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grimshaw guitars….

The Who  with Pete Townshend and Grimshaw SS (no it's not a Ricky!)
The Who with Pete Townshend and Grimshaw SS (no it’s not a Ricky!)
Grimshaw guitars  again with Pete Townshend and Bruce Welch
Grimshaw guitars again with Pete Townshend and Bruce Welch

I have always wanted to know why Pete Townshend’s Grimshaw had a Rickenbacker truss rod cover on its headstock. Now I have the answer thanks to Frank Allen, bass player with the Searchers for 43 years, who contacted Pete direct and then forwarded his reply to me – which is as follows:-

“I bought the guitar at Ivor Maraints, I’d always wanted one (was it because Joe Brown played one?). At the time I was used to Rick pickups so when I ran out of Rickenbackers one day I rigged the Grimshaw with the pickups and added the headstock blazer as deception. However, when people asked me what model of Rick it was, I told them it was a Grimshaw. It played beautifully.”

My thanks, once again, to two great legends of Rock n Roll – Frank Allen and Pete Townshend for setting this particular record straight.

Posted in Bruce Welch, Frank Allen, Grimshaw Guitars, Pete Townshend, The Who

bill geddes (1947-2004)….

The Highlanders in 1960  Bill on right
The Highlanders in 1960 Bill on right
1980s  at Butlins, Isle of Sheppey - Bill on right
1980s at Butlins, Isle of Sheppey – Bill on right
1980  Bill meets his No.1 fan (Hank Marvin) Gaumont (Mayflower) Theatre, Southampton
1980 Bill meets his No.1 fan (Hank Marvin) Gaumont (Mayflower) Theatre, Southampton
Bill's Burns Hank Marvin guitar, Vox AC30 and Dusty
Bill’s Burns Hank Marvin guitar, Vox AC30 and Dusty
Late 1990s Fine Blend  Bill with 1989 Fender Strat '57 reissue
Late 1990s Fine Blend Bill with 1989 Fender Strat ’57 reissue
Bill Geddes  as I will always remember him . . . .
Bill Geddes as I will always remember him . . . .

I Believe in Rainbows I Believe in Rainbows written and composed by Bill Geddes

Memory Memory from the CD “The Fine Blend Collection”

Posted in Bill Geddes, Fine Blend, Hank Marvin, The Highlanders

martin “thumbs” bellamy….

Late 60s  with Watkins Rapier 33
Late 60s with Watkins Rapier 33
Early 1970s  with 70s Les Paul copy
Early 1970s with 70s Les Paul copy
1980s  The Wonderful Mission of Earl Lavender
1980s The Wonderful Mission of Earl Lavender
. . . . Lizzie on vocals
. . . . Lizzie on vocals
Posted in Martin "Thumbs" Bellamy, The Wonderful Mission of Earl Lavender

solid gold tour 1994….

Marty Wilde and the Wildcats  1994
Marty Wilde and the Wildcats 1994
Solid Gold
Posted in Marty Wilde and the Wildcats

the beatles at stowe April 4th 1963….

Ticket for the concert
David “Ted” Moores (recently Chairman of Liverpool F.C.) my contemporary and fellow inmate arranged the booking direct with Brian Epstein and negotiated a fee of just £100. The tickets cost 5/- (25p)
The Beatles at Roxburgh Hall
The Beatles live on stage in the Roxburgh Hall, Stowe School. The audience of about 600 was almost exclusively male aged between 13-18
and applauded enthusiastically (there was almost no screaming!) after each number!
The Beatles Signing Autographs
Guy Mackenzie, pictured with Paul MacCartney, meets the Beatles in the school assembly hall after the gig…
Beatles autographs
…and got the Beatles autographs signed on the page of one of my school exercise books which I still have today.
The Beatles at Stowe in 1963
Another photo has emerged of The Beatles’ appearance at Stowe and recently appeared in The Corinthian magazine, picturing them with some of their fans (Guy Mackenzie is in the front row, left of centre!).
Posted in Beatles