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Bobby Torres: Playing on the Mad Dogs and Englishmen Tour Coffeeshop Conversations @ Artichoke Music #311

By TOM D'ANTONI // Released in 1970 Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs and Englishmen album was an instant classic. Portland's Bobby Torres was in the band. Listen to him reveal some of the backstory.

Fifty-one years ago Joe Cocker’s Mad Dogs and Englishmen album was released. It was and instant classic.

You may not know a lot of backstory but by the time you finish listening to this you’ll know a bucketful because with me in the Artichoke Music Café is the percussionist from that band.

You know him, he’s in the Oregon Music Hall of Fame.

It’s Bobby Torres who also played with Joe Cocker at Woodstock.

As you may remember, Leon Russell played a huge part in the Mad Dogs band which was ad hoc at the time.

So let’s go back to 1970 and find out what life was like with the mad dogs and Englishmen.

The tune at the end is "Afuebe" by Ghanaian Master Drummer Israel Annoh from the album of the same name, Produced by Bobby Torres.

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It was outstanding to see the Mad Dogs & Englishmen Tour at a great venue in North Portland.

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