A vital part of playing in those days was getting the 'gigs' this is where the agents
came in, invariably they were colourful characters to put it mildly but they kept
us in work in and around Warrington and sometimes farther afield, some of them became
famous later on in their own right.
I should give a special mention to Eric 'Pep' Pepperall, who unfortunately died
recently, he used to offer ourselves a lot of work around the town, he has had his
own radio show on the BBC in the past, and spent his latter years writing arrangements
and scores for a variety of big bands and singers in the area.
I must also mention Bill Gorman, Bill had a terrific band and would always ask us
to join him if the venue required a rock group as part of the deal. Bill, being a
drummer, was my idle and mentor, he would let me ‘sit in’ with his band and he would
take over from me with the group if he felt like it. His personality and humour made
our lives on stage in those far off days something to look forward to and now we
can reflect back on these days and realize just how lucky we were to have people
like Bill around. Bill unfortunately is no longer with us but his memory lives on
through all the musicians who knew him.
Two other legends I have renewed friendships with are:
Pete Rigby: This man gave us a lot of bookings and was responsible for booking us
at the Bell Hall with The Beatles, the first time they appeared in Warrington.
Chris Culleton: The stories about the ‘Longford Lover’ are legend, he brought The
Stones to Warrington for the first time.
Dave Warwick: Dave is still in the agency game and used to work in Dawson Music,
Warrington, he gave us numerous bookings in the old days.
Pete Rigby: still going strong, the best DJ around.
The Longford Lover: offer him a pint of mild and he will entertain you for hours.
Do you remember any of the following: I would like more info if possible.