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The Merseybeats Featuring Pete Best

Posted on: 5th August 2019

Rare Concert Footage Featuring Original Beatles Drummer!

Rare concert footage of The Merseybeats featuring original Beatles drummer Pete Best!

Recorded probably in the early 80s, this old concert film features The Merseybeats performing ‘I Stand Accused’.

Phil Walker & Jaime Lovett

Posted on: 1st August 2019

Autumn Leaves

Phil Walker and his partner Jaime Lovett perform a beautiful rendition of ‘Autumn Leaves’.

Phil plays his Yamaha Transacoustic guitar which looks and sounds fantastic!

Oh, and Cookie the dog makes a guest appearance!!

Hondo Electric Guitar

Posted on: 31st July 2019

This Hondo Was Previously Owned by Mott the Hoople!

Newly restored and ready to rock, this Hondo electric guitar with metal axe stylings looks fantastic and sounds suitably ‘meaty’!!

Played by guitarist and Guitar Hero Phil Walker, this Hondo was previously owned by Mott the Hoople!

Classic 1977 Burns Mirage

Posted on: 23rd July 2019

1977 Burns Mirage – Only Recently Restored and Played for the First Time!

Guitarist Phil Walker plays my Burns Mirage. This example was probably the last of a just a handful of Mirages built by Burns UK as the company went bankrupt in the late 1970s.

This is neither a prototype nor a production model that has been modified, this is exactly as it left the “factory” (knobs, switches and 1 tailpiece screw were probably all that were available at that time) and it has never been played till now. Confirmed by the guitar tec at Trevada Music!

One of several instruments bought by Terry Dobson, guitarist of Black Lace (remember “Agadoo”?) the Mirage’s unique design is reminiscent of the Burns Flyte also from the 1970s.

Interview Outtakes!

Posted on: 14th July 2019

Charlie Gracie and Nancy Ann Lee Outtakes!

Outtakes and bloopers from live interviews with Rock ‘n’ Roll legend Charlie Gracie and singer Nancy Ann Lee!

More… ZZ Top Live in July 2019!

Posted on: 11th July 2019

Here’s another clip of ZZ Top live in July 2019 at the Montreau Jazz Festival!

ZZ Top Live at Montreau July 2019!

Posted on: 9th July 2019

ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard live in July 2019!!

Charlie Gracie Uncut!

Posted on: 4th July 2019

Backstage Conversation with Charlie Gracie!

For all fans of Rock ‘n’ Roll and well, anybody interested in the history of Pop and Rock music – an unedited backstage conversation with Rock ‘n’ Roll legend and pioneer Charlie Gracie!

Recorded backstage during the 2019 Solid Gold Rock ‘n’ Roll UK Tour with Marty Wilde, Charlie Gracie covers everything from his early career, his first time performing in the UK through to his tips for a long life!!

His first US & UK hits include ‘Butterfly’, ‘Fabulous’, ‘Wonderin’ Eyes’ way back in the late 1950s and amazingly he is still touring!

Cry Me a River Live!

Posted on: 27th June 2019

Cornish Rockabilly Band Zalick

Filmed at the 2019 50s Mayhem Madness, here’s Zalick with their lovely version of ‘Cry Me a River’!

Charlie Gracie: Rock ‘n’ Roll Legend!

Posted on: 21st June 2019

An Interview with the Rock ‘n’ Roll Pioneer Himself!

Charlie Gracie is one of the earliest Rock ‘n’ Roll pioneers with hits in the 1950s such as “Butterfly”, “Fabulous” and “Wanderin’ Eyes”!

He was also only the second American Rock ‘n’ Roller to come from the States to the UK – inspiring future stars, including the Beatles!

The Guitar Collection was very lucky to be able to interview Charlie Gracie backstage during the Solid Gold Rock ‘N’ Roll Show 2019 UK tour with Marty Wilde.