Brian Jones forms The Stones

In the long, cold January of 1963 the Jones’s (Paul and Brian) left the ‘Roosters’. (A young fellow named Eric Clapton shortly joined the ‘Roosters’ as the new lead guitarist – but that’s another story.) Slide guitarist Brian Jones placed an advert in “Jazz News” inviting musicians to join a new R&B adventure that he was…

Jeff Beck Not Running Away

In 1964 Jeff Beck appeared as a session guitarist on “I’m Not Running Away” a song recorded at Pye by the Manchester-based band ‘The Fitz & Startz.’ Although it was a one-hit wonder for ‘The Fitz & Startz’ it marked the beginning of a profitable career as a session musician for Jeff Beck. Related articles…

St Mary’s Church Ewell

Pre-Raphaelite artist William Holman Hunt married at St Mary’s Church Ewell. It is still a beautiful country church-yard – with an interesting history. The church is home to the 1889 ‘Father’ Henry Willis pipe organ. The name Ewell derives from æwell, which means river source.  The Hogsmill River rises  in Ewell and runs to the Thames via Kingston upon Thames.…