Jade, 1970-71 (continued)

One fan of Jade was Rod McKuen, the American poet and singer-songwriter, who featured Jade on his BBC Television series, and recorded two of the songs from the album.

Read what Rod McKuen wrote in 2005 about Marianne.

Rod McKuen album cover

Fly Me To The North, one of the songs on the album, has been covered by four artists over the years including:

  • Rod McKuen
  • The Back Alley Choir (UK Folk Band)
  • John and Mary (from 10,000 Maniacs)

Jade worked in clubs, universities, theatres and folk clubs, and did much radio and television work. However, Rod Edwards gave up live work with Jade, shortly after returning from the American tour in July 1971, which had taken them to New York to play for one week at The Bitter End, with Tom Paxton and one week at The Gate of Horn in Chicago, which received an excellent review in the Chicago Times. Marian at Topanga Canyon, 
            Los Angeles This was followed by one week at The Troubadour in Los Angeles with Rosebud. John Wetton joined Jade at The Troubadour playing bass. John has played in many bands including Roxy Music, King Crimson, Family, Mogul Thrash, Uriah Heep, Bryan Ferry's band, Asia and Jack Knife.

During the tour Jade did several radio and TV spots.

After the tour of the USA, two more singles were recorded, Joni Mitchell's Big Yellow Taxi and James Taylor's Carolina In My Mind. Neither were released at the time, but are included on the re-issued Jade CD and LP. Rod's brother Garry took his place after these recordings, to do some live work with Jade just before they split.

Jade split in the autumn of 1971, before the second American tour that was due to take place in October. It was sudden and unexpected, but there had been differences of opinion about the direction of Jade. Marian and Dave decided to carry on and they auditioned for new musicians, finding Lee Oliphant on bass, and as a trio they continued playing Universities, theatres and folk clubs - later touring with Labi Siffre and Peter Sarstedt, and doing a six week BBC television series with Sydney Carter. In time, the trio became a quartet and continued gigging until June 1975.
Find out more about this period of Marianne's career on the Marian Segal Band pages

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