Author Archives: Bruce

The Band That Prog Remembers (a little)

Following on from my earlier post The Band That Prog Forgot… I just got an e-mail from Clouds organist, Billy Ritchie (r).  Apparently, on his website, Jon Anderson of Yes has finally acknowledged (a little) the vital role Clouds played in the inception of Prog Rock — and in the careers of the many who embraced it. Clouds were very important in those early years.  I remember them performing Paul Simon’s America at a Marquee concert and at a gig in … Continue reading

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How long did they think they could get away with it!

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For further information, go to the Profile Bass page. The first thing about it that stood out was that the pickup is probably the loudest P-bass style pickup I’ve ever heard, and the low end response on it is astonishing! For sure, this bass can rumble the house! But it also has a clear ringing high end when the tone control is dialed up. Also notable is the sustain, hit a note and it’ll ring for nearly a minute … The … Continue reading

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What’s the Score?

I’m away for a week to Wales, so here’s a collectors’ item to keep you going.  This is when the Quiver and Humble Pie boys met the Pink Floyd for a game of soccerball.  Willie Wilson, Quiver’s drummer on the left, me, and Roger Waters and Nick Mason.  Others there were Jimmy McCulloch and Steve Marriott.  My friend, the noted wit and bon viveur John Hughes, asked if it might not more accurately be designated as a game of ‘Spot … Continue reading

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The Band That Prog Forgot

In 1967 it was unheard for an unknown band to be asked to headline at the Marquee club in London.  But the Marquee’s manager, John Gee, believed 1-2-3 to be the best band he’d ever seen — a Scottish trio comprising of Harry Hughes, drums; Ian Ellis, bass and Billy Ritchie, organ (l to r on photo).  Often John Gee had to come on stage and interrupt to calm the audience and tell them that if they wanted boring R&B … Continue reading

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Bass Player Seeks Gig

It’s been a while since I posted anything …  Mike Miller sent me this a while ago and it still raises a chuckle.  To be honest, I had to read it twice to decide whether or not it really is a spoof.

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New Interview

I’ve just done a new interview with Mr Harry Pye of The Rebel magazine if any of you would like to take a look. http://therebelmagazine.blogspot.co.uk/

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Ye Olde Gigge Liste

I was rummaging through some boxes in the loft when I came across some old gig lists for the first six months of my time as an Attraction.  Back in the day, before the office provided us with printed schedules, I used to write it all out meticulously … as you can see. The rehearsal on July 3 was the first time the four of us got together and played as a unit at the same time in the same place.  … Continue reading

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