Beggar and Co

Beggar and Co

BandJazzFunk

Jazzfunk of the highest quality with some of the UKs best Jazzfunk musicians from bands Beggar and Co, Light of the World's Original Members, Incognito, JTQ to name a few.

Biography

LIGHT OF THE WORLD FOUNDER MEMBERS (THE ORIGINAL BAND) AND BEGGAR & CO BIOGRAPHY. The 1999 recording from Light Of The World, 'Inner Voices' proved the band were ready for the dawn of the 21st century. Founder members of LOTW McKrieth, Wellington and Baptiste returned to compose some material, add their arrangements and produce a real follow up many years later to the 'Round Trip' album of many years earlier, and signed a recording agreement with Sanctuary Music. This being the first time that so many key members turned up for the recording of the songs. Only one invited member failed to show due to prior commitments.The production of the album was by Richard Bull and Kenny Wellington. This contractual agreement and reunion on record was brought about by Kenny Wellington after being approached by music business impressario Junior Hart during a tour of Japan along with David Baptiste whilst working with M Beat who had had recent success working on record with these guys and the mighty Jamiroquai as well other chart singles. Light Of The World began in 1974 when Breeze McKrieth approached Kenny Wellington at the famous Crackers afternoon funk session in Wardour Street, London about joining him with some friends for a rehearsal with some other young musicians at Ickburgh Road, Clapton. Kenny agreed to come along and this band became Light Of The World, inspired by the classic Kool And The Gang album Light Of Worlds. At that time, a really great way to spend a Saturday afternoon was standing around in Contempo Record Shop in Hanway Street , West London where you could hear the guys in the shop spinning the latest imports from the USA, people like Geoff Brown who also wrote great articles for Blues & Soul magazine which was housed in the same block and was connected to the shop. Kool And The Gang and The Kay Gees were a big influence on the early sound and concept behind Light Of The World with recordings like 'Swingin' and 'Midnight Groovin' being written when the band were excited by the discovery of The Kay Gees and dreamed that Kool And The Gang might come to these shores and take LOTW under their tutelage in the same way.
Light Of The World dreamed that their music would be played at Lacey Lady, Hunters, Crackers and Waterloo Birds Nest, the clubs many of them had frequented around these times. Often pretending they were eighteen years old to gain entry. Now they had a chance to record their own music.These songs were written by the core band members although Kenny Wellington does not appear on the credits on this album as a writer because of a previous contract with music publisher Carlin which had to be sorted out. Light Of The World original line up were: Breeze McKrieth Guitar, Kenny Wellington Trumpet, David Baptiste Saxophone, Paul Williams Bass, Norman Walker Percussion, Roger Thomas Saxophone, Junior King Drums, Earl Appleton Keyboards, Jean Paul Maunick Guitar Everton McCalla Drums,After playing many shows in London and the home counties, arranged by then manager Brent Clarke who had spotted some potential in the band , some of the guys became dissillusioned and quit the band, with Earl Appleton leaving the UK to head for New York. Norman Walker concentrated on using his brilliant choreographic skills and went on to tour with many major artists. Junior King decided to concentrate on his martial arts, and Roger Thomas a very advanced saxophonist even at that early stage of raw development left for the world of computer technology where he has done very well. However, fortune was around the corner when Kenny Wellington was asked to attend a rehearsal in North West London by saxophonist Earl Okai and a band he was working with. Impressed by the keyboard player Peter Hinds and percussionist Chris Etienne, Kenny asked them to join Light Of The World. With this line up in place the band were offered management by record shop owner and entrepreneur Joe Williams. This was accepted and the band began rehearsing in North London on top of Joe's record shop. A regular customer at the shop and also a friend of Joe was guitarist Jean Paul Maunick aka Bluey who was also invited to join the band. By this time Everton McCalla had also become the drummer for the band. The band decided it was time to record some music. Ensign records heard this music being played in clubs by DJs like Tom Holland at Lacy Lady and offered the band a deal with the company which was run by Nigel Grainge and reknown DJ Chris Hill. The first album did reasonably well yielding some dance floor hits like 'Swingin', 'Midnight Groovin' and 'Who Are You'. Although still quite raw these tracks began to get the band noticed. However, the band were then involved in a tragic accident returning from some shows in Scotland at the end of their first national tour. The vehicle some of the band members were travelling in was struck by an articulated lorry.The band resident comedian and percussionist Chris Etienne died as a result of this tragic acciden

Discography

Albums:

LIGHT OF THE WORLD (1979 Ensign ENVY 7)
LIGHT OF THE WORLD (US version)US(1980 Mercury SRM 1-3819)
ROUND TRIP(1980 Ensign ENVY 14)
REMIXED (1981 Mercury 6359 062)
CHECK US OUT (1982 EMI EMC 3410)
THE BEST OF LIGHT OF THE WORLD (1992 Ensign Encore 094632197023)
THE BEST OF LIGHT OF THE WORLD (1994 Music Club Int. MCCD 189)
THE VERY BEST OF LIGHT OF THE WORLD feat. BEGGAR & CO and INCOGNITO (1995 More Music MOCD3007)
INNER VOICES (1999 Sanctuary CD ARTS 01)
BEGGAR AND CO LIVE WITH FRIENDS-THE JAZZ CAFE- Due for release May 2007 MBJ Records
BEGGAR AND CO- Studio Album Due May 2007 MBJ Records

Other Releases:
London Town / Time (12") Old Gold Records Ltd.
Midnight Groovin' (12") Ensign Records 1979
Midnight Groovin' (7") Ensign Records 1979
Swingin' (12") Ensign Records 1979
I Shot The Sheriff (12") Ensign Records 1980
London Town (12") Ensign Records 1980
London Town (7") Ensign Records 1980
The Boys In Blue / This Is This (12") Ensign Records 1980
Time (12") Mercury (UK) 1980
Remixed (LP) Mercury (UK) 1981
Check Us Out (12") EMI Records (UK) 1982
Famous Faces (12") EMI Records (UK) 1982
No. 1 Girl (12") EMI Records (UK) 1982
Jealous Lover (12") EMI Records (UK) 1983
Keep The Dream Alive (12") Cooltempo 1991
The Best Of Light Of The World (CD) Music Club 1994
Inner Voices (2xCD, Album) Sanctuary 1999
Production:
The Best Of British Jazz-Funk Volume Two (2xLP) Love Train Beggars Banquet 1982
Co-production:
Second Sign (CD) Feel The Real 23rd Century Records 2005
Appears On:
Same Old Story (12") Same Old Story (Extend... Ariola (Germany) 1986
Same Old Story (12") Same Old Story (Extend... Chrysalis 1986
Tracks Appear On:
Boogie Bus (LP) Swingin' Phonogram GmbH 1979
Night Life (LP) London Town K-Tel 1980
Slipstream (2xLP) London Town Beggars Banquet 1981
Disco U.K. (LP) I Shot The Sheriff Ronco 1982
The Best Of British Jazz-Funk Volume Two (2xLP) Love Train Beggars Banquet 1982
Twenty With A Bullet (LP) Ride The Love Train EMI Records (UK) 1982
The Dance Decade 1973-1983 (14xLP, Ltd + Box) London Town Street Sounds 1983
Best Of 12 Inch Gold (Volume 11) (CD) Time Old Gold Records Ltd. 1990
The Sound Of Cooltempo (2xCD) One Destination (Nomad... Cooltempo 1990
Enjoy! The Sound Of Cooltempo Volume 2 (LP) Keep The Dream Alive Cooltempo 1991
Enjoy! The Sound Of Cooltempo Volume 2 (CD) Keep The Dream Alive Cooltempo, Cooltempo 1991
Classic Rare Groove 2 (CD) No. 1 Girl (Original V... Mastercuts 1994
Classic Rare Groove 2 (2xLP) No. 1 Girl (Version) Mastercuts 1994
100% Pure Groove (2xCass) London Town Telstar 1996
More Greatest Hits Of The 80's (8xCD + Box) I Shot The Sheriff Disky 2000
Så' Der Fest (3xCD) I Shot The Sheriff CMC Entertainment 2000
200 Solstik (9xCD + Box) I Shot The Sheriff CMC Entertainment 2003
British Hustle - The Sound Of British Jazz-Funk 1974-1982 (CD) London Town Soul Jazz Records 2003
British Hustle - The Sound Of British Jazz-Funk 1974-1982 (CD) London Town Beat Records 2003
British Hustle - The Sound Of British Jazz-Funk 1974-1982 (2xLP) London Town Soul Jazz Records 2003

Set List

1. Evolution
2.Time
3.Cosmic Lust
4.Walking On Sunshine with Camelle Hinds
5.I Like
6.Bahia Dipalma
7.I'm So Happy Featuring Noel McKoy
8.Throwdown- Fatback Band cover
9.Petes Crusade
10. Nature Boy with Camelle Hinds
11.Sausalito Calling with Camelle Hinds
12. Somebody Help Me Out
13.Movin-Brass Construction cover
14.London Town

Possible additions to Setlist:
15. Back To Back
16. I Like((The Way U Make Me Feel)

Our sets are adjusted to need but typically 90 minutes.
We only do 2 covers in our set, other material in the setlist is all original.