Venue: Ricky-Tick Club, Plaza Ballroom
City: Guildford, Surrey
Country: United Kingdom
Sonny Boy Williamson – Vocals / Harmonica
Eric Clapton – Lead Guitar
Keith Relf – Vocals / Harmonica
Chris Dreja – Rhythm Guitar
Paul Samwell-Smith – Bass
Jim McCarty – Drums
The Yardbirds backed Sonny Boy Williamson on a series of 12 gigs between 7 December 1963 and 13 March 1964. The Yardbirds would play a solo set, followed by the set with the American blues musician. Both sets on 8 December 1963 were recorded and released. Their set with Sonny Boy Williamson on 28 February 1964 was also recorded and released. The Yardbirds solo set was not captured that night due to technical difficulties.
The Ricky-Tick was resident in a number of locations around Windsor, Berkshire from 1962. “Ricky-Tick Club Nights” were also promoted in 27 towns in England through 1966. One of first Ricky-Ticks was an upstairs room at The Star & Garter, Windsor. The most famous location was at Clewer Mead, Windsor. It was a semi-derelict river-side mansion with 58 rooms where the rent was £16 a week. Shows were promoted there from April 1964. (It was later torn down). Other locations included the Thames Hotel, Windsor, Guildford, Hounslow, High Wycombe, Maidenhead, Slough, Newbury and Reading. Eric Clapton would play at its venues while in The Roosters, The Yardbirds, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and Cream.