This weeks Flashback Friday celebrates six music stars from the 1960s.
I have counted myself extremely fortunate to have interviewed several artists from a decade of music I have simply loved a lifetime.
So here are six from the 1960s, Brian Locking who took over from Jet Harris in The Shadows. Wales own Maureen Evans, chart-topper Frank Ifield, Graham Nash of The Hollies, the legendary PJ Proby and Roger McGuinn of The Byrds!
Brian Licorice Locking (The Shadows)
“I was doing nothing for about 3 to 4 months, I thought “That’s the end of my career”. Then Brian rang me and said, “Jet is leaving. Would you be interested in taking his place?” I nearly died, “Me? I’m not the mean and moody type – the total opposite!”
“ I’d made them laugh because when they said, “Next week you’re covering Sophia Loren”. They heard a cry of “Agh!” down the phone. They said, “Don’t worry love, we want you to sound like her, not look like her!”
“ I changed the whole structure of I Remember You and it was just one of those magic things that happened. Of course, once that happened they (EMI) had to renew my contract at a much better price.”
Graham Nash (The Hollies, Crosby, Stills & Nash)
“When you put a single out, there’s a B-side to it and the music on those B-sides made as much publishing money as the A-sides. We realised you could make extra money if you wrote the B-side and that’s what we started to do.”
““The minute my pants split across the knees on stage, Mary Whitehouse put it out on the headlines – Obscene!,”
Roger McGuinn (The Byrds)
“The Searchers were definitely an inspiration. They did Needles and Pins and that “dee dah dah dah” sound that we used in a Gene Clark song, I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better When You’re Gone”