I have walked with music almost all of my life, 
with the influence 
of my parents favourites of amongst others, 
Paul Robeson & The Ink Spots and,
 the oft listened to Light Programme.

It was here I first heard, and subsequently fell in love with, the music of, 
Alma Cogan, Frankie Vaughan, Johnny Cash, Frankie Lane, 
Dinah Washington, Jayne Morgan Lonnie Donegan 
and then
listening at first,  like so many of us, on our Pifco transistors, 
to Radio Luxemberg & the pirates, not least of course,
 Radio Caroline & my own favourite Radio London.

I heard more of the incredible music of

Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Helen Shapiro 
The Springfields & subsequently of course, 
The First White Lady of Soul, the amazing,
 Miss Dusty Springfield , 
 and the whole soul movement, 
Tamla, Atlantic, Stax and oh so many more

In the mid 60’s I managed a 9 piece soul band, some may say the best on the south coast at the time, and also organised a number of gigs. 
Early gigs included my own band & The Artwoods. I then progressed to
organising the first ‘pop’ gigs at a Top Rank Suite ( Brighton) with 
The Manfred’s &, then, The Yardbirds as headline bands,
 and, the first ‘pop’ gig to be held at The Hotel Metropole, Brighton, 
namely the 1967 Rag Ball, 
featuring Zoot Money & His Big Roll Band,
 The Spencer Davis Group. 
Herbies’ People and the Laymen.

Brighton really rocked in those days. 

I was fortunate to meet many of the musicians of the day and, 
subsequently, many who have become household names since.
 Sadly there are many that I did not see or meet,
 and it is now too late as they have,
 in the words of Miss Martha Reeves, ‘come home’

What follows is my tribute to some of them, but words can not express the enjoyment, fun and influence their music has had on my life.

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