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1958-1965 1966-1967 1968-1969 1970-1974 1975-1978 1979-1981 

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Discography & Performance History

1979–1981


1979


*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD
Michael Bloomfield, g, v; unknown, p; probably David Shorey, b; Bob Jones, d, v.
Cafe Campus, Montréal, QC; January 27, 1979

Unknown titles                                       
Live performance

 

Personnel probably as above.
Unknown venue, Ottawa, ON; January(?) 1979

Unknown titles
                                        Live performance

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD
Michael Bloomfield, g, v; Austin Delone, p; David Shorey, b; Bob Jones, d, v.
Earth Tavern, Portland, Oregon: February 20, 1979

Big Chief from New Orleans               
Live performance
Blue Ghost Blues
Saturday Woman
She Took My Money
Kansas City Blues
Rock Me, Baby (incomplete)
Stand By Me
Feel So Bad
Moving Down the Back Road, Baby


*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD & CHICAGO BLUES POWER

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; Monty Starr, p; Steve Mallory, b; John Chambers, d; King Perkoff, ts.
The Catalyst, Santa Cruz, CA; 1979

Lights Out                                             Live performance
Instrumental
Guitar King
Sunshine Special
I Love You So
Play Boogaloo
Better Keep It to Yourself
We Don’t Need No Music
Every Night They Play the Blues


Chicago Blues Power was the name Bloomfield gave to his back-up band.

 

IN THE SUMMER of 1979, Bloomfield checks himself into a state mental hospital and spends a month or more there attempting to overcome his dependency on the drug Placidyl.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD/WOODY HARRIS

Michael Bloomfield, g; Woody Harris, g.

Mill Valley, CA; July 9-13, 1979

 

I’ll Overcome                             “Bloomfield/Harris,” Kicking Mule KM-164

I Must See Jesus                                                     

Great Dreams of Heaven                                       

Gonna Need Somebody on My Bond                    

I Am a Pilgrim                                              

Farther Along                                                          

Have Thine Own Way                                 

Just a Closer Walk with Thee                    

Peace in the Valley


These titles were recorded in producer Norman Dayron’s living room.


Personnel as above.

McCabe’s Guitar Shop, Santa Monica, CA; October 12, 1979

Unknown titles                           Live performance

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; William Mylar, g.

The Other Cafe, San Francisco, CA; 1979. 

 

Unknown titles                           Live performance

 

IN THE WINTER of 1979, Bloomfield moves to New York City to be near Christie Svane. She gets him an apartment on Desbroses Street which he shares with her mother.

 

*KINKY FRIEDMAN

Friedman, v, g; Michael Bloomfield, g; others unknown.

The Lone Star, New York, NY; December 1979.

 

Unknown titles                           Live performance

 

1980


*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, p, v; others, if any, unknown.

The Lone Star, New York, NY; 1980

 

Unknown titles                                    Live performance


Personnel probably as above.
The Ear Inn, New York, NY; Spring(?)1980

Unknown titles                                     Live performance

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD/WOODY HARRIS

Michael Bloomfield, g, p, v; Woody Harris, g; others, if any, unknown.

The Bottom Line, New York, NY; April 7, 8, 1980

 

Don’t Brush My Teeth                           Live performances

John, John on the Battle Ground

Other unknown titles         

 

This performance was filmed for French television. Audience member Michael Capasse joined Bloomfield along with three others on the vocal for “John, John.” Harris has stated that following this show, he and Bloomfield performed in Boston; Washington, DC; the Main Point in Pennsylvania; and at McCabe’s in Santa Monica, CA.


*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD
Michael Bloomfield, g, p, v; others, if any, unknown.
The Other End, New York, NY; July 4, 5, 1980

Unknown titles                                     Live performances

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD TRIO
Michael Bloomfield, g, p, v; probably Woody Harris, g; Maggie Edmundson, cello, v.
101 Greene St. (Greene Street Cafe), New York, NY; July 31-August 3, 1980

Unknown titles                                    
Live performances

 

Personnel as above.
Jonathan Swift’s, Cambridge, MA; Summer(?) 1980

Unknown titles                                      Live performance


BLOOMFIELD travels to Europe for a tour of Italy and Scandanavia in the late summer of 1980. His poor health and a mixed reception from audiences who are expecting him to recreate the Super Session sound combine to make the trip a difficult one.


*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD/WOODY HARRIS
Michael Bloomfield, g, p, v; Woody Harris, g; Maggie Edmundson, cello, v; Fabio Treves, hca, v.
Mascheroni, Italy; September 1980

Shake, Rattle & Roll                                    
Live performance
Mean Mistreater
Sloppy Drunk
Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?
God’s Song (That’s Why I Love Mankind)
Kathleen (Catholicism Made Easier)
Look Over Yonders Wall
Country Mechanic
Farther Along
At the Cross
Instrumental
Gonna Need Somebody on My Bond
John, John on the Battle Ground

According to Harris, his and Bloomfield’s performances were frequently filmed while they were playing in Italy; this one is probably the one issued on an 80-minute Italian video. Thanks to René Aagaard for many of these and the following listings.


*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD/WOODY HARRIS

Michael Bloomfield, g, p, v; Woody Harris, g; Maggie Edmundson, cello, v.

Firenze, Italy; September 8, 1980

 

Bloomfield Introduction                        Bootleg CD

She’s Gone, Gone, Gone                                                    

Alabama Women                                                                

I Was Born in the Woods and Schooled in the Lion’s Den

Bartender’s Blues                                                               

Tryin' to Get to You                                                

Spike Driver’s Moan (partial)                                           

Frankie & Johnny                                                           

Jesus on the Mainline                                                        

Louise                                                                       

At The Cross                                                            

Great Dreams of Heaven                                              

Finger Fat                                                                 

Knockin’ Myself Out                                                

I'll Overcome                                                

Gonna Need Somebody on My Bond    

Country Mechanic                                                   

 

Personnel as September 8.
Unknown venue, Italy; September 9, 1980

Unknown titles                                 Live performance


Personnel as September 8.

Naples, Italy; September 12, 1980

 

Bloomfield Introduction                        Bootleg CD

Dark Road Blues

Prison Bound

Have You Seen Somebody

Bartender’s Blues

Knockin’ Myself Out 

Tryin’ to Get to You

Better Stop Drinkin’ that Wine, Sonny Boy

Frankie & Johnny

Feelin’ Good/In a Brand New Automobile

Finger Fat

Louise

Great Dreams of Heaven

Great Dreams of Heaven, reprise

Gonna Need Somebody on My Bond

Shake, Rattle ’n’ Roll

 

Personnel as September 8.

Mestre Teatro, San Marco, Italy; September 13, 1980

 

Bloomfield Introduction                            Bootleg CD

Dark Road Blues

Arkansas Moonshine Baby

Chains of Love

Bartender’s Blues

Tryin’ to Get to You

Frankie & Johnny

Feelin’ Good

Look Over Yonders Wall

Louise

Over the Rainbow

Finger Fat

At the Cross

I'll Overcome

Great Dreams of Heaven

Gonna Need Somebody on My Bond

Knockin' Myself Out


Personnel as September 8.
Castel d’Azzano, Verona, Italy; September 14, 1980

Bloomfield Introduction                            
Bootleg CD
Dark Road Blues
Alabama Woman
Chil’en, Chil’en, Chil’en
Bartender’s Blues
Tryin’ to Get to You
Hey, Good Lookin’
Frankie & Johnny
Feelin’ Good
In a Brand New Automobile
Louise
Over the Rainbow
Finger Fat
Over the Rainbow
I'll Overcome

Knockin' Myself Out
Gonna Need Somebody on My Bond
Country Mechanic
Closing Remarks


*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, p, v.

Palasport Stadium, Torino, Italy; September 15, 1980

 

Dark Road Blues                           Mama Barley 0001

Prison Bound Blues

 

*FABIO TREVES BLUES BAND

Treves, hca; Michael Bloomfield, g, v; Claudio Bazzari, Chuck Fryers, g; Silvano Borgatta, p; Tino Cappelletti, b; Dave Baker, d.

Palasport Stadium, Torino, Italy; September 15, 1980

 

Shake, Rattle & Roll                      Mama Barley 0001

Five Long Years

Don't You Lie to Me

The Yonker Blues


*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD/WOODY HARRIS

Michael Bloomfield, g, p, v; Woody Harris, g; Maggie Edmundson, cello.

Mariahissen, Stockholm, Sweden; September 23, 1980

 

Linin’ Track                                         Live performance

Frankie & Johnny

Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out

Other unknown titles

 

Personnel as September 23.

Uppsala Musikforum, Stockholm, Sweden; September 24, 1980

 

Unknown titles                                    Live performance


*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD
Michael Bloomfield, g, kybds, v; Jon Cramer, p; Harry Oden, b; Tom Rizzo, d; Ben Perkoff, ts; Derrick Walker, ts, hca; Hart McNee, bar.
San Francisco, CA; October 27-November 29, 1980

Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’
                        “Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’,” Takoma TAK-7091
Linda Lou
Papa-Mama-Rompah-Stompah
Junker’s Blues
Midnight
It’ll Be Me
Motorized Blues
Mathilda
Winter Moon
Snowblind


Producer Norman Dayron has said that he objected to releasing Jon Cramer's "Snowblind" on this recording, but Bloomfield insisted that it be included. Tom Rizzo is Anna Rizzo's brother.


* MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD
Michael Bloomfield, g, v; others unknown
Unknown venue, San Jose, CA; 1980(?)

Unknown titles                                     Live performance


A fan recalled attending this performance, describing it as one of Bloomfield’s last, with only 50 people in the audience.

 

*BOB DYLAN

Dylan, v, g; Michael Bloomfield, g; others unknown.

Warfield Theater, San Francisco, CA; November 18, 1980

 

Dylan Introduces Bloomfield           “Farewell Bloomfield,” Bootleg CD

Like a Rolling Stone                                    

The Groom’s Still Waiting at the Altar   

 

*THE USUAL SUSPECTS 

Taj Mahal, v; Michael Bloomfield, g; Tom Stern, g; Markie Sanders, b; Doug Corrigan, d; Darol Anger, Ed Neff, vio; Joe Goldmark, ped stl; Nancy Hill, Tom Stern, Lee Parvin, bkgnd v.

San Francisco, CA; Late 1980

 

Blue Sea Blues                           “The Usual Suspects,” Tomistoma G8R


*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD/WOODY HARRIS
Michael Bloomfield, g, p, v; Woody Harris, g; Maggie Edmundson, cello.
The Childe Harolde, Washington, D.C.; December 11, 1980

St. James Infirmary
                             Live performance
Amazing Grace

Kansas City Blues
Other unknown titles


Jan Mark Wolkin, who was at this gig, recalled that an audience member asked Bloomfield to play a Beatles song in memory of John Lennon, who had been killed a few days earlier. Michael politely declined, saying he didn’t have any Beatle songs prepared, but then played “Amazing Grace” and dedicated it to Lennon.


Personnel as above.

Town Meeting House, Chester, CT; December 12, 1980

Sloppy Drunk                                    
Bootleg CD
Women Lovin’ Each Other
You Took My Money
Rx for the Blues/Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out
I Think He’s Hiding
He Gives Us All His Love
God’s Song (That’s Why I Love Mankind)
Frankie & Johnny
Come Back Baby
Great Changes
Snowblind
Auburn Ravine*
How Green Was My Valley*
Reflections in the Water*
Nightsoil*
At the Cross**
Hi-Lo Waltz **
Over the Rainbow**
I'll Overcome**
Finger Fat**


These titles (*) are played by Harris and Edmundson alone, while these (**) are played by all three musicians.

 

1981


*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, p, v.

Catalyst Club, Santa Cruz, CA; January 31, 1981

 

Don’t Brush My Teeth                 “Last Call,” Bootleg CD

Dark Road Blues                                                      

Mean Mistreater                                                      

I Don’t Know                                                

Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out                                    

Roll On, Buddy/Kansas City Blues                             

TB Blues                                                        

Country Mechanic                                       

Untitled Short Instrumental                                 

Frankie & Johnny                                                    

Feelin’ Good                                                 

Come On in My Kitchen                       

 

*DOUG SAHM

Doug Sahm, v, g; Michael Bloomfield, g; Speedy Sparks, b; other members of the Sir Douglas Quintet.

Catalyst Club, Santa Cruz, CA; February 1981

 

Unknown titles                           Live performance

 

The Sir Douglas Quintet shared the bill with Bloomfield at the Catalyst Club. Bloomfield sat in one evening and performed “a few Dylan tunes” with the band.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, p, v; others(?) unknown.

Belly-Up Tavern, Solana Beach, CA; February 1981

 

Unknown titles(?)                      Live performance

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD
Michael Bloomfield, g, p(?), v.
San Francisco State College, San Francisco, CA; February 7(?), 1981

Unknown titles                              Live performance

Bloomfield performed a solo acoustic set at SFSC’s student union approximately one week before he died. Thanks to Bryan Barrow for this listing.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, p, v.

KSAN-FM, San Francisco, CA; February 13, 1981

 

Interview with Tom Yates                    Proposed radio series on guitarists


Portions of this interview aired in 1981(?) on a program called "Guitar – A Rock Episode." It also featured Duane Allman. Stations that carried it are unknown.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD
Michael Bloomfield, g, p, v.
Student Union, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA; February 15(?), 1981

Unknown titles                              Live performance

A fan reported this gig as occurring on the day Bloomfield died. It may have actually been earlier in February. Thanks to Peggy McVickar for this information.

 

MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD dies of an overdose on February 15, 1981 in San Francisco. He is 37 years old.

 

1958-1965 1966-1967 1968-1969 1970-1974 1975-1978 1979-1981 

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© 2008 David Dann

Michael Bloomfield Discography & Performance History

1958-1965

1966-1967

1968-1969

1970-1974

1975-1978

1979-1981

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