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Dave Mason

Pop/rock singer/songwriter/guitarist Dave Mason was born May 10, 1944, in Worcester, England. He was a professional musician by his teens and, as a member of the instrumental group the Jaguars, made his recording debut on a locally released single, "Opus to Spring," in 1963. It was with the Jaguars that he first encountered drummer Jim Capaldi, and the two became members of the Hellions, who played around the U.K. and in Hamburg, West Germany, as well as cutting a few singles in 1964 and '65. Mason quit the Hellions in the spring of 1965 to study music formally, while also sitting in occasionally with another band featuring Capaldi, Deep Feeling. In early 1966, he took a job as road manager for the Spencer Davis Group, where he encountered Steve Winwood; various reports suggest he also played with the band on-stage and may have sung backup vocals on the hit "Somebody Help Me."

In March 1967, Winwood left the Spencer Davis Group and formed Traffic with Mason, Capaldi, and flautist Chris Wood. The group's first single was the Winwood/Capaldi composition "Paper Sun," followed in August 1967 by Mason's "Hole in My Shoe," which hit number two in the U.K. Mason also participated in Traffic's debut album, Mr. Fantasy, but as it was being released in December 1967 he left the band. He recorded a solo single, "Little Woman," in early 1968, then rejoined Traffic. "Feelin' Alright?," a song expressing his ambivalence about his association with the group, was released as the first single off the second album, Traffic, in October 1968; although the single did not chart, "Feelin' Alright?" would go on to become Mason's signature song, particularly after it was covered by Joe Cocker in 1969. Mason left Traffic again, and it broke up shortly afterward in the fall of 1968, as Winwood joined Blind Faith. Mason, Capaldi, and Wood teamed with Mick Weaver in the short-lived Wooden Frog.

Mason moved to Los Angeles and joined Delaney & Bonnie & Friends in 1969. In 1970, he signed a solo contract with Blue Thumb Records and released his debut solo album, Alone Together, which reached number 22 and went gold in the U.S., spawning the chart single "Only You Know and I Know." Despite this success, he continued to work in group contexts, serving temporarily as second guitarist in Eric Clapton's band Derek and the Dominos; recording with George Harrison on All Things Must Pass; and forming a duo with Cass Elliot. He and Elliot recorded an album, Dave Mason & Cass Elliot, released in February 1971. The LP reached number 49, but they quickly broke up. Mason rejoined Traffic for a few dates in the summer that resulted in the live album Welcome to the Canteen.

Meanwhile, Mason was preparing his follow-up to Alone Together, but a royalty dispute with Blue Thumb led to the company's assembling the half-finished, half-live Headkeeper, which was released in February 1972 over Mason's objections; it reached number 51. As the legal conflict continued into 1973, Blue Thumb released the chart LP Dave Mason Is Alive!, also without the artist's approval. After a settlement, Mason signed to Columbia Records, which released It's Like You Never Left on October 29, 1973; it got to number 50. Mason formed a band and toured extensively, raising his profile sufficiently that his second Columbia LP, Dave Mason, released in October 1974, reached number 25 and went gold. Split Coconut, his third Columbia album, released on September 19, 1975, was another success, getting to number 27, as he played major venues such as New York's Madison Square Garden and the Spectrum in Philadelphia. His appeal as a concert attraction was confirmed by the appearance of the double-LP Certified Live in the fall of 1976; it hit number 78.

Mason reached a new career plateau with his next studio album, Let It Flow, released in April 1977. It reached an early peak at number 37, but stayed in the charts 49 weeks and went platinum on the success of the single "We Just Disagree" (written by Mason's backup guitarist, Jim Krueger), which reached number 12. (The singles "So High [Rock Me Baby and Roll Me Away]" and "Let It Go, Let It Flow" also charted.) Mariposa de Oro, Mason's next album, was released in June 1978, preceded by a cover of "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow," a Top 40 single; the LP reached number 41 and went gold.

Two years passed before Mason released New Crest of an Old Wave in the summer of 1980. After it peaked at number 74 and produced the chart single "Save Me," he parted ways with Columbia. Another major-label berth was not forthcoming, but he continued to tour, paring down to an acoustic duo with Krueger. In 1987, he released two albums, Some Assembly Required on the Canadian label Maze Records and Two Hearts on MCA, the latter featuring "Dreams I Dream," a duet with Phoebe Snow that reached number 11 in the adult contemporary charts. In 1993, Mason joined a new lineup of Fleetwood Mac, appearing on the 1995 album Time, but soon after, the band reverted to its previous configuration. In 1998, Mason reteamed with Jim Capaldi for a tour that produced the 1999 album Live: The 40,000 Headman Tour. In 2008, Megaforce Records released the first Dave Mason studio album in more than 20 years, 26 Letters 12 Notes. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi
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My buddy, Johnny G. And I made regular concert appearances in and around the Philly area. Dave once played Bloomsburg State College and had laryngitis. He actually ended the show early....... . a n d came back months later! One of my all time Favs!
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rddonaldson1
I had the Headkeeper album and wore it out along time ago. Say... 40 years ago. D M music has to be loved worldwide !
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Dave mason was one of those rare few who sang and played songs way ahead of his time!! I love his "snappy" guitar playing!!
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Morning pandora, Thks for the jams! From hoot the man with the plan!
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Doesn't everyone disagree with with everyone else? We all have different taste in everything. What a boring world it would be if we if we did, would it not? Everyone has the right to have an opinion. Don't get so damn angry when someone gives an opinion on something U have strong feelings about, it means NOTHING! +, they could give a s**t about how angry it makes U. Your the only 1 that winds upset and making your own self sick. So relax.
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Little D.M. Never hurt anyone
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elderdr3437
Brings back a load of sweet memories.
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I saw him in a small club in S.F. in early 80s , and three times in the 70s in southern cali, great mem,ories!!
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I'm jealous carl_herling lol
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carl_herling
Just saw him jan 17 2015 in New Bedfoed MA- amazing show from Traffic to today ! Amazing under rated guitarist.
As good as Clapton and others !
Rock on Dave !
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Dave can't even try to mess a song up. lol
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Heals my heart��
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In Traffic Dave Mason played with Steve Win wood.. During the British explosion.
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Got me a little Dave for the day
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Beautiful sound. My top 5 list
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Dave's been around & part of a lot of other bands music. What a performer!!! !
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sandcrabtave r n
I promoted a concert with Dave Mason and his band in Bartlesville , OK. several years ago. I did it just for fun and because I wanted to meet him. He's a nice guy - quiet, polite and professional . My buddy and I sat in the otherwise-em p t y concert hall during the sound check...and my friends, I'll tell you this: the moment when the band fired from the second verse of We Just Disagree, and Dave's voice BOOMED, my pal looked at me and said, "Holy shi_! That was worth whatever the fuc_this cost you."
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Great talent
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this guy is still good...he should be more respected!
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danwell53
Long live Jimmy Krueger,s talent and legacy.
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white84
Dave Mason is my favorite artist of all time. For nearly forty years I have been a devoted fan. His live performances still give me goose bumps and bring me to tears. His music moves me like no other in the world.
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Mama Casss and Dave Mason did a great album back many years ago. The song that keeps running thru my head is called 'Point of no return '. The combo of Dave and his guitar and Mama voice are just haunting.
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Going to see Mr. Mason at The Handle Bar in Greenville SC tonight. This the second time he has been here.His last show was the best I have ever seen here. Put on a great show last time.
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Feelin' alright everytime I listen to Dave Mason
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beez289
Can't wait to see Mason in Stuart, Florida in 10 days!!
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Look forward to seeing Dave this Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, Bethesda, Maryland! www.bethesda b l u e s j a z z . c o m
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great ist solo album,alone together,the album was strange color,it looked like barf...
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kvons1
Mason---stil l a true great from long times past
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Saw him at the Kate old saybrook ct absolutely awesome sounds as good as ever also all along the watchtower is better than jimmies by the way played guitar on jimmies original !!!!! Joe v
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He's one of the guys from the 60/70's that survived and is still a kick-a** musician. He signed my guitar strap when I saw him in Virginia a few years ago. I had to buy something before he would sign it (and then he almost wrote over the Merle Haggard signature). He's still one of my favorite guitarists/s o n g writers or all time.
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dave is a fine example of an artist that has perfected his craft, he played in Minneapolis last Saturday it was fantastic
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LAWRENCEBURG IND. SEPT 28 RICHIE FURAY BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD OUTLAWS DAVE MASON BURTON COMMINGS AND DICKEY BETTS ONE NIGHT , GONG TO BE A GREAT NIGHT.
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lkahrs6
He will be playing in Tustin, California on Saturday, November 9, 2013. Small venue - great opportunity. It is a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club. Here is a link: http://bgctu s t i n . o r g / G a l a 2 0 1 3 . a s p x . It will be awesome!
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Certified Live is second to none!
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callpaul805
I grew up listening to Dave Mason on Long Island now in California 35 years later I live 10 miles from him . It would be so cool to see him live in this small town setting I'll never get tired of hos music!
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sidniedushan e
hes friends with my dad!
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Best album, It's Like You never left
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Thanks for playing in Sailsbury Ma. Great show.
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Some of his best work on this LP. Listened to the brown swirly record/casse t t e for years.
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My friend's older sister came home from the record store (remember those ?) one day in 1970 with a copy of Alone Together. Opened it up and it was one of the swirled, multi-color vinyl copies which we thought was cool. She put it on her parent's console stereo in the living room, cranked up the volume and I've been a fan of Mason ever since.
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kvons1
Dave Mason---alwa y s great! Great rendition of Dear Mr. Fantasy, but of course he was part of the original Traffic take anyway.
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johnny00007
Great show in new york's westbury music fair. Many older people who appreciated his music and talent. Although his belly was a lot bigger he can still play that guitar!
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carl_herling
Seems like that end guitar jam could gone on forvever! and I'd listen!
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I can't believe I've never heard this song in its original format, well I'm young; but if you tell me Joe Cocker's cover is better, though I like Joe Cocker's music and it is great, than I am afraid you don't know good rock when you hear it. And if you think that is a comment by an inmature guy who can't spell, and whose name is amusing then you are entitled to your bullshit opinion
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Introduce to daves music from my cousin who also had a cool t shirt I wore in high school people always used to ask me dave. Who? Music speaks for itself.
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nice to know
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just saw him last night in Plymouth NH! Great show.
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acspetz
He is touring with Joe Cocker in 2012
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Is he still playin? That was a blessing to hear Dear Mr. Fantasy:)
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cl2006
Alone Together is in my top ten albums of all time. Great stuff.
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