Duster Bennett - Smiling Like I'm Happy
Duster Bennett - Smiling Like I'm Happy
Duster Bennett - Smiling Like I'm Happy
Duster Bennett - Smiling Like I'm Happy
Duster Bennett - Smiling Like I'm Happy
Duster Bennett - Smiling Like I'm Happy

Duster Bennett - Smiling Like I'm Happy

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Duster Bennett (vocal, harmonica, guitar, bass-drum, high-hat cymbal)

Sella Sutton (vocal)

Peter Green (guitar)

John McVie (bass)

Mick Fleetwood (drums) [click here to see more vinyl featuring Mick Fleetwood]

Ham Richmond (piano)

Written by Duster Bennett (A1, A3, A4, A5, A6, B1, B2, B3, B6), Juke Boy Bonner (A2), Stella Sutton (A5), R. Geddins (B4), Jimmy McCracklin (B4), Magic Sam (B5)

1 LP, standard sleeve

Limited edition

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’



Record Press : Pallas

Label : Pure Pleasure Records

Original Label : Blue Horizon

Recorded at CBS Studios, London 8th, 9th July & 9th September 1968 by Mike Ross & Mike Fitzhenry

Produced by Mike Vernon

Originally released in November 1968


Tracks :

Side A :

1. Worried Mind
2. Life is a dirty deal
3. Country jam
 4. Trying to paint it in the sky
5. Times like these
6. My lucky day

Side B :

1. Got a tongue in your head
2. Jumping at shadows
3. 40 minutes from town
4. Shame shame shame
5. My love is your love
6. Shady little baby



"One of the unsung heroes of British blues, this one-man band was a fine harmonica player and singer, a decent guitarist, and a soulful enough singer to make one overlook his distinctly unbluesy high voice. The opening tune 'Worried Mind' — just Duster on harp, guitar, voice, high-hat and kick drum — is a marvelously sloppy shuffle romp that holds its own with the Fabulous Thunderbirds' work ten years hence. On other tracks Bennett is backed by three-fourths of the original Fleetwood Mac, who provide simple, effective support without stealing any limelight; solos are kept to a minimum. Originals 'My Lucky Day' (with chromatic harmonica) and 'Jumping at Shadows' (which Mac would later cover) are absolutely outstanding, and Duster does justice to Magic Sam's 'My Love Is Your Love.'" AllMusic Review by Dan Forte

British blues singer/musician Anthony "Duster" Bennett performed as a one-man band for his debut album "Smiling Like I'm Happy". He played the bass drum with his foot, blew a harmonica on a rack, while strumming a 1952 Less Paul Goldtop guitar which was given to him by Peter Green. Backed by his girlfriend Stella Sutton and the original Fleetwood Mac on three tracks, the album was well-received among blues fans. The popular blues club player met his early demise at the age of 30 from a car crash in 1976.


AllMusic : 4.5 / 5

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