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My Music Heroes: Elvis, Buddy Holly, Lonnie Donegan, Little Richard, Sam Cooke, Cliff and The Shadows, Jerry Lee Lewis, Everley Bros, Chuck Berry, Del Shannon, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles ,Nat King Cole, Fred Astaire, Dean Martin, Spike Jones and the City Slickers, Tina Turner, Carole King, Motown and Stax Records Beach Boys Phil Spector..Michael Jackson.
My Comedy Hero’s Laurel and Hardy, Abbot and Costello, Marx Brothers, 3 Stooges, Spike Jones and the City Slickers, Bob Hope & Bing Crosby, Stan Freberg, George Formby, Norman Wisdom, Tommy Cooper, The Goons, Monty Python, Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis, Gene Wilder, Mel Brooks, Jim Carey, Steve Martin, Leslie Nielsen, Will Ferrell, Adam West’s 60s Batman tv series and the team of Radio Four’s “I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue”. Father Ted! The Aquabots. John Shuttleworth.
Bands I have been in.
1957/58 Jack o’ Diamonds Skiffle Group
1959/61 Patti Brook and the The Diamonds
1962/63 Jet Harris and the Jetblacks
1964 Emile Fords Checkmates
1964 Wes Minster 5
1965 Tony Brook and the Breakers (alias Terry Webster)
1965/66 The Zac Lawrence Quartet (Resident band at The Kings Arms Old Kent Road)
1966/1970 The 4 Statesmen (comedy show band)
1970/76 The Rockin Berries
1976/1980 Terry Webster and Dictionary
1980/86 solo artiste.
1986/96 The Rockin Berries
1965/1999 Frank Hepworth and The Dreaded Kalahari Bushmen Skiffle group guest appearances over many years.
1997/2001 Terry Websters Mighty Juke Box Band
2001 Chartbusters Show
2001 to 2016 Solo artiste.
2015 Americana Country Rock band ATLANTA as Bass guitar/backing vocals
2016/2020 The Webstars (Foreverly tribute with son Terry)
A Few words from Terry
Had my EMI recording “Meanie Genie” been a hit in 1964 I would be known to this day as Tony Brook. Needless to say it didn’t happen. A chart hit in those days would change your life. Elton John would still be Reg Dwight. Cliff Richard Harry Webb……
FRONT PAGE OF THE NME. I WAS WITH THE SAME MANAGEMENT AS PETER AND GORDON
Coincidence that my Son in Law Anton has a Northern Soul DJ friend from Leeds now living in L,A, Anton mentioned he was looking for a good copy of “Meanie Genie”.His friend said it was one of his all time favourites and not only had the record but two copies of the NME 1964 one of which he kindly let me have He was gobsmacked to know I was his Father in Law.
Jimmy Hendrix and I had something in common, we both started on an instrument with one string. There the similarity fades as I had no ambition to be a lead guitarist. 1957 My one string was on an old mandolin that my sister Jean gave me when I was fourteen. I spent the best part of an hour trying to get a tune out of that one string. I was to become more of a vocalist and I would alternate between rhythm guitar and bass guitar. Main love, bass guitar. I was a late starter (35) on Keyboards but find it essential for programming my recordings. I wanted a piano in my teens but we lived in a block of flats and my attempts at playing like Jerry Lee may have not been appreciated.
I played real double bass on my That’ll Be The Day’ Album tracks thanks to having custody of a double bass from brilliant bassist Gary Simons. Never had a double bass of my own as I had a mortgage.
At the age of 14 my eldest sister Jean and husband John gave me a mandolin with one string. It had a rounded stripey back. I took it to their best friend Frank Hepworth who had a skiffle group The Marletohnians that was the Ram Hotel spelt backwards. The Ram was their stomping ground and right next to our block of flats off Queen Street in Wakefield. Amongst the American folk songs and the odd trad jazz number, Frank would throw in outrageously filthy songs hence he was hugely popular around Wakefield pubs and clubs but not with a prudish Catholic like my mum. Frank processed cooked meat products at the rear of Kilburns butchers shop at the very top of Queen Street. Here comes that Webster kid with a mandolin. Having to break off from throwing meat into a vat of boiling water he fairly reluctantly told me to get some ukelele strings and he would show me a few chords. He didn’t expect to see me again after putting the four uke’ strings on my mandolin ( a mandelele maybe?) and writing out the chords and words for Lonnie Donegans ‘My Dixie Darling’ but, fingers sore, I was back the next day ‘Freight Train’, ‘Puttin On The Style”The ballad of Jesse James’ and the next until he was sick of seeing me, such was my resolve. Over the years Frank became immensely proud to say that he’d shown me those first chords. Over many years I would occasionally sit in with his skiffle group re named the Dreaded Kalahari Bushmen. (A tribe known for their impressive ‘weapons’. Ahem!). There were some great characters in the group noteably Washboard player Dave Milsom and Tony ‘Kozzy’ Costello on piano. The group lasted till Frank passed away age 73 just over a decade ago. A real showman who progressed from merchant navy cook to processing meat at Kilburns butchers before owning his own small pie and peas shop In Wakefield centre and later a fish and chip shop out of town called Frank’s, then the ultimate a fish and chip shop in the city centre complete with a night club at the rear called ‘Heppy’s Fish ‘Ole’. He would sometimes feature strippers and other artistes as well as his skiffle group and when the strippers were booked it would be billed as ‘Fish n Strips’ night. Through the 70’s and 80’s Famous TV and Recording celebrities appearing at Wakefield Theatre Club, Batley Variety club and Ace Club would make Heppy’s their after show retreat with a fish n chip supper and no doubt a drunken finale till all hours.
Frank was a Wakefield legend. I wrote a song around some of his lyrics. “The Time Of My Life”.” the song as I saw it was about ” Wine, Women and Song.” Frank was over the moon with it and enjoyed singing it at the Wakefield Arms every Saturday night where people joined in with the chorus. ( You could say in that respect it was the only song I had ever done that people sang along to) Frank insisted it be played at his funeral knowing the end was not too far away. Rather than Holy water he joked the priest should sprinkle whiskey on his coffin.
Wakefield Cathedral was full to capacity and the recording was played bringing a lump to my throat. RIP Frank.
Rock n Roll ! .Wouldn’t have missed it for anything !
My parents were called Joseph and Mary but I wasn’t born in Bethlehem just plain old Manygates Hospital Wakefield. My Dad was a good old Yorkshire Miner. Mum worked at t’ woollen mill before she became stricken with MS when I was around six years old. I have two sisters Jean and Pat. Like myself Pat had vocal talent and there in 1957 I now had a ‘mandelely’ instrument to accompany us as we performed for Mum and Dad in the living room. The Ukelele chords I learned came in handy for my daft George Formby impression I have been doing for 50 years. Favourite? ‘Sitting On The Ice In The Ice Rink’. Now I do a George Formby rap version of it in a ‘Vanilla Ice’ sort of way.
I formed a skiffle group with some of my St Austins Catholic school class mates in ’57. This required a tea chest bass, (box with a piece of rope attached) a metal washboard, thimbles on the fingers, a couple of acoustic guitars and a singer. Skiffle man Frank kindly let me borrow his unusual Spanish style acoustic 4 string guitar which seemed enormous after playing ukelele chords on a little mandolin. Our sole aim was to play to our classroom of form 4 boys for the Christmas party along with the fairy cakes, jellies and custard. The teacher was so impressed we were reluctantly taken round the whole school, even the girls classes as we were a segregated school. I knew then that shy little me had overcome being out of my safety ‘boyzone’. Behind a guitar and a song I found a different me. I managed to coax Mum and Dad into buying me a £40 1959 Hoffner Club 60 electric guitar and Selmer Truvoice amplifier with built in tremelo effect. I still have the Hoffner. It was and still is pretty awful to play. A 70’s pic of me with The Hoffner Club 60 semi solid. Still worth…..£40.
Fender guitars were not an option that we could afford. These days I have a modest collection of two 1972 Fender Custom Telecasters and an ’80’s Squire bass guitar.
My sister Pat was pretty stage struck and always nattering to join my skiffle group. I finally relented. letting her join us on stage at City WMC in Wakefield and the ovation we got after singing ‘Lollipop’ by The Mudlarks couldn’t be ignored. She really had the looks and confidence vocally that won us our black n white TV debut on ‘Carol Levis’s Discoveries’ 1959. We auditioned at Leeds Grand Theatre and as young innocents were agog at the cleavage of the hostess who my mate remembers to be Jackie Collins? We sang Paul Anka’s ‘Diana’, it didn’t seem to matter that my sister was singing about a girl. Unknown to us our Mum entered us through ‘The Disc’ music paper for the 1960 Soho Fair Vocal Group Contest in far away London. 7 hours journey in those days. The 1959 winners were Emile Ford and The Checkmates that set them on their road to fame. As Patti Brook and The Diamonds we won the 1960 contest and while we never achieved the same amount of fame as Emile he became our guardian getting us with his agents the Grade/Delfont organisation and on his many tours. He produced our first record at Pye.
We were soon touring with Emile and the Checkmates package shows that featured many other name recording artistes of the early 60s. Our first record on the Pye label was ‘Since You’ve Been Gone’. The Checkmates played on the session as our group was quite inexperienced. I was allowed to play rhythm guitar and join in with harmonies on the record. Patti later made solo records at Pye produced by TONY HATCH who I found very un rock n roll. This was reflected in Patti’s next single ‘When The Red Red Robin’ with an orchestra and singers. We were very proud to be a support act on THE SHADOWS first solo tour minus CLIFF following their hit ‘APACHE’. It was awesome sharing the same tour bus as HANK, BRUCE, JET and TONY. A few months later however our group disbanded, I returned home doing normal day jobs for £5 per week . Van driving delivering laundry, bread, milk , groceries, pork pies ‘n pasties. Tyre fitting…. The strangest job I had was as a professional bacon boner. There would be half a dozen or so ageing gents and my 17 year old self around a massive wooden table each with a side of bacon to bone. A couple of the chaps were brass band musicians and with bemused disdain commented ” He’s crackers!” as I mouthed pretend rock n roll instrument noises digging the knife in trying to beat my previous best speed at boning. Got the odd little nick as the knives were very sharp. Not a good job for a guitarist, so lucky. Actually it is quite a theraputic activity bacon boning. Not forgetting the ham shanks…….. Meanwhile my sister (stage name PATTI BROOK) remained based in London getting top work touring with the likes of LONNIE DONEGAN, FRANKIE VAUGHEN and CLIFF and the SHADOWS. Patti did a couple of famous duets. She sang “A ROCKIN GOOD WAY” with EMILE FORD on ‘Saturday Spectacular’ TV show and a duet with CLIFF for the YOUNG ONES film ‘THE FIRST LESSON IN LOVE ‘ Cliffs leading lady Carol Gray mimed to Patti’s voice. Patti also recorded one of his rare compositions ‘I Love You I need You’. Cliff was advised by his manager to use a writers pseudonym to avoid romance speculation but I this was ignored by Cliff. He was very excited about his song getting recorded. It was played recently on Brian Mathews radio 2 show.
JET HARRIS AND THE JETBLACKS DUTCH TV REHEARSAL 1962
ME ON BASS GUITAR FAR RIGHT
Jet Harris confided in my sister Patti the shocking news that he was leaving the group and would use a London band called Nite Sounds who just happened to need a guitarist that could sing. I’M FREE!! This gave me the opportunity to audition and get the job. Jet allowed me to switch from guitar and become his bass player as he would now be a twangy guitar soloist in the style of Duanne Eddy. We became Jet Harris’s Jetblacks with a dream first tour supporting Little Richard and Sam Cook that also featured a 15 year old Billy Preston on Keyboards. Billy used to often sit and chat with me on the tour bus. He was very streetwise for his age compared with me at 19. ‘Where’s the red light district?’ he asks me trying to appear grown up while looking out the bus window at the streets of London. Er? I was still a quite naive Yorkshire lad but soon worked out what he meant. I remember Gene Vincent pulling alongside the tour bus in a sports car and offering Little Richard a lift to the gig. Richard accepted and Gene told him to fasten his seat belt. “You aimin’ to take off? Said Richard, worried.
Jet Richard Gene Sam There was much anxiety for the Americans at that time in 1962 due to the Cuban Missile Crisis they wanted to be home in case of WW3. When the show arrived at Liverpool Empire there was an unknown guest group joining us called The Beatles with their new release ‘Love Me Do’. They became very famous and you will also be pleased to know World War three was also averted. Brilliant Website Bradford Timeline. I found posters and programmes relating to my story….
Little Richard Sam Cooke Jet Harris & The Jetblacks Breakaways Sounds Incorporated Bob Bain (compere)Little Richard was not on the 12th and 26th showsSam Cooke missed the first and last showsPromoter :(PICTURES FROM PROGRAMMES BY PROXY OF BRADFORD TIMELINE TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE)
Jet Harris Ticket – Doncaster
Full copy of Granada programme (Flickr)
Full copy of programme (Flickr)
While Jet had session musicians on his first hits with producer Jack Good at EMI records, I at least got to do a vocal duet with him on a song called ‘Some People’. That was a hit B side. Jack seemed impressed at my ability to harmonise in the 30 minutes we were there, but alas Jack was moving to America…….Right place , wrong time…
. The Jetblacks are mentioned on Jet’s page inside the programme. To be on the same show as Del Shannon was fantastic as only a year before I would hear his hit RUNAWAY while I was working on a bread delivery day job. In his dressing room Del told us about his college days and his love playing American football. Nice guy….great singer, a hero...Freddy Cannon gave Sounds Incorporated a bxxxxxxxing! for not being loud enough at rehearsal. “It’s’ Fxxxing’ Rock n Roll! Turn it up you xxxxxxxxs! An angry man it seemed….His hit “Way Down Yonder” was in my rock n roll repertoire and I still do it on occasions..
We were featured in a film clip with Jet and a 20 year old me is showing my acting skills at hardly moving…… “Just For Fun” 1963
When drummer Tony Meehan left the Shadows and teamed up with Jet I became unsettled as new sax player ChrisHughes dished out sheets of music. At first I bluffed that I could read music and nobody noticed. The first tune was Duke Ellington’s “Take The A Train” which I was familiar with thanks to my jazz jam sessions with Glenn Hughes and Dave Quincey, but the atmosphere seemed a little more serious with these top players like guitarist Joe Morretti and they played on Jet and Tony’s number one hits. We would be losing my new best mate and brilliant drummer Jim Ellis and as my sister Pat had a tour coming up with Frankie Vaughen and we could be her backing band. So I offered my job to bassist John Baldwin (Later John Paul Jones) who was usually around at rehearsals being mates with these new guys. I wasn’t aware of any plan to dimiss me from the band and was quite happy to move on. Jim, Dave, Pete and me stayed together as the Jetblacks and went on the Frankie Vaughen tour with Patti before just going out as a four piece band doing a stint in Germany and playing Dance Hall venues around the UK even The Cavern Club. THAT KENNEDY MOMENT : We were at a venue in Redruth Cornwall when the President got shot.
CAVERN POSTER ‘copyright Bill Harry. Permission granted’
I CAME ACROSS THE CAVERN POSTER ON THE INTERNET WITH OUR PHOTO AT THE BOTTOM. IT IS FRAMED ON THE WALL OF OUR BLACK AND WHITE KITCHEN
Oh! and The Royal Albert Hall! A huge charity show starring Dusty, Brian Poole and The Tremelos, and 3rd on the bill the up and coming Rolling Stones. ‘I Wanna Be Your Man’.I sang that song a year or so later while resident with The Zac Lawrence quartet at The Kings Arms pub on the Old Kent Road (since demolished)
The best time was when nutcase drummer Rory Blackwell was compere for two weeks. Rory was known at the time for breaking the drumming record playing drums non stop for days. I did my Mick Jagger lips singing ” I wanna be your Man” with Rory chipping in with a gruff Bermondsey twang ‘Roit ap yor poip!’ I Wanna Be Your Man ‘ Roit ap yor poip!’….. Still makes me laugh that one. I wasn’t sure about the connotation at the time. Ahem!
Okay we are not top of the bill but neither are The Stones
Back stage at the Albert Hall was a huge area to accommodate orchestral musicians, tonight it was the changing area for all these bands. It seamed the lesser known groups to the left and better known to the right so we never got to mingle with this mysterious bunch The Stones. They seemed to have a self awareness of their status due to the media interest they were getting at that time. Thanks Bradford Timeline for this programme.
|February 1st 1964London (Royal Albert Hall)
The Jet Blacks Terry Judge & The Barristers Brian Poole & The Tremeloes
|Alan Randall Brian Poole & The Tremeloes Dusty Springfield & The Echoes The Jetblacks The Original Checkmates The Rolling Stones The Seekers The Swinging Blue Jeans Terry Judge & The Barristers Tony Marsh (compere)Artists appearing in alphabetical order”A Night With The Stars”
The Rolling Stones
Full copy of programme (Flickr)
The Original Checkmates The Swinging Blue Jeans
Everything ground to halt as the Jetblacks split. I found it necessary to get a day job. I managed to get a driving job for a contract hire garage company in Holland Park. I delivered Printing paper around Greater London, and sometimes medical supplies to chemists and Harley Street doctors. I felt quite important in the London traffic as my little white van had a sticker at the back “Urgent medical supplies!”. I realised the garage company was the same company that supplied Rickards coaches for the pop tours I had been on. I had a brief relationship with a sweet girl cashier at my bank branch in Fulham. It turned out that I had worked for her dad who was the foreman of that very same van and coach garage. What a coincidence. ‘ Ere! You goin’ ‘art with that rock n roller?
My time touring with Emile came in handy as his band left him in’63 and as I was a bass player and familiar with the Checkmates harmonies briefly I was a Checkmate for a few dates in the West Country. Emile had to drive us in a van through one of the worst winter freeze ups of the century.
Another one off bass playing gig was with The Terry Young Six who were in a bit of a flap as their bass man John Rostill had thrown a wobbly and gone missing. John was one of my bass player mates on the London scene. I was driven by their drummer at frightening speed in a ‘Tranny’ van to the tip of West Wales. The gig went well and John got over his problem whatever it was…
John Rostill later joined The Shadows. John sadly died quite young.
Drummer Jim and I later got involved in the Rhythm & Blues scene with a band named the Wes Minster 5. We recorded sessions for a Blue Beat label Carnival backing various West Indian artistes. I sang and played bass on our version of Smokey Robinson’s Mickeys Monkey B/W Sticks n Stones.
At EMI Columbia in ’64 we recorded a single of my own song ‘Meanie Genie’ B/W ‘Ooh Poo Pah Doo’ . I was to be known as Tony Brook with the Breakers. (You Tube) However producer Norman Newell was a disapointment as he took away my bass guitar, stuck me on ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars’ without the band or a guitar in my hand trying to turn me into a solo artiste as he was rather behind. In more ways than one.
THANK YOUR LUCKY STARS
Saturday 2nd May 1964
Host Brian Matthew
The Band of Angels,
Me and Them,
Guest DJ Alan Freeman
My next single at Abbey Rd was a daunting experience with a large studio orchestra allowing just one take only of an Ivor Raymond song ‘ Love Dances On’ B side my own song ‘I Wont Hurt You’ an early attempt by me at Motown style. Tribute here to the lovely ‘Breakaways’ backing singers the only friendly faces on that day.
Drummer Jim Ellis now lives in Sweden but we remain best mates and still in touch. See our line up in the film “Just For Fun” ‘You Tube ‘Man From Nowhere‘ Jet Harris. Pop pickers! Not ‘arf…I,m in the shadows literally.
I am the bass player on this film clip but we were miming to an orchestra track. You can see by bass and not much of me but boy can my left eye act !Line up Terry bass guitar Jim Ellis Drums PeteCarter guitar Dave Quincey tenor sax. Glenn Hughes baritone sax.Always wanted a double bass. I played real double bass on my That’ll Be The Day’ Album tracks thanks to having custody of a double bass from brilliant bassist Gary Simons as he moved house.Never had a double bass of my own as I had a mortgage.*********************************************************************************
My sister Patti quit the show biz merry go round in 1964 directly after a summer season with comic TV star Arthur Haynes at Scarboro’s Futurist Theatre. Back home in West Yorkshire she became a resident vocalist with the hugely popular Graham Warner Band at the Mecca Ballroom in Bradford Yorkshire. She has been happily married to Graham ever since with daughter Sarah and 2 grandchildren. Sadly Graham passed away in January 2020.
My daft sense of humor and flare for impersonation came to fruition in the mid 60s taking me away from the London pop scene. On my return to Yorkshire I joined a Leeds comedy group The 4 Statesmen. We were soon packing out the clubs around the North of England. Opportunity Knocks 1967 we came 3rd to The Silver Statue muscle man and a little girl doing a monologue in a gingerbread house.
While at a club in York I was aproached by a very distinguished elderly Gentleman named Prendergast well know for owning the York Rialto Cinema and being the father of the very famous composer John Barry who did the Bond music. He wanted to manage me and paid £25 for a trip to London for a photo session. I had the photo session with the legendry Dezo Hoffman.
I hated the pic’s.
Unfortunate that Mr Prendergast wanted to promote me as a compere on pop shows. Not my scene I’m afraid and felt guilty ever since for ceasing to make contact after his £25 investment. RIP Mr Prendergast. Bless You. Right place, right time, wrong idea.
In 1970 I was asked to join the Rockin Berries replacing their frontman. There were some memorable times, TV, radio slots, The London Palladium supporting Tom Jones a tour with Sacha Distel, Stephan Grapelli, Olivia Newton John and Ted Rogers. Our first son Terry was born while I was on that tour and Sacha was the one who gave me and the audience in Plymouth the great news.
Joining the Berries was one step forward and two steps back as I became embroiled in their tax problem s due to dodgy accountants.
I was frustrated as a comedian as I still yearned to make it in the pop charts. Doing impersonations is fun and earns me a living but I wanted to prove I had my own originality by writing songs. A pointless exercise it turns out. It was the 70s I wanted to write a Disco hit. I signed all my songs to a small independent record company called Satril. My ‘Do Wop’ song “Angela” was covered by a Swedish group called The Boppers and included on their hit album earning them and Satril a silver disc.The boss promised me a silver disc but like royalties etc I never got one.
“I Wanna See You Dancin” was a Radio Luxemburg ‘Powerplay’ played for a whole week but failed to take off as it didn’t make the Radio One playlist that was crucial. I was contacted by a Northern soul producer who thought it was in the vain of Bee Gees at the time ie: “Jive Talkin” but the Northern soul bubble had burst and we never got a track going before the record company went bust. Right place Wrong Time.
I recently found I did have a Disco hit in a small way in Sweden’ ,Trinidad Tobago and God knows where else. Satril still do what they like with my songs and 70s album, Rockin Berries albums and just ignore me. And, I wonder if Jive Bunny have at last put my name to my’ ‘Do Wop Christmas’ to name but one on their annual Christmas albums yet? Let me know, because looking at the sleeve credits over all those years not showing my name credit has upset me alot. It’s not a money issue but recognition for creativity.
On a more pleasing note. It was great to be asked by my young friend. top writer and pop producer Tim Woodcock to sing on ex Blue Simon Webbe’s track “A Love Like That” on his ‘Grace’ album. Tim is still convinced it could have been a hit single. That would have been a great story for me. Ah well…..I am looking forward to releasing a few more albums of my ‘cover versions’ over the next few months and I am hoping to surprise a few people with some uncanny vocals…
I was lucky in love marrying Brenda in 1969 and we are very proud of our four wonderful children and now three grandchildren Lily, Isobela, and Jed. Our sons and daughters Terry, Cindy, Victoria and Benare all extremely talented in art and design. Music has always been part of their lives though not following musical careers, Terry jnr joins me on stage occasionally in an Everley Brothers tribute . He is a professional graphic designer at in Hull and designed the superb cartoon character for my Rock a Doodle Do record production sleeves. Victoria and Ben helped out occasionally on my Jive Bunny recordings when I needed kids voices. And at 16 years old Victoria did a belting version of The Jacksons ABC.(Click to play) She also features in a cover version of Carole King’s ‘IT MIGHT AS WELL RAIN UNTIL SEPTEMBER ‘ for my ‘THATLL BE THE DAY‘ album. Could never get her on stage. She has quite an important job at ASDA in Leedsdesigning shelf location for their stores and Ben graduated from the University of Lincoln to a career in website design and development at Artsgraphica based in Lincoln. Cindy is an equestrian genius as a horse rider and teacher with her own school situated near Dorking Surrey. She is one of the few qualified teachers in the UK of Western style riding. She is a Champion at Barrel Racing. Her exciting event at Hickstead last year featured 3 Olympic show jumpers competing for fun. Cindy also has an amazing talent for equine paintings of horse and rider. Find out more at www.cwwesterntraining.co.uk
Thanks to my son Ben for setting me up with this great Website.
With the aid of this site I get some satisfaction in my old age that I am able to correct people who leave me out of their information. When you spend your life struggling for morsels of recognition of one’s talents any claim to fame is important, but I have been involved on and off with some rather unfair and sometimes nasty people along the way that take that take the credit for themselves or are misinformed. In my stage shows I make up for lost time as with The Rocking Berries all those years it was very restricting vocally as I was the comedy side of the show. More than a few words I’m afraid. Big 73 here we come!!!!
THE AGE GAP GETS WIDER AND COMEDY IS GETTING HARDER TO BOTHER ABOUT. These days I can relax more and work when I want avoiding audiences that wont suit my kind of show…………………………………
My new Christmas album shows who did what for Jive Bunny! Like so many in the music business getting recognition is a battle. The trouble is they have the publishing making sure I don’t benefit at all from my work.
Dying the proverbial death.
It is an experience we have to endure particularly in comedy. Dry mouth, shaky legs, clumsiness. Above all the routine 99% you somehow never forget the 1% horror shows.
Working Mens Clubs can be a graveyard for comedy as I know only too well. I have been known to walk off stage in anger. I’ll remember the names to my dying day.
Westminster Club Doncaster Shotton Colliery WMC North East, Primrose Hill wmc Wakefield ( Home town) Fern House wmc Wakefield. Silverwood social Rotherham (walked off). Lane Top Social Sheffield, Risca Wmc Sth Wales(Rockin Berries), WheelTappers and Shunters TV embarrassment. WheelTappers and Shunters pub Benidorm. Butlins Bognor Regis, Bernard Manning’s Embassy club Manchester (Thanks to Bernard for that because we were late from earlier gig in Oldham) Sunderland Mecca ballroom, South Sydney Junior League club Australia. Birtley Social club Newcastle , Post Office Club Edinborough,