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06/09/1975

Quiet Knight Club
Chicago, IL
  • 500In Attendance
  • 7.50Ticket Price

Bands Played With

(no other acts)
About This Show
Band Lineup
  • Bob Marley (vocals, rhythm guitar)
  • Aston Barrett (bass)
  • Carlton Barrett (drums)
  • Al Anderson (lead guitar)
  • Tyrone Downie (keyboards)
  • Alvin Patterson (percussion)
  • The I-Threes (backing vocals)
  • Lee Jaffee (harmonica)
Notes

There are so many interesting notes about the show: no Marcia Griffiths on the tour; a new guitarist from upstate New York named Al Anderson touring with the band for the first time; Marley’s NYC herb dealer, a white hippie kid named Lee Jaffe, who blows the shit out of the harmonica on “Three O’clock Road Block” and “Talkin’ Blues” (Interestingly, Jaffe would go on to make moves in the industry, producing Peter Tosh’s ‘Legalize It’ album and shooting the iconic cover photo).

But most striking to me is Marley’s performance. As raw, as gritty, as grimy a performance you will hear from Marley. Clearly exhausted from touring and playing small cigarette smoke-filled gin and whiskey joints, his voice breaks throughout the show. The performance is a “soul sacrifice” for Marley, as he surely left a piece of it laying on stage that night. The crowd is raucous and lively. Think about this: they had never seen ANYTHING like this before. This was still entirely new in 1975. The crowd, and Marley’s interaction with it, bring a whole new element to this performance, primarily because the club is so small, and the crowd so close to him.

The performance is simply hard to believe, and if it were not documented here in superior soundboard quality, we never would have known it occurred.

ABOUT THE VENUE:

The Quiet Knight was a 60′s and 70′s era folk and jazz club owned by Richard Harg that originated on North Wells in Chicago and moved briefly to 953 West Belmont toward the end of its run. Many musicians got their start here including Bruce Springsteen (as opening act for the Persuasions). Blues legend Muddy Waters even had a weekly gig at the club.

Today, the old Quiet Knight is known as Milio’s Hair Salon. The list of bands that played this little hair salon include Tom Waits, R.E.M., Prince, Run D.M.C., The Cramps, Bauhaus, Echo And The Bunnymen, The Stray Cats, and Psychedelic Furs.

The second Smashing Pumpkins show on August 10, 1988 was there. Legendary Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin had not yet joined the band so they played with a drum machine, and they were on the second stage, which was in a back room. They weren’t good enough or ready for a front-room stage.

(special thanks to Midnight Raver Blog and Bob Marley Concerts for their help with information, commentary and audio assets)