SANDY DENNY — New Collection of Acoustic Songs

The incredible English folk singer SANDY DENNY was the silky voice of FAIRPORT CONVENTION during their Liege and Lief emergence in 1968-9 – this was the album that launched folk rock and re-energated the English folk movement. Lady Alexandra Elene MacLean Lucas [Sandy Denny] was also a proficient songwriter and pianist who worked with British…

John Leyton – Johnny Remember Me

English actor John Leyton was persuaded by his manager, Robert Stigwood, to audition for Joe Meek – and successfully recorded a cover version of “Tell Laura I Love Her”. His big hit – though – “Johnny Remember Me” – nicely coincided with his appearance in television series ‘Harpers West One’ in which he played a…

Blind Faith

Blind Faith – comprising of Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker (Cream), Steve Winwood, and Ric Grech (Family) – was formed at the end of 1968 when Eric Clapton (ex-Cream) and Steve Winwood (ex-Traffic) were at loose ends after the demise of their former bands. They began to spend time together again (they had previously collaborated on…

The Nashville Teens

Formed in Weybridge, Surrey – and at least 4,000 miles from Tennessee – ‘The Nashville Teens’ were the product of a merger between two local bands. The rather splendid result was that group boasted two lead singers – Ray Phillips and Arthur Sharp. Sharp was primarily the manager at AERCO Records -but spent his spare…

Red E. Lewis and the Red Caps

The first line-up of ‘Red-E-Lewis And The Redcaps’ included guitarist Bobby Oats and drummer Jimmy Rook. The band was fronted by singer Willie Stubbs. They played a few gigs at Ebbisham Hall in Epsom – and young Jimmy Page met them there. He hung out with the band – and even borrowed Bobby’s guitar. Following a…

Ocga’s wood

Ocga’s wood (Oxshott) is at the heart of the so-called  ‘Beverly Hills of Britain’ – Ronnie Wood lives nearby. Scenes from Jabberwocky (1977)  were filmed in these woods. Homes in nearby Oxshott Heights are priced at around £20 million.  Ex-England skipper John Terry sold one house in Oxshott for over £5 million – and then…