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For a series of Ten Years After shows in the early '70s, Alvin Lee insisted on having the rock/jazz band Patto as the opening act. Patto's drummer, John Halsey, once said in an interview that Lee was fascinated by the playing of their guitarist, Ollie Halsall, and that he used to ride in Patto's van instead of the TYA tour bus so that he could watch Halsall practice. Ironically, Halsall primarily considered himself a vibes player and had taught himself guitar only a couple of years earlier.

For Patto's third and final album, released in 1972, Halsall mostly played piano, having even more recently taught himself that, too, but the album does include one live-in-the-studio, guitar-centered cut:

Halsall and Halsey are best known, to the extent that they're known at all, for Halsey's having played Barry Wom, drummer of the Rutles, in "All You Need Is Cash," the Lorne Michaels/Eric Idle mockumentary spoofing the career of the Beatles. Neil Innes (Bonzo Dog Band, Monty Python) wrote the songs for that movie, and Halsey and Halsall played drums, guitar, and bass and sang. (Halsall, who looked quite a bit like McCarthy, was originally cast in the Paul McCartney/Dirk McQuickly role, but Michaels decided that Eric Idle needed to have a starring role in the movie and cast him instead.)

Another Patto cut, from the same album:

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