Music Archive (274)
On 13 July 1973, around 40 people – mostly Ducks Deluxe fans – were present to witness Dr Feelgood’s Tally Ho debut. This wasn’t the Feelgoods’ first London appearance – in August 1972 they had appeared in a rock ’n ‘roll revival show at Wembley Stadium, as the backing group for ex-Tornado and ‘Just Like Eddie’ star, Heinz. Jerry Lee Lewis and Chuck Berry topped the bill.
© Words Matteo Sedazzari
Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains (directed by Lou Adler, Up in Smoke and ex owner of Dunhill and Ode record labels) is a marvellous film that captures the trappings of fame, life on the road and general chaos experienced in rock ‘n’ roll. Released in 1982 although made in 1980, with additional footage shot two years later to offer a more positive ending to same. It tells the story of an all female punk/new wave band The Fabulous Stains from Pennsylvania. Looking like sixties group The Shaggs, led by the arrogant and distrustful Corinne “third degree” Burns played by Diane Lane
Before the onset of beat groups the sharpest sound around in the UK was trad jazz. This was a highbred of traditional jazz but as post-war Britain entered a period of massive social change and upheaval the new music became the sound of a generation determined to enjoy itself. Key names emerged like Acker Bilk, Chris Barber, and Kenny Ball. All were consummate musicians who had mastered their individual instruments.
Many believe his larger than life stage performances were related to Sammy’s secret desire to be liked and to overcome prejudice. He finished his army days in the entertainment section traveling across the US, gorging himself on the joy of being liked. He looked for haters in his audience and gave his performances an extra burst of strength and energy to make them acknowledge him as an entertainer. Back in Civy Street he perfected his performances
©Words Nick Churchill www.thegranvillechambers.co.uk
Her godfather was the Godfather of Soul himself, James Brown. Her mother is Brown’s explosive backing singer Vicki Anderson; her step-father, his right-hand man Bobby Byrd. She grew up with her grandparents during the civil rights movement of the 1960s and by the age of there was singing solos in her grandfather’s church.
© Words Matteo Sedazzari
“You don't get anywhere without effort, do you lad?” Ruxton Towers Reformatory’s Governor - The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962)
Harsh words of encouragement to young offender Colin Smith, the central character in the above. A young man who finds himself incarcerated, due to a burglary. Smith is a rebellious youth, whose only form of solace is to run long distances, where he feels he is away from the world,
© Words Matteo Sedazzari
It would unfair to say that Nile Rodgers is having a renaissance, as his music has never gone away nor has it aged, be it Sister Sledge or Chic, timeless classics that still enthral and pulsate any dance floor, regardless of age. I remember back in my days of clubbing, late eighties to early nighties, that Sister Sledge’s Thinking of You became a club anthem, the smiles on the dancers faces were truly beautiful,
© Words Oscar De Paul
Bradford’s ‘Blue Pelicans’ have realized that building up a live following is far more important that chasing a record deal nowadays. It’s all about the live experience for this laid back quartet and growing organically through playing in front of audiences. It’s the old fashioned “learning your chops” maxim that drives them at the moment and they are determined to stick to it.
The Jar Family are from Hartlepool, a tough port town in the North East of England, and it seems that The Jar Family are a collection of musicians from this background. Stemming from adversity, minimum pay jobs or near homelessness with a bleak future ahead, it seemed the only thing they had was music.
© Words - Matteo Sedazzari
©Words - Gia Marie Barbera
Stephen Dale Petit is a genius. He is simply a musical and a lyrical genius in his own right. His album Cracking the code is evident of this. Stephen is truly a great songwriter and poet. When playing live he can really play. It's no wonder Rolling Stone Mick Taylor and The Black Keys Patrick Carney joined forces with him on his album Cracking the code. He is that good and listening to his album is emotional.
Ronald Wycherley was born in 1940 and brought up in Liverpool. As a child he suffered rheumatic fever which left his heart weak but that did not stop him from becoming a consummate performer. In almost formulaic way his father bought him a guitar, (aged 14) and he taught himself to play. Whilst not the best guitarist he was quite good at writing songs and when he saw the Girl can’t help it (1956) and a friend told him he looked like Eddie Cochrane, he was sold on a career as a rock’roller.
Robert George Meek was born in 1929 in Newent, England. Joe’s mother wanted a girl and dressed him as a girl. Whilst his three brothers were outward going young Joe was introverted and enjoyed staging magic shows for other children and dressing up for his own elaborate theatre productions. His other love was old radios and record players. Joe began building his own electrical gadgets and would rig up speakers so the local cherry pickers could listen to the radio as they worked. Later he became a mobile DJ, travelling the area with his own mobile set up,
Fender have a Stratocaster to giveaway to one lucky winner who heads over to their official UK & ROI Facebook page.
© Words Alan McGee
It’s been a busy 6 months and there have been many revelations, Where to start? I have started a label called 359 Music with my old friend Iain McNay from Cherry Red. Iain has been around since the start; he signed my songs as a publisher 33 years ago. There had been talk of my new label for a while and I had the option of running 1123 Records for Warner’s Japan but when it came down to it owning half of the company is a lot more sexy than a 6 figure salary and no shares,