum solo and they thought it was Cream, so we chucked in an old Cream song, then I put in a Traffic song, and the identity of the band was killed stone dead.” Blind Faith’s one and only LP topped the album charts in the UK, Canada and USA, and was listed at No. 40 on the USA Soul Albums chart. It has been certified platinum by the RIAA.