My Generation of Sunday 07 & Tuesday 09 April: Vince Taylor, Big Jim Sullivan, Chicken Shack [Ed’s Show, 2019-12]

NEW SHOW: Vince Taylor, Big Jim Sullivan, Chicken Shack  *** Repeated: Dick Taylor [Exclusive Radio 68 interview], Little Boy Blue & The Blue Boys, The Rollin’ Stones & The Pretty Things, Cyril Davies, Geoff Bradford, PLUS Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Alexis Korner, Long John Baldry *** Sunday 07 April, 12 noon till 12 midnight, repeated  Tuesday 09 April, 12 noon till 20:00 hrs ***  Time Zone: CET Brussels *** Ed’s Show, [2019-12 equals 2018-10].

RADIO 68: all the sounds and all the voices that shaped the sixties ***

 SCHEDULE ** ROOSTER  ** CET Brussels Sun. 12:00 > 24:00      Tue. 12:00 > 20:00 
My Generation: Vince Taylor 12:00 * 16:00 * 20:00 12:00 * 16:00 * 
Blueside: Chicken Shack 13:00  * 17:00  * 21:00 13:00  * 17:00  * 
My Generation: Dick Taylor, Little Boy Blue 14:00 * 18:00  * 22:00 14:00 * 18:00  * 
Blueside: Stones, Pretties, Cyril Davies, Alexis Korner, Geoff Bradford 15:00 * 19:00 * 23:00 15:00 * 19:00 * 
Ends 24:00 hrs Ends 20:00 hrs


VINCE TAYLOR LIVE A L’OLYMPIA: C’Mon Everybody (1961), Twenty Flight Rock (1065), Fever (1966) + previously unreleased “Cold, White and Beautiful + THE SHADOWS feat. Brian Bennett and Brian ‘Licorice’ Locking: : Blue Shadow (LP “Dance With The Shadows”, 1964 (by Brian Bennett, Vruab Locking, Hank Marvin, Bruce Welch)  + THE BEATLES feat. TONY SHERIDAN: What’d I Say + BIG JIM SULLIVAN COMBO: Hot Hiss Of Steam, b-side, 1961 single + BIG JIM SULLIVAN & JIMMY PAGE: Pageing Sullivan (< The Wild One, 1966) + THE KREW KATS: The Bat (unreleased at the time)   *** FORGOTTEN & OVERLOOKED THE BEAU BRUMMELS: Laugh Laugh , Just A Little (Top 20 USA, 1965) + THE SOPWITH CAMEL: Hello Hello (no. 26 USA 1967) *** LONGPLAYTIME : AUDIENCE (Waverley Stage Coach, first LP, 1969) + THE KINKS: Days (no. 12 UK / no. 17 Belgium < Village Green Preservation Society, 1968) + THE HERD: On Your Own (Paradise and Underworld, 1968)  *** WORD:  ROBERT F. WILLIAMS: Negroes, Whites and Violence ***

2 BLUESIDE (NEW)CHICKEN SHACK (THE DERAM YEARS): Crying Won’t Help You Now, Poor Boy (Imagination Lady, Deram, 1972), As Time Goes Passing By, Stan the Man, Unlucky Boy (Unlucky Boy, Deram, 1973) + TONY ASHTON BAND: Mercy Mercy (cd ‘Endangered Species’) *** THE ORIGINATORS  & INSPIRATORS : CHAMPION JACK DUPREE:  Lawdy Lawdy (Scooby Dooby Doo) + FREDDIE KING: Have You Ever Loved A Woman *** KEEPERS OF THE BLUES FLAME: JOHN OATES: Arkansas, DIg Black Deep (cd Arkansas, Thirty Tigers, 2018, thanks to V2 Records Belgium and Thirty Tigers records)  *** WORD:  MICHELE GAZICH: Guerra Civile + MATT JONES: Hell No, I Ain’t Gonna Go

Dick Taylor and Keith Richards

3 MY GENERATION (REPEATED) SPECIAL Dick Taylor [Exclusive Radio 68 interview] & the early days of The Rollin’ Stones, Little Boy Blue & the Blue Boys, feat. Geoff Bradford, alternated with music by The Pretty Things + Little Boy Blue and The Blue Boys +Bo Diddley + Geoff Bradford, Brian Knight & Johnny Joyce + The Roundhouse Jug Four feat. Geoff Bradford + Chuck Berry + The Rolling Stones.

Juke Box Magazine 25cm LP

4 BLUESIDE (REPEATED)SPECIAL: DICK TAYLOR & COMPANY feat. Little Boy Blue & The Blue Boys, the early Rollin’ Stones and The Pretty Things, including artists who were involved in their formation: The Cyril Davies R&B All Stars feat. Geoff Bradford + Long John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men, feat. Geoff Bradford (LP Long John’s Blues) + Little Boy Blue and  The Blue Boys, feat. Dick Taylor, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger  + The Rolling Stones (IBC Demos) + The Pretty Things Live at the BBC + Alexis Korner’s Blues  Incorporated, feat. Cyril Davies and Dick Heckstall-Smith.


Vince Taylor never made it in the UK or the US, but he was huge in Belgium and France. His singing  voice wasn’t anything special, but on stage he was a real phenomenon, a devil all clad in black leather with chains, medals and bracelets, putting on a unique physical stage act that involved rolling on his back. Some of his numerous French gigs were recorded and Big Beat Records put out a cd with seven songs captured at the Paris Olympia  on various occasions in 1961, 1965 and 1966. The cd is augmented with two early singles on Parlophone, five tracks on Palette (incl. the unreleased ‘Cold, White and Beautiful’).
Taylor compensated his voice by putting on a show, but also by hiring some of the best UK musicians around. On his Parlophone singles from (1959-1960), Vince Taylor was accompanied by the likes of  Brian ‘Licorice’ Locking (bass), Brian Bennett (drums), Tony Sheridan (voc, gtr) and Joe Moretti (gtr). Next, Locking and Bennett moved to Marty Wilde’s backing group, the Wild Cats, which developed into The Krew Cats featuring Big Jim Sullivan on lead. At the end of 1961, Brian Bennett became a Shadow. After a short stint with Adam Faith’s Group The Roulettes, Locking equally joined The Shadows (as both Tony Meehan and Jet Harris had left by that time). Jim Sullivan also lead his own group, The Big Jim Sullivan Combo (one single in 1961), before becoming an in-demand session player who would keep on releasing solo stuff every now and then, such as the LP ‘Sitar Beat’.

RADIO 68 PLAYS tracks from the Big Beat cd ‘Live At The Olympia’, The Shadows feat. Bennett and Locking, The Krew Kats feat. Jim Sullivan, The Big Jim Sullivan Combo (b-side of their only single) and The Beatles feat. Tony Sheridan.

Dick Taylor at Le Sounds, Brussels, Feb. 2019, picture Eddy Bonte

Dick Taylor, mainly known as lead guitarist with The Pretty Things, co-founded Little Boy Blue and The Blue Boys, who evolved into The Rollin’ Stones / The Rolling Stones. Dick (then on bass) and some friends had jammed for fun for a few years when they were joined by Keith Richards and Mick Jagger – forming Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys and an early line-up of The Rollin’ Stones (mind the spelling). They later met with Brian Jones and Geoff Bradford through Alexis Korner. Members came and went (e.g. Brian Knight, Paul Jones), with Dick Taylor deciding to continue his studies at Sidcup Art School. Mick, Keith and Brian then recruited Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman. You know the rest. Dick met Phil May at Sidcup Art School and together they formed The Pretty Things, who had even longer hair and boasted an even uglier image.
Dick Taylor is a most accessible and a most accomplished guitar player who is still active.
He granted Radio 68 an exclusive interview in Brussels on 15 Jan. 2017.
His early mates never played a major role in the music business and are now, regretfully, forgotten altogether (viz. Bob Beckwith, rhythm guitar and Allen Etherington, percussion). Home recordings (made at Dick Taylor’s home using reel-to-reel–tape) of the earliest line-ups with Beckwith and Etherington have been released by “Juke Box Magazine” in France

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