I started out my musical career as a drummer & vocalist, singing and playing in bands both in the UK & on the Continent. Some of my first professional engagements in Germany were at the famous Star Club and Top Ten Club Hamburg where my group 'Linda Laine and the Sinners' played alongside Elton John’s first band 'Bluesology'. I have many little anecdotes I could relate to but chose to share the following with you.
Reg Dwight (Elton)
was the keyboard player with Bluesology & they wouldn’t let him sing too much, he only sang 2 songs then...but look at him now, we all had a great time together.
During my career I have recorded many times at EMI’s Abbey Road Studios made famous by the Beatles. When appearing on the same bill as the Beatles at the State Ballroom Kilburn cheeky me politely asked Ringo Starr to move his drums, to which he replied " We've got a roadie who does that" !
George Harrison broke a guitar string in their 1st half & asked our guitarist Del Hidden if he had a spare string in exchange for a cigarette. Del quickly obliged.
I remember them walking into the Ballroom & I think it was John Lennon who shouted out
‘Ere lads they’ve got a bird with them’ meaning our girl singer Linda.
What a night that was, the 'Beatles' were fabulous, just four nice lads from Liverpool who couldn't believe the success they had found. The State Ballroom Kilburn had never seen anything like it before......Beatlemania had finally arrived.
I once appeared on a TV show called Discs A Gogo recorded in Bristol and an unknown singer named Tom Jones was on the same show, he was very pleasant to talk to but had to dash off after recording the TV show to do a gig at a Working Mens Club in Wales with his group The Squires ....................the rest is history.
During the 70's I worked as a session musician for various music publishers & songwriters in and around London recording several times at Ex Beatles producer George Martin's famous Air London studios where I recorded for RCA records. I also recorded for the BBC recording many radio shows for Terry Wogan & Jimmy Young with my band Peanuts, which was a group managed by the Barron Knights manager, Tony Averne.
On to the present.
For the past few years I have been taking bookings as a solo keyboard player/vocalist and enjoy playing & singing a variety of music, particularly songs from the 'Great American Songbooks' and great pop & soul classics. The majority of my bookings are for private functions, such as Weddings, Anniversaries, Private Parties, Restaurants, Clubs, Hotels & Golf Clubs (Functions). I am always busy with Christmas & New Year functions so it is advisable to book early for these. I sing & play a variety of music appropriate to the function & the requirements of the person booking me.
The Harmonica is another one of the instruments I play, it is featured on 3 songs on my CD.
I particularly enjoy the Harmonica style of Stevie Wonder.
The Barron Knights
As well as my solo work as a Solo keyboard/piano player & vocalist, I have tour as a member of the Barron Knights and I have been their keyboard player and one of their vocalists since 2007 playing in Theatres & venues all over the UK, during which time I have had the pleasure of working with many wonderful stars including
Paul Daniels & Debbie McGee, Jonathon Morris (Adrian in the TV sitcom Bread)
Also The very funny Jethro, Bobby Davro, Duncan Norvelle, Stan Boardman
& the late great Frank Carson
and also with groups from the 60’s & 70’s,
‘The Tremeloes’, ‘The Fortunes’, ‘Marmalade’ ,Gerry & The Pacemakers,
Dave Berry, Vanity Fare, Union Gap & The Merseybeats .
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