The Chris Barber Website Message Board

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Lyn Nuttall
I'm interested in this song from 'Good Morning Blues' (1964) because I've researched the history of the song for my website on Australian pop records.

It's possible (though I can't verify it yet) that Chris Barber's version may have been an influence on Australian blues/rock song 'If I HAD A Ticket' by Phil Jones & Unknown Blues from 1967.

The song has a long history with roots in gospel and a recording of an early version as long ago as 1927. A version of it was collected by the Lomaxes in the 30s and published in the 40s. My history of it so far is at

I'm hoping someone may have some details of the Chris Barber 'If I Have A Ticket', for example its genesis and personnel, including arranger. For example, is that Ian Wheeler's harmonica?
Julian Purser
Re your Chris Barber Message Board post.

He recorded the track twice, The first time was at EMI Abbey Road, on 5/6 August 1964.
Personnel. Chris Barber (vcls) Ottilie Patterson and Pat Halcox (backing vcls)
Ian Wheeler (hca) Eddie Smith and John Slaughter (gtrs) Dick Smith (sbass) Graham Burbidge (d) Released on Columbia 33sx1657 (Good Morning Blues)
reissued on BGO BGOCD 380. Issued as Traditional arranged Barber.

Second recording was on 26 and 28 April 1966 at both Marquee and Advision Studios, London. (CBS 202394 45 single)
(as by Kenneth Washington with Chris Barber and the T-Bones)
The CBS label shows again Traditional but also arranged by Jefferson, and states as from 'Gospel Strikes Back' which I guess was a Gospel Show?

Personnel. Kenneth Washington* (vcl)
Pat Halcox (tp,bvcl) Chris Barber )tb,bvcl) Ian Wheeler (as) Keith EMMERSON (organ) David Langston (g) Lee Jackson (elbs) Alan Turner (d) Gary FARR (bvcl)

I have after only a quick search found out nothing about the show (Gospel Strikes Back) but will search again when Time permits.

Hope this is helpful.

Lyn Nuttall
Thank you Julian, for such wonderful detail and for alerting me to the 1966 release. I have subsequently updated my page at

I have shown the writer credit for the 1966 release as 'Traditional, arr. Barber - Jefferson'. Not sure if I am correct in including Barber there.

Could Jefferson have been Mike Jefferson, the pianist mentioned on your Ian Wheeler page?

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