In my shows I will be featuring bands and singers who played our West London clubs during the ‘Swinging 60’s’, so many of these are still today selling out arenas across the world today.
In equal amounts Soul, Jazz, Rock ‘n Roll and R&B (60’s style) add in a little pop and classical just about covers my kinda music.
My favourite local clubs were the Blue Moon Hayes and Burtons Uxbridge but before going to these my Uncle Tom Dean took me to the Odeon Hammersmith where we saw concerts by the amazing Ella Fitzgerald, two great jazz pianists Errol Garner, Oscar Peterson plus Chuck Berry and Ray Charles. Later with my mates I would see there Stevie Wonder, EW&F, Santana, Neil Young, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band plus many other great acts, also Bob Dylan’s first appearance in the UK at the Royal Albert Hall and the Beatles and the Jackson 5’s only ever UK performance at the Astoria in Finsbury Park, how lucky was I….. I’m still a concert goer.
Back in the 60s I was Roadie for a great local band, Cliff Bennett and The Rebel Rousers, this was before getting a proper job. In my shows I will share some stories from those days, travelling across the country in the Transit van setting up for the gigs, it was great fun.
I’m still friends with Cliff who now lives in Somerset with his wife Anne. He occasionally performs and if you get the chance to see him, he still has a great soul voice.
To new bands and singers just starting out if there is any way I can help promote your gigs email me the details along with your profile and maybe a link to You Tube or your website.
This is the first time I have hosted my own show and I’m looking forward to hearing from fellow fans of the 60s bands and singers who played our clubs and you must include a request and some of your memories. These might have been The Stones at Botwell House, The Who at The Oldfield Hotel or Rod ‘The Mod’ Stewart or Eric Clapton at The Blue Moon and maybe, Cliff Bennett and Stevie Winwood at Burtons Uxbridge????
So, come on join me on my 60s shows and let’s have some fun bringing back some great memories.
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