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Weld's first band photo with "Little Ed and the Blues Imperials". Weld picked up Pookie James Young and Ed and during the Winter months they braved the hawk and hung these posters up and down Welles St. so they could make the big money, $25.

Welds first real band, "Little Ed and the Blues Imperials", which Dave, Ed and Pookie started using a number of drummers, until they located Louie Henderson, all of them shown here in thieir first band shot, with Ed borrowing a tie from Dave for the session.
This first professional band shot of Dave with Little Ed and the Blues Imperials was shot behind Alligator Records in the alley. Somone made the comment about a band member having bugs and everyone cracked up!
"Dave Weld and the Imperial Flames" first gig and band shot, playing at Sams Saloon on Belmont, in the room that was a speakeasy during prohibition. Dave got drummer Louie, from Little Ed and the Blues Imperials, bass, Mike Scharf, and Harry Yaseen on piano. Harry studied under the great legend, Art Hodes, and came to sit in one night and played piano until his fingers bled.
This second shot of the Flames was taken at Uncle Steves, on Welles St., where John Belushi and second city crew used to come in. Mike Scharf, Harry Yaseen, Dave and the great Ted Harvey, who along with Brewer Phillips, and Hound Dog Taylor help start Alligator Records. Ted was in the band about four years.
The third band shot was in front of a club on Fullerton, and featured Dave, Mike Scharf, Donny Nichilo, piano, harp, Vernon Rodgers, Drums. Donny had just finished four years with Buddy Guy, and spent four years with the Flames, and then went on to work with the Mighty Blue Kings, Floyd McDaniels, and many others. He resides in Brazil with his wife and Child. Vernon was with the band four years and was a regular on Chicago's blues circuit, with Phil Guy, his wife Gloria Thompson, and many others.
This fourth band shot was taken at Blues Ect. on Belmont, and featured Dave, Vernon Rodgers, Herman Applewhite, and Jasper Buchanan. Herman, from Clarksdale MS was the original bass man for the Buddy Guy/Junior Well band that toured the world in the late 60's, early 70's, and he also worked with Koko Taylor, Eddy Clearwater, Fenton Robinson, and many others. Jasper is from Tchula MS, plays piano and sings, and worked with OV Wright, and leads his own band out of Millwaukee WI.
This fifth picture of the imperial flames features Dave, Bernard Reed, bass, Daryl Mahon, drums and Leio Davis, keys. Bernard has the most extensive history and ranks as a historical figure in Chicago Soul. During the 70's he was studio staff for Brunswick records and toured, recorded with Tyrone Davis, Ramsey Lewis, Percy Mayfield, Howlin Wolf, Little Milton, Jackie Wilson, Lou Rawls, Otis Clay, Little Richard, so many others. Darryl was with Mighty Joe Young and on the Chicago Blues circuit. Leo Davis was with Mighty Joe Young, James Cotton, Eddy Clearwater, many more, and was with the band about four years.
Little Ed and Dave always stayed close and Ed joined the band replacing Leo Davis. Ed had joined the band previously for two years during which they recorded Daves first CD "Roughrockin in Chicago". This time they recorde for Earwig Music, "Keep on Walkin'" and this was a promo shot for the CD.

Little Ed and Dave did many duo gigs together to fill in dates and they had lots of fun, and used this duo shot to get work! Ed played the kick drum and they did songs that they would eventually use with the band or record.
This sixth band picture was taken at Chicago's House of Blues, and features Bernard Reed, Jeff Taylor, Abb Locke, and Dave. Abb Locke may be the most legendary of them all, having played and recorded with Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf, Willie Mabon, Buddy Guy, Magic Sam, Otis Rush, Elmore James, Earl Hooker, The Rolling Stones, and many more. He is featured in Howling Wolf's biography and has his own book, which will be coming out, about his life in Chicago Blues, and he has a CD with great original songs, "Big City Blues"
Current Band:
Abb Locke, Jeff Taylor, Monica Garcia, Dave Kaye, Dave Weld
Current member Abb Locke is one of the most legendary saxmen of the blues, and has recorded and worked with Buddy Guy (see the Chess box set), Willie Mabon. Earl Hooker, Albert Collins (they played Carnegie Hall), Koko Taylor, Magic Sam, Eddie Clearwater, Lonnie Brooks, Muddy Waters, Elmore James, Howlin Wolf (three or four years in the band and Abb is featured in Wolf's new biography), the Rolling Stones, and many more.
Current band member Jeft Taylor is well known and well respected. Born in 1960, he came out singin'. At 11 he joined the "Little Angels" group to sing and after that he sang and played drums for Top Hat, who vouched for Jeff to get him into clubs to work at that young age, and they worked the South and West side of Chicago, and had a standing job at The Sabre Room, where Jeff met and played with Dizzy Gilespie, Cab Caloway, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Count Basie and Tony Bennet. He then freelanced strating with Smilin Bobby, Tyrone Davis, the Dells, the Chilites, Lonnie Brooks, AC Reed, Eddy Clearwater, Artie White, Junior Wells, and more. Jef and Dave do a duo where Jeff sings the bass lines so they can sound like a three piece band. He was with the band for four years then joined the Rythm and Blues Kings for three, then back with Dave for six years.
Current band member Herman Applewhite, who subs with Bernard Reed, has been with the band four years this time, and four years the time before, and has worked with Chicago's finest bluesmen, and lives on 71st St on the Southside
Current band member Monica Myhre learned to sing as a child performer in the Hidalgo Club in Rockford, IL from eight years of age through her teens, backing up stars from Mexico, and local singers. Her family training led her to numerous bands since, including Art Attack which won a Rami in Rockford, and gave her a chance to sing the blues she loved.

With Dave Weld and the Imperial Flames for four years, she sings originals, "Listen to Mama" or classic blues, and lends a hand with the harmony, all the while playing tamborine and looking beautiful because she is putting her heart into the music.

Since 1988, "Dave Weld and the Imperial Flames" have continuously toured and performed in Europe, Canada, Japan and the Caribbean, and throughout the United States, North, South, East and West. Their last CD, "Keep on Walkin'", on Earwig Music, reached number four on the Living Blues radio stations play list. Their last two vans had well over two hundred thousand miles logged on, and we will try to give an idea of the breadth, depth, and impact they achieved by listing countries, states and major festivals (x demote how many times at that festival).

Canada (British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec), Japan (Tokyo, Nagpya, Kyoto, Osaka), France, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Holland, Caribbean (St. Thomas, St. Croix, SS Norway), England.

Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Indiana, Kentucky, Georgia, Florida, Ohio, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New York, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Wisconsin, California, Alaska.

Maryport Blues Festival, UK, Chicago Blues Fest (x3), Taste of Chicago (x5), Edison Park (x4), Bayfest, Greenbay WI (x2), Milwaukee Summerfest (x4), Dodgeville WI (x3), Mississippi Valley Blues, Birmingham Blues Fest, Rockford Waterfront, Toledo River, Beloit Riverfront, Galesburg IL, South Skunk, Newton IA, Grand Rapids MI, Notre Dame U (x2), Winnepeg, Edmunton, Montreal Jazz Fest, Three Rivers Blues Fest, Montmarte Blues Fest Quebec, Illinois State Fair (x2), Taste of Champaign, St Market Days (x4), St Croix Fest, Ecaussines Spring Belgium, Fest Int. de Cerdanyola Spain, Finnish Blues Fest, Jazz and Blues Stockhol Sweden, Keokuck IA, Navy Pier Chicago, Lille Blues France, World Cup Soldier Field Chicago.

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