Since Ready Steady Gone was launched it’s had over a quarter of a million hits. I’m guessing that most visitors to the site will be in their sixties and would have been to one or more of the north east…

There is a long list of singers, songwriters and musicians who say they were influenced by Motown. And it’s not just artists that grew up during Motown’s golden era of the sixties. There’s a host of recent performers that not…

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE SEXY SAX? Unlike guitarists, not many saxophone players outside of the jazz world have become household names. I suppose most people will have heard of Kenny Gee, whether or not they like his style of playing….

In November 2010 I was given the opportunity to play at charity gig in Alnwick with a couple of my old band mates. Driving up the Great North Road through Northumberland to the gig brought back memories of the many…

A while ago I received an email from Arthur Renwick, a north east guitarist who played in local bands in the late fifties and early sixties. Arthur reminded me that there was a very active music scene in the north…

I finally got around to reading ‘Rock Roadie’ by Tappy Wright (mentioned in my earlier blog – ‘Who Killed Jimi Hendrix?”). There’s some interesting ‘insider’ stuff in there about the music scene from the early days of the Animals in…

It’s always good to hear from north east musicians who were active during the sixties and seventies, in particular those I played with in bands or shared the stage with back then. Since my last blog on the subject (‘Friends…

From 2005 to 2010 I played saxophone and keys in a mod themed tribute band called Carnaby Street. Unlike the two people who formed the band, I wasn’t in Carnaby Street because of any affinity to mod culture or because…

Back in the early to mid sixties, the opportunities for a north east band to become known on a national level were quite limited. The usual route for a band to break into the big time was to build up…

I recently came across a strip of negatives that hadn’t seen the light of day for over forty years. The images on the negatives were of one of my old bands, the Jazzboard, taken at the New Cellar Club, South…