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Daltrey to Delegate

Daltrey seeks charity successor

By Georgie Rogers
6 Music News reporter

The Who frontman Roger Daltrey
Singer Daltrey hopes to expand the annual cancer concerts overseas

Roger Daltrey has asked Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher and Stereophonics singer Kelly Jones to take on organising the Teenage Cancer Trust charity gigs.

“He’s asked me and Noel a couple of times to our faces,” said Jones.

“If you’re in a band and you can help people who are worse off, it’s not really much to ask for.

Daltrey launched the annual concerts in 2000. “I would love to find someone from a younger generation to take over from me,” The Who frontman has said.

Stereophonics have appeared in a number of the fundraising concerts over the years.

“It’s a big job and we’re like, ‘Come on Roger, you’d do it a lot better than us’, and he carries on doing it,” said Jones, ahead of Stereophonics headline slot at this year’s concert at Royal Albert Hall on Thursday.

Stereophonics singer Kelly Jones
Stereophonics released their sixth studio album, Pull The Pin, in 2007

Jones said he has still not given Daltrey a serious answer: “It depends how much time it involves. I think it’s an important thing for somebody to do.

“I’ve never really given it as much thought as answering it with a serious tone. We’ll see. You see what happens in life.”

Daltrey has said he’s worried bands will start to screen his calls when the time for the annual gigs comes up.

“He did call me on a private number actually,” responded Jones. “I’ve never been able to call Roger Daltrey back.”

‘Yearly breakdown’

“I think he does get a bit embarrassed – that might not be the right word – but I think he does know that he’s pestering people all the time to do it, but good on him,” said Jones.

“I think somebody does need to pester people to do stuff like this, and if he’s the one doing it then good on him.”

Daltrey, who turned 65 this month, previously told BBC 6 Music he is looking for a replacement, with a view to expanding the concerts on an international level.

“I would like to take the model of what we’ve done here and concentrate on getting it started in other countries now.”

Part of the job involves persuading high-profile artists to take part, which can be tiring: “It does take an awful lot of energy. I call it my ‘yearly breakdown’.”


March 30, 2009 Posted by | New News, The Who, Video | | Leave a comment

Blue Monday – The Blues Brothers



Great film though perhaps more R&B than true blues.


For more information on the Blues Brothers film click HERE

For more information on the Blues Brothers band click HERE 

See also:-

March 30, 2009 Posted by | Blues, Video | | Leave a comment

Sunday Jazz – Claire Martin


I first encountered Claire Martin back in 1996 at the Glasgow Jazz Festival where she was appearing in a double header billing with Martin Taylor, both being Linn Records artists, I spent some time talking with her after her show and unusually for me even asked for an autograph!

She still records for Linn Records which means that all her recordings have a superb production and sound which enhances her voice to a new level.

To me she is the perfect example of a good modern era jazz singer as she is comfortable with the standards but equally stretches her portfolio to include several covers of modern songs such as this example below which is a Al Kooper composition for Blood Sweat & Tears

“I’l Love You More Than You Will Ever Know” – Claire Martin

If I ever leave you
You can say I told you so
And if I ever hurt you baby
You know I hurt myself as well

   Is that any way for a man to carry on
   D’you think he wants his little loved one gone?
   I love you Baby, more than you’ll ever know
   More than you’ll ever know

When I wasn’t makin’ too much money
You know where my paycheck went
You know I brought it home to baby
And I never spent one red cent


I’m not tryin’ to be
Any kind of man
I’m tryin’ to be somebody
You can love, trust, and understand
I know that I can be, yeah yeah
A part of you that no one else could see
I just gotta hear, to hear you say
It’s all right
Yeah, yeah, yeah!

I’m only flesh and blood
But I can be anything that you demand
I could president of General Motors baby, heh
Or just a tiny little grain of sand


   (Guitar Solo)(Sax Solo)

If I ever leave you
You can say I told you so
And if I ever hurt you baby
You know I hurt myself as well


I love you, I love you, I love you baby!
Well all right!
I told ya, so many times before
I love you
I love you!
If you don’t know, then I’ll tell ya one more time
I love you!
I love you!

For a full biography and to buy her music click HERE

Claire Martin is a presenter on Radio 3 click HERE

This is her cover of Nick Drake’s River Man

March 29, 2009 Posted by | Jazz Vocal, Old Music, Video | , | 2 Comments

Saturday Soul – Geno Washington


Geno Washington may to non soul afficiando’s be better known as the subject of a Dexy’s Midnight Runners single than for his own music.

Initially stationed in England for the Air Force during the early ’60s, American soul shouter Geno Washington fronted a British group known as the Ram Jam Band for a series of moderate U.K. chart hits during 1966-1967.

Though he was born in Indiana, Washington had the grit of a deep soul testifier like Wilson Pickett or Don Covay. While stationed in East Anglia, Washington became known as a frequent stand-in at gigs around London. When guitarist Pete Gage saw him at a club in 1965, he asked Washington to join his new group with bassist John Roberts, drummer Herb Prestige, organist Jeff Wright, Lionel Kingham on tenor sax, and Buddy Beadle on baritone.

Geno Washington stayed in England after his release from the Air Force, and the band earned notice around the Southeast for an infectious live show that packed dozens of up-tempo R&B/soul nuggets into a half-hour.

Signed to Piccadilly by early 1966, the group just broke into the Top 40 with “Water.” Though it was their highest-charting single, Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band hit the charts three times in the next year with “Hi-Hi Hazel,” a cover of “Que Sera Sera,” and “Michael.”

The band’s first two LPs — Hand Clappin’ Foot Stompin’ Funky-Butt…Live! and Hipsters, Flipsters, Finger-Poppin’ Daddies! — were much better documents of the band at work, and both hit the British Top Ten. Still, Geno Washington recorded only two more albums with the Ram Jam Band before splitting by 1970.

Gage went on to join Vinegar Joe, while Washington returned in 1976 with Geno’s Back! Four years later, Washington earned his only number one hit (of a sort), when Dexys Midnight Runners took the tribute track “Geno” to the top of the charts. He recorded another LP (Put Out the Cat) in 1981, and continued to tour sporadically during the ’80s and ’90s, often incorporating a blues stance as well as a hypnotism act. ~ John Bush, All Music Guide

For more information on Geno Washington click HERE

To buy Geno Washington music click HERE

March 28, 2009 Posted by | Old Music, R&B, Soul, Video | , | 3 Comments

Fiona Friday – Danny Williams



At the end of this week of tribute marking what would have been Fiona’s 50th birthday on the 25th it would be remiss of me not to re-post her favourite song.

“Moon River” – Danny Williams

Moon river, wider than a mile
I’m crossing you in style some day
Oh, dream maker, you heart breaker
Wherever you’re goin’, I’m goin’ your way

Two drifters, off to see the world
There’s such a lot of world to see
We’re after the same rainbow’s end, waitin’ ’round the bend
My huckleberry friend, moon river, and me

(moon river, wider than a mile)
(I’m crossin’ you in style some day)
Oh, dream maker, you heart breaker
Wherever you’re goin’, I’m goin’ your way

Two drifters, off to see the world
There’s such a lot of world to see
We’re after that same rainbow’s end, waitin’ ’round the bend
My huckleberry friend, moon river, and me

(moon river, moon river)

This was a UK Number One hit during Christmas 1961, Danny Williams grew up under apartheid in Port Elizabeth, where he sang his first solo with a church choir at the age of six. His father, a professional soldier, died in the Korean war, and Williams was brought up by his grandmother. At 14, he won a talent contest and joined a touring show called Golden City Dixies that played throughout South Africa. Its members included jazz saxophonist Harold Jephtah and, in later years, the singer-songwriter Jonathan Butler.

The musical King Kong and the Golden City Dixies were among several black South African shows to come to Europe; and, in London in 1959, Williams impressed Norman Newell, the recording manager of EMI’s HMV label. Newell was a composer and arranger of the Tin Pan Alley old school, and was unhappy at being the British executive responsible for issuing Elvis Presley’s early hits. In Williams’ good looks and mellifluous high tenor, he saw the makings of a new Johnny Mathis, and signed him to a recording contract. The first single was Tall a Tree, but it was not until 1961 and his fifth record, We will Never Be as Young as this Again, that Williams achieved a minor hit.

That was also the year of the Blake Edwards film Breakfast at Tiffany’s, starring Audrey Hepburn. The film’s catchy theme tune, Moon River, composed by Henry Mancini with lyrics by Johnny Mercer, won an oscar. The American hit record of Moon River was by another tenor, the soul singer Jerry Butler, and, at first, Williams was unwilling to record the song – mainly, he later explained, because he did not understand the lyric reference to “my huckleberry friend”.

After seeing the film, however, he relented, and his Moon River outsold the instrumental version by Mancini himself and replaced Frankie Vaughan’s Tower of Strength at No 1 in the charts at the end of December. Williams was fond of telling the story that his boyhood hero Nat “King” Cole had declined to record the song because he regarded Danny’s version as unsurpassable. Since 1961, the track has been reissued on numerous compilation albums and it remains a favourite item at karaoke sessions and even at funerals.

The following year brought three Top 20 hits for Williams: Jeannie (based on a Russ Conway instrumental), the Wonderful World of the Young (by Sid Tepper and Roy Bennett, composers of several Cliff Richard hits) and Tears. Then, in February 1963, he joined a 20-city package tour headed by a new star, Helen Shapiro. Also on the bill was a guitar group, the Beatles. By the end of the tour, Please Please Me was No 1 and the beat group era was born.

It was an uncongenial era for ballad singers, and Williams had no more British hits, although White on White reached the US Top 10 in 1964. He continued to record for HMV until 1967 and worked steadily in nightclubs. In 1968, he had a nervous breakdown followed, two years later, by bankruptcy, a consequence of a profligate lifestyle that centred for several years on the Playboy Club in Park Lane.

Williams resumed his singing career in the early 1970s but did not come to national attention again until 1977, when his record Dancin’ Easy, based on a jingle from a well-known Martini commercial, reached the Top 30. In the early 1990s, he recorded for the Prestige label and, in 1994, starred in a Nat “King” Cole tribute show. Scripted and narrated by Elliot Brooks, this was taken by Williams on several more British tours, most recently last summer.

After the collapse of apartheid in 1990, Williams returned to South Africa on several occasions, but continued to live in Britain. Earlier this year, EMI reissued two of his early albums, Moon River and Swinging for You, on CD.

Williams was married three times and is survived by his partner Daniella, two daughters and a son, the actor Anthony Barclay.

· Danny Williams, singer, born January 7 1942; died December 6 2005

Extract from

 To buy Danny Williams music  click HERE

The falling leaves
Drift by my window
The falling leaves
Of red and gold

I see your lips
The summer kisses
The sunburned hands
I used to hold

Since you went away
The days grow long
And soon I’ll hear
Old winter’s song

But I miss you most of all
My darling
When autumn leaves
Start to fall

Since you went away
The days grow long
And soon I’ll hear
Old winter’s song

But I miss you most of all
My darling
When autumn leaves
Start to fall

March 27, 2009 Posted by | Fiona, Mrs D, Old Music, Video | , | Leave a comment

Bob Dylan – Blowing Your Cash

The Ultimate Dylan Box Set

The first item in the collection consists of a complete set of seven Marine Band harmonicas in the natural keys of C, G, D, F, A, B, and E, which have been played and hand-signed by Bob Dylan.

The harmonicas are displayed in an inlaid ebony box, handcrafted exclusively for Bob Dylan with his distinctive “Eye” logo on the lid and a renowned, framed picture of Bob Dylan on the inside cover. A letter from the President of Hohner, Inc., is included, confirming authenticity. Limited to twenty-five sets.

7 Harmonica Hand-Signed Box Set: $25,000.00

For more information click HERE

 A bargain Big Rab will have two!

March 27, 2009 Posted by | New News | | 2 Comments



Fiona was a big opera fan, she is pictured above with her favourite tenor Jose Cura after we attended his performance of Samon et Dalila at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden back in March 2004.

Whilst never an outright fan I did grow to like several of the more famous arias from a series of operas.

Below is Mirella Freni who was Fiona’s favourite soprano.


March 26, 2009 Posted by | Fiona, Mrs D, Opera, Video | , , | Leave a comment

Return to Ballater Part Five

Home now at the end of a long tiring and emotional day, after 330 miles 14 hours visiting several places we loved and saving one of our dogs from choking to death on a bit of stick there is only time for some flowers, candles and a couple of stiff brandy’s.

Goodnight and be lucky.


Sure I know you’d like to have me
Talk about my future
And a million words or so to fill you in about my past
Have I sisters or a brother
When’s my birthday how’s my mother
Well my dear in time I’ll answer all those things you ask

But for now I’ll just say I love you
Nothing more seems important somehow
And tomorrow can wait come whatever
Let me love you forever but right now
Right now

Some fine day when we go walking
We’ll take time for idle talking
Sharing every feeling as we watch each other smile
I’ll hold your hand you’ll hold my hand
We’ll say things we never had planned
Then we’ll get to know each other in a little while

But for now let me say I love you
Later on there’ll be time for so much more
But for now meaning now and forever
Let me kiss you my darling then once more
Once more

But for now let me say I love you
Later on I must know much more of you
But for now here and now how I love you
As you are in my arms I love you
I love you
I love you

March 25, 2009 Posted by | Fiona, Mrs D, Video | | Leave a comment

Return to Ballater Part Four

Our week in Ballater would never be complete without one or two visits to the local Italian Restaurant

So it is here I finish my day with a fine steak with side salad

Catch you all when I get back to Houston

Happy Birthday Fi

March 25, 2009 Posted by | Fiona, Mrs D | | Leave a comment

Return to Ballater Part Three

Well with The Falls of Feugh closed it was back to Craigendarroch Hotel itself, normally regarded as a last resort for us in the past, fortunately even they couldn’t get a hot chocolate and scone wrong.

March 25, 2009 Posted by | Fiona, Mrs D | | Leave a comment

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