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4/7/17 – David Bowie – Sons Of The Silent Age – 1977 / As Time Goes By – Dooley Wilson AKA Sam – 1942

Nine hours on a bus from Berlin to Cologne/Bonn airport where Olivia’s Dad Gerd is picking us up. On the bus, a driver that told us we couldn’t eat and only use the loo in an emergency. “No crumbling food” he said in German, “kein krümeliges Essen”. So I provocatively pulled out my cadbury’s flake […]

Otis Clay B:W

15/1/16 – Otis Clay – February 11th 1942 – January 8th 2016 – Trying To Live My Life Without You /If I Could Reach Out – 1972 / A Lasting Love /That’s How It Is (When You’re In Love) – 1967 / She’s About A Mover – 1969 / Hard Working Woman /Is It Over – 1970 / All Because Of Your Love – 1977

Even if you like Soul music you may never have heard 0f Otis Clay. Born in Mississippi in 1942 he began singing with Gospel groups. After moves that took him to Indiana, Nashville and Chicago his first hit came in 1967 with That’s How It Is (When You’re In Love) reaching No.37 on the R&B charts. Powerful emotional […]


29/10/14 – Alvin Stardust – 27th September 1942 – 23rd October 2014/Lynsey De Paul – 11th June 1950 – 1st October – 2014

Growing up in England in the seventies was a great big challenge for your music tastes. On May 7th 1970 I was 12 years old, it would be two years before I would learn to play the guitar, but the music had already begun to leave its mark. Having an elder brother by seven years […]

Dick Wagner Seventies Pic

4/8/14 – Dick Wagner – 14th December 1942 – 30th July – 2014

Dick Wagner was what you might call a ‘proper’ lead guitarist – flashy, technical, articulate but also melodic with a rich tone. The first time I noticed him was when he duelled with Steve Hunter (another guitarist in the same vein) on Lou Reed’s landmark live album Rock ‘n’ Roll Animal 1974. Harmony licks into […]

Martin Sharp

Martin Sharp – 1942 – 1st December 2013

Martin Sharp, Australian designer and artist has died. Perhaps most famous for the cover art to Cream’s 1967 psychedelic blues masterpiece Disraeli Gears. He also co wrote one of the great songs Tales Of Brave Ulysses with Eric Clapton. Although the song is credited to Pete Brown, Jack Bruce and Eric Clapton on the single, Sharp […]