“SUPERLUNGS” - TERRY REID DOCUMENTARY IN PRODUCTION
The Mighty Fresh feature documentary, Superlungs, chronicling the life and music career of Terry Reid is currently in production. Reid, now 65, is said to have passed on Jimmy Page’s offer to join Page’s New Yardbirds band, but in passing on the opportunity, Reid suggested Robert Plant and Jon Bonham to Page instead, and the three of them, along with John Paul Jones would go on to form Led Zeppelin.
Reid toured early in his career with the likes of The Rolling Stones and Cream, and kept close ties with rock icons such as Graham Nash, Eric Burdon and even Jimi Hendrix, but he was never able to match their success commercially.
Despite all the praise, the way Reid’s career played out from there is puzzling. Reid also passed on opportunities to replace Steve Winwood in The Spencer Davis Group and then Rod Evans in Deep Purple (Reid also contemplated auditioning for Journey before Steve Perry took the job). At the height of his success in 1969, Reid wound-up locked in a tumultuous legal dispute with manager/producer Mickie Most, preventing Reid from releasing new music for nearly 4 years before finally resurfacing again when Atlantic’s Ahmet Ertegun bought out Reid’s contract in 1973.