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John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band and the classic performance of Instant Karma on BBC TV’s Top Of The Pops Feb 12th 1970

Left to right – John Lennon [vocals & piano], Yoko Ono [knitting & Kotex eyewear], the Beatles’ road manager Mal Evans [tambourine], BP Fallon [bass guitar & hat], the Apple Records official House Hippy Richard DiLello [camera], Klaus Voorman [bass guitar] and Alan White [drums].

‘Instant Karma’ produced by Phil Spector.

"Instant Karma's gonna get you..."

The following week John Lennon was to be heard being interviewed on BBC radio by Emperor Rosko and telling his host “BP Fallon playing the bass guitar, that’s concept art”.

“I can’t play bass” says BP today, laughing, “but it’s better than whacking a tambourine into John’s left ear and almost putting him off his singing”. Which – as our next two pictures show – is what BP did the previous week on the Top Of The Pops of February 5th 1970…

Instant Karma: John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band TOTP Feb 5th 1970
– click link to see

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BP Fallon tambourine, Yoko Ono conceptualist, Klaus Voorman bass guitar, John Lennon vocals/piano, Alan White drums

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Hope – BP Fallon & Yoko Ono

“And we all shine on…” ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪

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Two Dodgy Geezers – BP Fallon presents Ian McLagan with the album ‘Still Legal’ on which Mac plays Hammond organ. Photography by Crystal at The Lucky Lounge, Austin, Texas

BP Fallon writes:
It’s a year ago today since Ian McLagan died. It was so shocking, this effervescent man so suddenly gone. I heard the news from Austin and in New York I wept. Can I tell you how amazing Mac was/is? No need. You know. Magical on the keyboards, magical as a man, twinkling onwards through any passing storms… Ian ‘Mac’ McLagan of Small Faces/Faces, played with The Stones, was in Dylan’s band, in The New Barbarians with his chums Keith and Ronnie and the mighty Bobby Keys. And so on, including gracing the BP Fallon & The Bandits album with his incredible Hammond organ.

I found this old message that Mac had sent me on FB in 2011. He said “Lots of love BP. If I ever download those pics from my UK phone there’s a bunch of great ones of us from upstairs at Whelans. See you soon Mac x”. Whelans is a venue in Dublin where Mac had played and we’d had such fun. I never dreamed then that one day he’d play on our record. Well, I never dreamed I’d make records, it never occurred to me. Then it happens. Amazing. I’m so honoured that Mac played with us.

These pictures below are our little tribute to the great Ian McLagan. I wish he was still here with us. I love him. It breaks my heart.

– BP Fallon Dec 3rd 2015

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Ian McLagan & BP Fallon during the recording of the BP Fallon & The Bandits album ‘Still Legal’ at Red Horse Studio in Austin, Texas. Photography by Radek

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Mac recording with The Bandits – guitarist Aaron Lee Tasjan hips him to a suggested vibe and Mac’s on it. Photography by BP Fallon

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Eat your heart out Booker T! Photography by Radek

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Bandit bassman Nigel Harrison from Blondie tells Mac what kind of shirts the Small Faces were wearing when he first saw them play live. Photography by Radek

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Dinner at Red Horse Ranch – Mac’s friend and publicist Jo Rae DiMenno and Mac well chill & Nigel is spacing out at the ultra-ness of it all. Another fantastic dinner, thank you Jimmy & Harper Quill. Photography by BP Fallon

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But it wasn’t all fun & laughter, there were deep moments of sombre reflection too, of loved ones departed too early from this world… Photography by Radek

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Yet even in the dark, Mac was a beacon of light – BP Fallon, Hector Munoz, Clem Burke, Ian McLagan & Aaron Lee Tasjan having a vibe under the stars at Red Horse Ranch. Photography by Radek

And!

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Ronnie Wood at home in Ireland with he and BP talking on the speaker phone to Ian McLagan at home in Austin, 1997. Photography by BP Fallon

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The mighty Howlin’ Wolf & his very young keyboard player Mac

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The magical Small Faces – Kenney Jones & Ronnie Lane & Steve Marriott with out front Ian McLagan

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When Mac was playing in The Rolling Stones, he & Ronnie & Mick went to see Muddy Waters in southside Chicago at the down-home Chequerboard Lounge

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You’re Never Alone With A Hat – Bob Dylan & his merry band 1984 – Colin Allen (drums) & Ian McLagan (keyboards) & Greg Sutton (bass) & Mick Taylor (guitar)

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The New Barbarians 1979 – drummer Ziggy Modeliste from The Meters & ace sax man Bobby Keys & jazz man bassist Stanley Clarke & the triad of Ian McLagan (keyboard/bvs) & Keith Richards & Ronnie Wood (guitars/vocals)

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Two Dodgy Geezers. Nice stitching! 🙂

And flash to Austin in March this year:


‘Upward and Onward’- Ian ‘Mac’ McLagan Remembered

A bunch of Ian McLagan’s friends gathered at SXSW in Austin earlier this year to pay tribute to their pal.

On the panel – singers BP Fallon and Patty Griffin both of whom Mac recorded with, bass-player Jon Notarthomas of Ian McLagan & The Bump Band who played with Mac solo too, KUTX radio personality Jody Denberg, Jo Rae DiMenno who did Mac’s press and David Fricke Senior Editor of Rolling Stone.

Says BP Fallon here – “What is stardom? Stardom is generosity of spirit and the joy of life made contagious and in that context Ian McLagan was as big a star as anyone”.

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BP talks about Mac watched by Patty Griffin and David Fricke. Photography by Radek

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David Fricke & BP Fallon & Jody Denberg & Jo Rae Di Menno & Patty Griffin & Jon Notarthomas. Photography by Radek


Ian McLagan with Patty Griffin – ‘Never Say Never’ – The David Letterman Show

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Ian McLagan’s home in Austin. Photography by BP Fallon

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Ian ‘Mac’ McLagan. May 12th 1945 – December 3rd 2014.
Photography by Theresa DiMenno

Rest In Peace, Mac. And thank you. We love you x

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Happy Happy 70th Birthday Debbie Harry x
BP Fallon & Debbie Harry at Electric Picnic, Ireland 2014. Photography by Radek

Happy Happy 70th Birthday Debbie Harry !!!

We’re always touched by your presents, dear…

BP Fallon & Debbie Harry first met in London in 1977, introduced by Blondie’s English bass-player Nigel Harrison with whom BP had worked in 1972/1973 with the magnificent ripped-velvet roses-in-the-gutter punk group Silverhead. Blondie were doing their first-ever UK tour, supporting Television.

Here we present a unique collection of photographs of these two rock’n’roll legends Debbie & BP… and friends including former New York Doll David Johansen, BP Fallon & The Bandits whose lineup includes Nigel Harrison & Clem Burke from Blondie plus Aaron Lee Tasjan, Scott Asheton from The Stooges God bless him, Barry Cadogan from Primal Scream… and also here, The Strypes.. and even Ben E King, God bless him too.

Picture this!

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Debbie in Dublin 2011. Photography by BP Fallon

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Debbie in her dressing-room at the Joey Ramone Birthday Bash NYC 2001. Photography by BP Fallon

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Two Dolls – David Johansen & Debbie perform at the at The 34th Annual John Lennon Tribute, New York City 2014. Photography by BP Fallon

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Stand By Me – Ben E King & Debbie at The 34th Annual John Lennon Tribute, New York City 2014. Photography by BP Fallon

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BP & Debbie chinwagging outside the Blondie exhibition at The Chelsea Hotel Gallery NYC 2014. Photography by Bob Gruen

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Blondie ‘Parallel Lines’ photo-session out-take 1977 – Nigel Harrison (bass guitar) & Frank Infante (guitar) & Chris Stein (guitar) & Debbie Harry (vocals) & Clem Burke (drums) & Jimmy Destri (keyboards). Photography by Edo Bertoglio

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No Debbie – BP Fallon & The Bandits’ very first gig, Austin 2010 – Aaron Lee Tasjan (guitar) & Clem Burke (drums) & BP Fallon (vocals) & Nigel Harrison (bass guitar). Photography by Bob Gruen

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Blondie – Union City Blue 45 written by Debbie Harry/Nigel Harrison – Nigel Harrison & Chris Stein & Clem Burke & Jimmy Destri & Frank Infante & Debbie Harry, New York 1979

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BP Fallon & The Bandits 2013 – Nigel Harrison & Aaron Lee Tasjan & BP Fallon & Barry Cadogan & Scott Asheton RIP & Clem Burke. Photography by Christopher Durst

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Debbie & Clem. Photographer unknown

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BP & Debbie, Austin 2014. Photography by Linda Carbone

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Charlotte Kemp Muhl & BP Fallon at Blondie, Austin 2014. Photography by Glen Brown

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Clem & Debbie & The Strypes

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BP Fallon & The Strypes with Clem – Ross Farrelly (guitar/backing vocals) & BP Fallon (vocals) & Josh McClorey (guitar/backing vocals) & hidden Evan Walsh (drums) & Pete O’Hanlon (bass guitar) & Clem Burke (cowbell) – Lou Reed Tribute Concert, Austin 2014. Photography by Christopher Durst

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One Dodgy Geezer – Electric Picnic in Ireland. Photography by Radek

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Debbie Harry In The Flesh. Photography by Chris Stein

xxx

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Wholly Holy – Tony Visconti & BP Fallon & Woody Woodmansey. Photography by Gaz

At The Olympia Theatre in Dublin last night, Holy Holy played. Who? BP Fallon introduced them on stage and this explains it.

BP’s intro speech

“Tony Visconti… the great Tony Visconti… you know he produced Thin Lizzy too… my friend Tony Visconti.

“We met in 1967, in London. Denny Cordell the record producer, the brilliant Denny Cordell, he was producing The Move and Joe Cocker at Olympic Studios. And with Denny was this guy working as the engineer, this guy who’d come over from America – Tony Visconti.

“Fast forward a little bit – I was in Denny’s office and he said ‘Hey, would you like to hear this group that Tony’s going to be producing? Personally, I think they’re dreadful’. So down this little corridor and into this little room and there’s Tony and these two guys playing and sitting on the floor – Steve Peregrin Took… and Marc Bolan – Tyrannosaurus Rex.

“So… I end up working with Tyrannosaurus Rex – T.Rex – I was the mental guru, Purple Browed Beep, and Tony Visconti was their record producer.

“And at the same time Tony was producing this One Hit Wonder – he’d had a hit with ‘Space Oddity’ – David Bowie. Tony was in David Bowie’s group Hype and then they made this album ‘The Man Who Sold The World’, Tony producing and playing on it. It didn’t sell many copies but without it there would have been no Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars.

“So tonight – with Woody Woodmansey who was the drummer on ‘The Man Who Sold The World’ and then a Spider in The Spiders From Mars, ‘The Man Who Sold The World’ live by Tony Visconti and Woody and friends in this special band that they’ve put together – ladies and gentlemen! – HOLY HOLY!”

And the gig was a gas – ‘TMWSTW’ from beginning to end plus many more magical Bowie songs a go-go, with Glenn Gregory handling the DB vocals and the punters going totally bonkers. Yup.

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Holy Holy – Tony Visconti (bottom left) & Woody Woodmansey (bottom right) play David Bowie’s 1970 ‘The Man Who Sold The World’ album

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Hyperman aka Tony Visconti & David Bowie in their group Hype – The Roundhouse, London 1970

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Tony Visconti gives it some bass. Photography by BP Fallon

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“Thank you for being such an incredible audience!”. Woody Woodmansey & Tony Visconti. Photography by BP Fallon

Dedicated with love & respect to the memories of
Mick Ronson & Trevor Bolder – Spiders From Mars & beyond.
Mick: May 26th 1946 – 29 April 29th 1993
Trevor: June 9th 1950 – May 21st 2013
God bless you, gentlemen. RIP

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xxx

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‘Upward and Onward’- Ian ‘Mac’ McLagan Remembered

Ian McLagan died suddenly last December in his adopted home town of Austin. Today would have been Mac’s 70th birthday.

A bunch of his friends gathered at SXSW this year to pay tribute to their pal, this very loved man who’d been the keyboard player in the Small Faces, The Faces, with the Stones and in Dylan’s band and so much more, so much more.

On the panel – singers BP Fallon and Patty Griffin both of whom Mac recorded with, bass-player Jon Notarthomas of Ian McLagan & The Bump Band who played with Mac solo too, KUTX radio personality Jody Denberg, Jo Rae Di Menno who did Mac’s press and David Fricke Senior Editor of Rolling Stone.

Says BP Fallon here – “What is stardom? Stardom is generosity of spirit and the joy of life made contagious and in that context Ian McLagan was as big a star as anyone”.

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BP talks about Mac watched by Patty Griffin and David Fricke. Photography by Radek

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David Fricke & BP Fallon & Jody Denberg & Jo Rae Di Menno & Patty Griffin & Jon Notarthomas. Photography by Radek


Ian McLagan with Patty Griffin ~ ‘Never Say Never’ ~ The David Letterman Show

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Ian McLagan & BP Fallon during the recording of the BP Fallon & The Bandits album ‘Still Legal’. Photography by Radek

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Even in the dark Mac was a beacon of light. Recording at Red Horse Ranch Studio ~ BP Fallon, Hector Munoz, Clem Burke, Ian McLagan & Aaron Lee Tasjan. Photography by Radek

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Ian McLagan’s home in Austin. Photography by BP Fallon

Ian ‘Mac’ McLagan
May 12th 1945 – 3 Dec 2014
Rest In Peace, Mac. And thank you. We love you x

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