Wednesday, 31 October 2007

What a helluva month ......

.... this has been.

No sooner have I almost recovered from the shock of having Jet Harris sign our website guestbook than I get an email from another Sixties musician who was, and still is, a hero to many guitarists of a certain age.

Vic Flick is perhaps best known for his legendary guitar work with John Barry on the James Bond Theme. John Barry was impressed with the way he managed to combine showmanship with an amazing technical ability.

By 1960 he had become on-stage leader of the Seven, as Barry worked his way to composing more music off stage, and less touring with the group. Flick's debut track as a composer was the outstanding "Zapata" including his highly innovative signature "fade-intro" sounds.

Writing new music, and increasing time as a session player, made him a highly sought after freelance artist, even as he toured with the Seven until August of 1963. Flick has worked alongside Burt Bacharach, Herman's Hermits, Tom Jones, Henry Mancini, Jimmy Page, Cliff Richard, Diana Ross, Nancy Sinatra, and countless more legendary recording artists. Flick, who resides today in Santa Monica, California, has written for television and films since those British recording studio days, serving variously as both composer and conductor.John Barry-scored films also relied often on Flick's lead work, including six of the first seven "Barry Bonds" for United Artists. Flick's memorable Spanish guitar strains for "From Russia with Love's" splendid gypsy camp battle and dance scenes, for one notable example, bring the film much of its provocative moody feel when combined with Ted Moore's haunting cinematography and Sean Connery and cast's stellar onscreen performances. Flick's work on banjo gave a peppy feel to the "Goldfinger" soundtrack, which set numerous milestones as the most popular movie soundtrack album ever recorded, and the Barry/Bricusse/Newley title track is well covered here.For the top recognisable tune of modern times, John Barry had but a few short days to arrange and record "The James Bond Theme" with his Seven plus an orchestra, getting a phone call on a Saturday and cutting the first take the next Wednesday, just three weeks before "Dr. No" opened in 1962 to enchanted audiences worldwide. Flick's lead on the tune helped drive three generations and half of the world's population to see the Bond movies.

You can catch up with all the latest news about Vic on his excellent website at . I found the sound files containing reminiscences from the Sixties session scheme especially fascinating. You can find them here.
I have also reproduced his email to Vintage Sixties Live in full here

Friday, 26 October 2007

Ready Steady Gone

I stumbled upon this site this morning. It is well worth a browse for anyone with an interest in North East groups.
Roger is an old friend of ours having supplied most of the info on Jazzboard in the Remember the Groups section on our main web site which, according to Roger inspired him to create his own. How flattering is that?

He now lives in Wiltshire but hopefully, he will be able to come to one of our club nights sometime. He certainly has an enviable pedigree having played in some of the best groups ever to have come out of the North East.

In the meantime you can find Roger's site here

Monday, 22 October 2007

New Year's Eve at Tow Law

As we are on the subject of group transport - I just had to give you another opportunity to watch Big Jim's hilarious tale of the New Year's Eve they were booked at Tow Law Club.

Fancy going on the road again ......

Here you go - just the vehicle - the Bedford Dormobile.
I found this on Ebay today - just needs a lick of paint. (Click the picture to make it larger)

Or if you wanted to be really flash you could buy one of these - The Ford Thames Minibus

But don't be surprised if the rear springs need replacing.

Ask Colin the Orchestra.
The Del 5 had one - it was only in Black and white though - they couldn't afford a colour one

We had one of these. It was all we could afford 'cos we were crap.

£28 it cost. Heh! Heh!

We eventually abandoned it on the A1 when it conked out - again.

Sunday, 14 October 2007

Dennis Trowbridge RIP

It is with great sadness that I have to announce the recent death of Dennis Trowbridge.

Dennis was a founder member of Teesside Sixties Group the Kalvins - a fact of which he was justifiably very proud.

Although I never got to met him personally we did occasionally exchange emails and Dennis never lost his love of Sixties music in general and the Shadows in particular.
He also helped me a great deal with the website by providing pictures and information about the Zephyrs and other local groups of the time.

You can find some information about his early career on the Kalvin's page on our main web site.

Our sincere condolences go to Dennis's family at this difficult time.
Rest in peace mate - you will be missed by many.