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Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons at the London Palladium. The support act was the Nolan Sisters (the Nolans), but I donít talk about that.

Charlie Feathers, Warren Smith, Jack Scott and Buddy Knox at the Finsbury Astoria. A legendary weekend. I went twice, met the guys and Iíve photos to prove it. Warren seemed to be a bit short on songs, so he did most of them twice. He also did impersonations of different country stars. I wonder if Iíve still got my backstage pass.

The UK Subs, an under eighteens only gig somewhere in Camden about 1979.

A sixties benefit gig in aid of Stewart Henry's charity, Karl Denver, the Allisons, Billie Davis and many more who I am trying to recall.

Mac Wiseman, an open air gig at the Opryland theme park, Nashville.

Dwight Yoakam at the Kilburn Town and Country club, probably 1987. It was a shock to finally see him hatless (and hairless!) in the ĎIncident at Roswellí film.

Hank Wangford at the Half Moon in Putney.

Bobby Valentino, well-known Clark Gable lookalike and genius fiddle-player, at the Watermanís Arts Centre, Brentford, 1987-ish.

The Wilko Johnson Band at the Half Moon in Putney. About 1995.

Mr. Rico, ska trombonist at the Dublin Castle, Camden. About 1994.

French singer Eddie Michell somewhere in Rouen, France, supported by The Cruisers.

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Preservation Hall, New Orleans. The whole band are over 70 years old. 1981

The Revon Reed house band at Fredís Lounge, Mamou, Louisiana, October, 1981

The Undertones at Guildford Civic Hall. About 1979.

Stiff Little Fingers at Guildford Civic Hall. About 1979.

Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show, Hammersmith Odeon, about 1974-5, on two separate tours, once supported by Ian Dury in his Kilburn and the Highroads days. This funny man limped on with a stick, and everybody laughed, because nobody knew about his polio disability, and we all thought it was part of the act! Rock on, Ian. Who was the support on the other tour, I wonder?

Flying Pickets, Hammersmith Odeon, about 1983

Carl Perkins, Kilburn Town & Country club, A great legend, but made it look too easy, played for 59 minutes and no encore.

Craig Douglas, Weybridge Sports & Social club, great and he autographed my old pop annuals too.

Peter Sarstedt, Dominion, Tottenham Court Rd. Sounded wonderful, two hits, not sure about the leather trousers though, Peter.

Mamas and Papas, I think the top act on the above show, Spanky of Spanky and our Gang took Mama Cass's place.

Donovan, about 1980 Dominion, Tottenham Court Rd.

Davy Jones of the Monkees at Lakeside, Camberley. Good show, met him too.

Rolf Harris in pantomime 1997, Woking theatre

David Essex in pantomime, Richmond Theatre, 1998

Kimmie Rhodes, the Richmond pub in Brighton, Easter Sunday, the night before playing the Wembley Country festival. She threw sweets into the audience. I said hello to her. She was really sweet.  What ever happened to her? She was everywhere in the late 1980s.  She had the ubiquitous Wes McGhee in her band.

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