Winter approaches, time to start thinking about how miserable the festive season will be after the goverment have deprived me of some more of my assets, come the Budget later this month. Is this the real winter of discontent?
The Walkers were then a four-piece outfit with Scott Walker on Bass, John on Guitar, Gary on the drums and Jimmy O'Neil on the organ. They played one night at the Brum Cavern (or should I say the scout hut), around the time of 'Make it Easy on Yourself' where I popped down to see him. They were doing the normal 'Reagan double' and went from there to the Plaza Handsworth for the next show. He told me, at that time, that the group would be using a full blown backing band and his tenure as the 'fourth Walker Brother' would shortly be coming to an end. I hoped he'd be coming back to Birmingham to rejoin my group but he got an offer from The Ugly's which he took. We continued to play together socially.
I joined up with The Uglys myself a little later on but was disappointed that Jimmy then switched to playing the Bass instead of the organ, and though he was a good bass player, I thought it was a real waste of great keyboard talent. We were playing a gig at some Town Hall somewhere and there was a Bechstein grand piano on the stage, the support band were setting up their gear and various town hall employees were 'doing their thing' preparing for the night when Jim strolled across to the piano and started playing a piece by the Norwegian composer, Christian Sinding - 'The Rustle of Spring', an evocative, melodic piece - everybody just stopped doing whatever they were doing and stood 'open mouthed'. You could have heard a pin drop, everyone burst into applause, recognising his enormous talent. I think Jim felt embarrassed by the attention, he was more focused on the music.
BRUMMIES RE-UNITED - JIMMY ALEXANDER
This is a call going out to find a long lost mate of Norm Crandles (Lee Stevens), another Brummie abroad, who is looking for old band mate Jimmy Alexander. Norm makes the occasional trip back to the UK from Canada to see his beloved Aston Villa and has taken the opportunity to renew some old friendships with Johnny Neal and some of hs band. If you are reading this Jimmy or if anyone knows of his whereabouts, an e email to the address at the bottom of the page will set the ball rolling to reunite these two old musical mates.
and whilst we're on the subject of Johnny Neal....................
BUCKING THE TREND - NOGA I'M HOME!!
MAKE MINE METAL
OK you metal freaks. Remember Henry's Blues House? If you were or still are, a Metal Head why not take a look at the 'Home of Metal' website, set up to honour Birmingham as the birthplace of that type of music. What did we call it before "Metal' - loud, I think!! Still in its infancy, the website is just the place to visit to swap your thoughts or contribute a memory. Rob Horrocks is the guy to speak to.
Well guys, happy hunting.
Still no new about The Executioners....