The Prime Mover Blues Band formed in the summer of 1965, lasted about five years and, like all things in life, gradually dissolved. Iggy, of course, went on to create 'The Stooges', Jack Dawson to play bass with the Siegel-Schwall Blues Band, Robert Sheff to become the avant-garde composer Blue Gene Tyranny, Daniel Erlewine to play lead guitar for the Sam Lay Blues Band (and to build guitars for the likes of Jerry Garcia and Albert King), and Michael Erlewine became an archivist, interviewed most of the blues greats, and created the All-Music Guide (allmusic.com) and other large Internet sites. By March of 1971, Michael was the only one left, playing piano and singing in bars under the name "Ann Arbor Heart Song." It was then that he met the love of his life, Margaret, married her, and found what he had been searching for and singing about. He gradually stopped playing.
Over the years there were more than 37 members in the Prime Movers. A few of these are listed below:
Lead Singer, harmonica Michael Erlewine
Guitars: Daniel Erlewine Craig Johnson Ron Asheton Jay Edwards
Keyboards: Robert Sheff Garby Leon
Bass Guitar: Jack Dawson Ilene Silverman R.T. Vinopal
Drums: James Osterberg (Iggy Pop) J.C. Crawford Phillip Erlewine
We are happy to say the Michael and Daniel Erlewine, Robert Sheff, and Jack Dawson are all still alive and well. Iggy Pop is alive, but is not in touch with the rest of the band.
This video was created, edited, and compiled by Michael Erlewine. A full album of the original Prime Movers Blues Band will be available soon. If you wish to be notified, feel free to email:
Photo of Panther White by Stanley Livingston
Photo of Prime Movers at table by Andy Sax
Produced at Heart Center Studios in Big Rapids, Michigan
Copyright 2008 by Michael Erlewine
Analog to Digital Transfer by www.FilmTransfer.com