Sir Lord Baltimore – “The Godfathers of Stoner Rock”

From left: Louis Dambra, Gary Justin, and John Garner, c. 1971

From left: Louis Dambra, Gary Justin, and John Garner, c. 1971

Every now and then you run across a bit of music from your past that you haven’t heard in a while and you realize “Damn I forgot how good this was.” I have since forgotten who first turned me on to Sir Lord Baltimore but I remember being very young and enthralled by their music. One of the other cool things about this band is that they are notable for the fact that a 1971 review of their debut record, Kingdom Come, contained the first documented use of the term “heavy metal” to refer to a style of music.


      Sir Lord Baltimore is an American rock band from Brooklyn, New York, formed in 1968 by lead vocalist/drummer John Garner, guitarist Louis Dambra, and bass player Gary Justin.

Their Debut album Kingdom Come was released in 1970 on Mercury Records. Heavy guitar, and bass distortion, and fast paced Rock N Roll, made this a standout record in that era of contemporary Rock music. some of the tracks,mixing, and overdubbing were done at Electric Lady Studios by Eddie Kramer. Rumor has it that Pink Floyd heard some of these sessions and were said to be impressed.

I am continuing my mission to bring you Rock N’ Roll music you should be listening to from the past,  to the present, and all points in between. Check out the track “Kingdom Come” and tell me these guys didn’t Rock!

     it’s loud, it’s dirty, it’s ROCK N’ ROLL!

     the Hellion

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