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The Bands

  Eric Pep’s band in the early

  days. Bottom right is Nicky    Alcroft, later to become Nicky Martyn.

 This is Bill Gorman with his

 band, Harry (The Base)  

 Wilkinson in the background. 

 

Do you remember:

Eric Pep

Bill Gorman

 Wilf Rigby

Harry Jarman.  and many more

There were quite a few big bands around in the those far off days and we in the rock groups regularly shared the stage with them developing a good relationship which lead to repeat bookings on a regular basis. We always had a lot of respect for these men (and  women) due to their superior musical knowledge and a lot could be learned if one took the trouble to listen and take it all in,

 

In particularly enjoyed big band swing made popular a decade or two before by the American bands. So, who played in these bands and what were their names, what started them off in this kind of music in the first place?

 

 Bill Gorman was a joy to work with, his warped sense of humour typical of drummers was brilliant, to sit in with his band during ‘Woodchoppers’ or ‘C Jam Blues’ etc and have a little drum battle of 8 bars each with this man was a pure ego trip.    

I loved big band drummers, Krupa, Rich, Belson etc, in the late forties I would scour the airwaves to hear these idols. In the mid fifties myself and Geoff Smith (where are you now?) used to ‘wag’ night school and go the ‘The Rendezvous’ cafe opposite the Town Hall Gates to listen to a gang of musicians playing jazz, it was there that I first saw a ‘live’ drummer, his name was NICKY ALCROFT, and it was him who gave me the resolve to buy a kit and thus start the best years of my life.

Nicky later became NICKY MARTYN and became a world star through television (New Faces etc) as a stand up comedian utilising his numerous talents to the full. He has and is still entertaining the masses on every major cruise liner in the world, including the ‘Cunard’ Queens.

 

A drummer’s story Click on the video link.

 

Dawson's visit.mp4