Men with hats: Jack Dowing & The Other Side

Above is Jack Downing & The Other Side performing “Greenback Dollar” in the Swedish television show Kram (Hug), probably in 1969. Jack Downing came from Little Rock, USA to Stockholm, Sweden in 1963. Pretty soon he met David Hynes at the university of Stockholm. Together they where the begining of The Other Side. A band who released their first single in 1966 on Karusell with a great self-composed B-side “Out My Light”. In the years to come the band changed members a couple of times. Kenny Håkansson from T-Boones, Baby Grandmothers and Mecki Mark Men, Bill Öhrström from The Merrymen and Boz Scaggs joined the band for a while, and so did all the members of the psych-rockers in Outsiders. It was with the Outsiders Jack Downing and his fellow members of The Other Side recorded his one and only LP “Now And Then”, 1970.

The LP had a whole new sound from the seven inch from 1966. Downing created an album that included all the influences he’d been collecting from American folk, country and rock. And with the backing from the Outsiders the LP was secured with a thick and fuzzy rock sound as in “A Force I Cannot Name”, “Pretty Miss Mike” and “Branded Man”. This is an exceptional piece of vinyl because nothing like it had been heard before in Sweden, and I’m not sure it has been since. In 2008 wrote Per Magnusson a very fine and exhaustive article for the garagerock/beat magazine Ugly Things #27 about Jack Downing’s life’s work. You can find the article at Per’s own site: Raised On Records.

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