“Hoy, Hoy, I’m Your Boy…”
I had the pleasure of seeing these guys twice–once in the Kit Kat Club, in Fort Wayne, IN and at Stache and Little Brothers, in Columbus, OH, (both now defunct) where I actually met Big Twist and talked with him for a bit. He graciously signed an LP of his I had brought along.
Ever dapper, always dressed and pressed to the nines, when Twist laid it down, it stayed laid. And the Fellows were simply awe-inspiring; a well-oiled, groove machine that LOVED to surprise. Individually, they were virtuosos; together, they simply blistered.
At Stache’s, they opened (sans Twist) with an arrestingly beautiful rendition of Chick Corea’s “Spain,” before moving on to Henry Mancicni’s “Peter Gun” Theme, which had the crowd up long before Twist even took the stage. We stayed up all night. While this video doesn’t do them justice, it’s one of my personal favorites, “Three Hundred Pounds of Heavenly Joy.”
Big Twist left us behind in 1990. After Twist’s death, the band changed its name to the Chicago Rhythm & Blues Kings, and they continue to delight audiences everywhere they play. Hope you enjoy this rare clip of Big Twist and the Mellow Fellows.