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Newell performed guitar and sang, however was most famous for his harmonica enjoying. His stage identify was taken from the King Biscuit Flour Hour, an early American blues broadcast. He was given the identify by Ronald “Ronnie” Hawkins, a pioneering rock and roll musician, whereas he was a part of Hawkins’ back-up band.
Newell reportedly began his profession by stealing his first harmonica (Marine Band, key of B) from a joke store close to his residence on Hamilton Mountain, Hamilton, Ontario.
Newell performed with The Barons (later renamed Son Richard and the Chessmen) from 1961 to 1965, adopted by a stint with The Midknights and in the summertime of 1969 helped to kind And Many Others, which was Ronnie Hawkins’ backing band at the moment. After one LP and a number of other US appearances, Hawkins fired all the band in early 1970, upon which the members, together with Newell, shaped themselves into their very own band, which they named Crowbar. Newell recorded an album with Crowbar, then launched into a solo profession, though he performed with Crowbar on and off all through his profession.
After leaving Crowbar, he signed a serious American cope with Paramount/Epic. Seven solo albums adopted, together with two Juno nominations (the Juno Awards are the Canadian equal of the U.S. Grammy Awards).
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