Julian Cope presents JAPROCKSAMPLER.COM
With Alan Merrill
Bass player Tetsu Yamauchi was born in 1946, in Fukuoka, and is best known for his brief ‘70s careers in Free, whom he joined after Andy Fraser quit, and The Faces, after the departure of Ron Wood. Tetsu first made his name in the Japanese folk rock band The Mikes, before joining Miki Curtis’ New Rock combo Samurai in late 1968, just as the band embarked on a European tour. In London, Samurai recorded two LPs SAMURAI and KAPPA and two 45s ‘Good Morning, Starshine’ and ‘Shu Shu’, before returning to Japan. In 1972, the bass player recorded a solo LP of mainly acoustic original songs, entitled TETSU for Columbia Nippon, before being contacted by old friend drummer Simon Kirke, who asked him to replace the departing Andy Fraser.