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:
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.