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Further great gigs


D.L. Menard (the so-called cajun Hank Williams), and Eddie LeJeune, and Ken Smith (“Le Trio Cadien”) with the ????? Brothers, the Richmond pub in Brighton.

Boxcar Willie and the Tennessee Trainmen at the Dominion, Tottenham Court Road. He always met his fans and signs autographs in the foyer afterward. His mother ran the souvenir stand!

Gene Pitney, The Town Hall, Stratford, London E16. He signed his autograph for me.

60s veteran Mike Berry, the Lyceum. Half way through, this enormous teddy boy climbed up onto the stage, took the mike from Mike, and said, "I’ve lost me drape (jacket), I’ve lost me f****** drape". The show went on after he got it back.

Los Lobos at the Kilburn Town and Country club, the week before "La Bamba" was a UK hit.  wow it was hot that night!

Rocky Sharpe and the Razors, the ten-man doowop group who split to become Darts, and Rocky Sharpe and the Replays, at the Nashville Room, West Kensington. I taped the gig and I’ve still got the paper tissue, printed with a giant teardrop and "I cried at Rocky’s last gig".

Roman Holliday, a superb jump blues ‘n’ boogie band who disappeared without trace. What happened to them? They supported the Ramones, probably at the Hammersmith Palais.

Billy Joel at Wembley Arena, shame the seats were in the back row of the back section.

Rolling Stones at Earls Court, probably 1974. The sound was so bad that I had to read the NME review to get the set list.

The Who at Hammersmith Odeon about 1974. Truly wonderful, they totally lived up to their reputation.

The New Falcons at Weybridge Sports and Social Club, 1977 A fine country/pop covers band. Nice shirts, too.

Smiffy, featuring Wiffle Smith at Weybridge Sports and Social Club, 1977. Wiffle is one of the UK’s most underrated R&B singers.

Simon and Garfunkel at Wembley. Eerie.

The Blues Band firstly at Canning Town Bridge House about 1980, then at Feltham Town Hall about 1994.

Otis Grand and the Dance Kings at Feltham Town Hall about 1994.

The Ram Jam Band at Canning Town Bridge House about 1980.  No Geno Washington, but they sounded as good as on Hand Clappin' Foot Stompin' Funky-Butt...Live! , surely one of the all-time best LP titles, (although Folks, He Sure Do Pull Some Bow! Vintage Fiddle Music 1927-1935: Blues, Jazz, Stomps, Shuffles & Rags must be a close second!)

The VIPs all over London. 1977

Madness at the Bournemouth Exhibition Centre, supported by the VIPs. Lots of very scary characters with very short hair and swastikas were in the audience.

Crazy Cavan and the Rhythm Rockers all over London. Also the Hellraisers, Little Tina and Flight 56, the Rockin’ Devils, Freddie ‘Fingers’ Lee, Dave Taylor and Dynamite,

A sixties gig at Wembley Arena, including the Bachelors, John Leyton, the Tremeloes, Brian Poole .

Marty Wilde at the Royalty Ballroom, Southgate about 1980.

Screamin’ Lord Sutch at the Tide End Cottage pub in Teddington, about 6 weeks before he hanged himself.  Wee Willie Harris was there too. Rick Parfitt of Status Quo turned up for a jam.  The legendary Carlo Little was on drums.

Bob Kerr's Whoopee Band, with Art Wood as guest vocalist at the Thames Motor Yacht Club in Teddington.

Finally caught up with Dale Watson and his Lone Stars at the Borderline in 2000, recorded live for his Preachin’ to the Choir live double CD. This man is keeping the spirit alive.

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