My musical heroes are.....

Richard's Heroes...

Richard

Growing up in the 1950s I heard a new style of music which immediately appealed to me. Skiffle music had evolved from jazz and was similarly rooted in American culture.

 

Two things made this music so attractive to a chapel going Welsh lad - the events and characters depicted in the music - Tom Dooley, John Henry, John Hardy, etc were rebels or "outlaws" whom any teenager would find attractive.

 

Secondly, the skiffle groups were using the kind of instruments which were reasonably available.

 

So Lonnie Donegan was my 'gateway' to this culture as it was for many others like The Beatles.

Later an interest in modern jazz developed and  'Kind of Blue' by Miles Davis would be on my 'Desert Island' list.

 

Again, in the sixties, I was lucky to catch the rock n' roll package tours - Chuck Berry, The Everlys and Little Richard - on the same bill!

At Aberystwyth in the sixties I saw Tom Paxton in The Angel on Fri. followed by Eric Clapton with John Mayall on the Sat.

At this time I was playing in the Angel alongside a 15 yr old guitar wizz -Anthony Griffiths.

On returning to Rhyl the folk boom was in full swing, based mainly at The Bee hotel and I, along with my old mates John Prys Williams and Haydn Smith, played along.

As well as folk music, I was listening to and playing a wide variety of styles - blues to country rock.

It was when my brother-in-law Harry Robertson, moved from London to Ruthin, that we started playing together, with John 'Bass' also involved. This evolved into the present band when Jeff Blythin introduced us in Rhyl as 'Dick and Harry' before adding that a Tom should be added to complete the line-up - Tom Degney promptly joined us on stage !

Later at a venue outside Ruthin Raphael Callaghan added his great talent and joined the band.

 

Musical heroes? too many to name - but the guys I play alongside with in the band I hold in the highest regard.

 

Richard ('Dick')

The Beatles

Lonnie Donegan

Skiffle Bands

Miles Davis

Little Richard                Chuck Berry

The Everley Brothers

Tom Paxton       Anthony Grifffiths

Eric Clapton       John Mayall

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