BULLS HEAD BOB WINS SECOND TOP AWARD
I just can't believe it!!! How could it possibly happen? For the second year running I find myself awarded the prestigious BBBCGLM Golden Dibber award.
|Henry Trousers (with Dibber) and voting committee|
showing their approval of Bobs Award.
"We, the BBBLCGM present this Golden Dibber to Bob".
"Oh ta very much" said I. I don't believe in long drawn out speeches
Later that night at the boozer , The Gang of Four held several impromptu rounds of celebratory drinking during which, Nobbers Brother-in -Law, 'Lanky Len' was co-opted into the brotherhood as 'associate member and publicity manager based on his relationship to Nobber'. His first idea was to buy everyone many drinks or twelve, which I loved, before announcing his intention to 'sign me'......."wait a soddin' minute" I said, "Why would I want to be signed to a council house painter for??", it's a fair question, I'd been managed by a Cowboy before.
Anyway, he said he was going to have a T shirt printed but wasn't going to bother messing around with companies that actually make them for a living, but will utilise his own printing set-up to reduce overheads. This act of frugality struck a chord with us perpetually broke old muso's and we raised a hearty cheer to his suggestion. "More pints" we said....... We await his offering??.
DA-DAH. A NEW BULLS HEAD PHOTO. HOORAY!!!!
A great thankyou goes to the very nice Lee Tonks for sending me this. I hope your son is over the shock of entering a library Lee!!
Oh, isn't that great? It brings a lump to my throat, much better than the one I cobbled together from a half burned postcard print........Yes sir, The Bulls Head, Coventry Road in all it's glory, I loved playing here, the dance hall ran the whole length of the upper floor, with the stage at the far left hand end and the bar at the right hand end, and anyone who was anyone in Birmingham in the 60's, gigged here. John Singer was the promoter. What a great old building this was, look at the size of those outdoor lamps!!
For the not too observant of you, the Landlord can be seen standing in the Main doorway looking for his cellarman thinking, "I'll bet he's got his dick in his hands again?" Mike Sheridans potato cart can be seen departing down the lane on his way to pick up Roy Wood.
FENTON-WEILL EARLY GUITARS
Thought I'd better respond to the comment received regarding the early guitars blog I did two months ago, specifically about Fenton Weill, with the Anonymous 'commenteer' saying how fine they were and he had FIVE of them.
So that's who bought them all!!
In honesty, they do have a connection with Burns guitars, which I believe I mentioned and I have no doubt that they would have used roughly the same type of electrics but they just look so bloody awful and I have said before that the Vibra Sonic wasn't one of my favourites either, certainly not a design classic. I stick by my words because it's all a matter of taste you guys but thanks for the comment.
GIRLS ALOUD DISAPPOINTED BY TICKET SALES............ Hooray....that's just such good news, I've been smiling all week.
RECENT EBAY SALES
In the last blog I highlighted some guitars from the Brumbeat days that were for sale on EBay on one day. I like to be inclusive, so for you organists and drummers, I looked for organs and drums this time.
WHAT A BEAUTIFUL VOX CONTINENTAL
For all you organ fetishists here we have a fabulous example of the much loved, beautifully styled and gorgeous sounding VOX Continental Organ in pristine condition, recently sold on EBay.
This brings back some memories, it came with the original cases and footpedal. It reminded me of the day my mate bought one and we all gasped at it as he was unpacking it.
The lucky new owner of this paid 1,350 pounds for it and I bet it's worth every penny. I can almost hear it playing. "I put a spell on you...."
I am a guitarist but also half a drummer, that is I can play all the basic stuff but not the stuff where you need to have octopus arms!! I recall however, turning round on stage at various times during my 60's days and seeing the drummer playing these 2 sets, the first being:
They don't look much compared to todays kits but they were a good kit during their day and I was surprised to see that they didn't carry much value. This kit sold for 400 quid. This drum make was used by Clem Cattini on Shakin All Over.
This set is from 1959. This was a very loud and tight sounding kit and identical in colour to the one used by our drummer. I recall long journeys in the van with him going on and on and on about buying a set of Ludwig drums, and as annoying as it was, it was nothing compared to the way he went on and on and on to his Grandad until he coughed up the dosh!!! This kit was for sale at 2,500 pounds.
Just a few last bits and bobs.
Next Month, Annual Brummies Abroad.
The last of The Andrews Sisters died this week, simply wonderful.