I started playing bass in my teens in Bournemouth on the UK's South Coast. I played with well known UK DJ Tony Blackburn plus a few garage bands. I moved to London in 1964, and joined the college band, Fives Company, whilst I was training to become a teacher. We recorded three singles for Pye records, and had a thoroughly good time.
When I quit college I joined Fleetwood Mac for a short time, and then gained promotion (!!) by moving to Savoy Brown - more money and more gigs! Listen to Taste And Try, Before You Buy to see what we sounded like! (Be warned - it may take a little while to download this track.) However, the lure of teaching was too strong, and I started my 30 years teaching career in 1969. But I never abandoned my beloved blues music.
I formed The Brunning Sunflower Blues Band with my ex Savoy Brown chum Bob Hall (piano). For a quick taste of The Brunning Sunflower Blues Band, listen to this - If You Let Me Love You, with Peter Green.
We also recorded a couple of albums with my old Fleetwood Mac mates Mick Fleetwood and Danny Kirwan under the name Tramp , with Jo-anne and Dave Kelly. Here is Put a Record On, from the group's first album.
In subsequent years I played and/or recorded with J.B. Hutto, Johnny Mars, Eddie Burns, Jimmy Dawkins, Lightnin' Slim, Whisperin' Smith, Homesick James, Snooky Prior, Eddie Taylor, John Wrencher, Erwin Heffer, Dr. Ross, Errol Dixon, Jimmy Rodgers, Dave Peabody, Otis Grand, Paul Lamb, Chuck Berry, Memphis Slim, Jimmy Witherspoon, Eddie Clearwater, Georgie Fame, Charley Musselwhite, and many more blues artists.
In 1980, The De Luxe Blues Band featuring Danny Adleer, Bob Hall, Mickey Waller and myself was formed. Sax player Dick Heckstall Smith would subsequently join us.
Twenty one yeary and two line ups later, the De Luxes are still recording and playing. Our new CD is available now.
I'm married, with three grown up children, and four grandchildren.
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