A bit of name dropping
Having reached the age where there’s a lot more to look back on than look forward to, I thought I’d jot down a list of some of the people I’ve been lucky enough to work with over the years. This doesn’t include ‘being on the same bill as’, as that would be too long a list and would include people such as Gerry and the Pacemakers, Billy Fury, Roy Castle, Bob Monkhouse, Henry Mancini, etc, etc. This is just a (probably incomplete) list of well-known musicians and vocalists with whom I’ve actually performed, either on stage or in the recording studio, or both. I’ve worked with many other accomplished musicians, but have confined this list largely to those who show up online, particularly Wikipedia or thefullwiki.org.
As a washboard player
Alan Whicker (not exactly ‘worked with’: interviewed by him in late 1957/early 1958 for BBC TV’s ‘Tonight’ programme, watched by about seven million people. In terms of exposure it was all downhill from then on.)
As a lead guitarist
Screaming Lord Sutch
As a pianist
Tony Lee (not in public – just several great piano sessions in his front room with him on my Fender Rhodes and me on his grand)
Bill le Sage (Bill produced the session at Abbey Road)
The UK Mixmasters (with Gary Wilmot on vocals)
Sally Magnusson (another ‘interviewed by’ with a bit of piano and singing for BBC Radio 4)
Pete Kirtley (my son, but who’s pretty well known in the business)
Sounds Incorporated (NB. This is cheating a bit, as I just had a jazz jam with them before our first set as support act for Gerry and the Pacemakers at Oxford, 1964.)
And the high-spot of all this? Well, it’s got to be playing solo piano for Matt Monro on ‘Birth of the Blues’ in the early 1980s. That was just bloody magic!