Glasgow’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Re: Glasgow’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Postby neilmc » Sat Mar 09, 2013 3:20 pm

Hendrix/Floyd/Move etc. package tour, Green's Playhouse, 5th December 1967: it seems that Noel Redding was less than impressed with Glasgow:-

http://novdec1967.blogspot.co.uk/2010/0 ... house.html
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Re: Glasgow’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Postby stevieboy » Wed Mar 20, 2013 7:15 pm

The lead singer from love and Money James Grant was in my class at school I went to their first gig at toryglen community centre in 1980. Jim kerr lead singer from Simple Minds also lived in the same block as me in 24 crossbank road it is away now.
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Re: Glasgow’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Postby Wee Harry » Thu Mar 21, 2013 9:26 am

What about Alex Harvey - surely he is the glesga greatest!
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Re: Glasgow’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Postby Dexter St. Clair » Thu Mar 21, 2013 2:43 pm

Never heard of him, Harry. Was he in Sidney Devine's band?
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Re: Glasgow’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Postby Wee Harry » Thu Mar 21, 2013 3:41 pm

Dex thats Sensational!
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Re: Glasgow’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Postby Sandy Robertson » Thu Mar 21, 2013 3:48 pm

There was a dreadful USA folksinger named Alex Harvey who made one LP then vanished - as an ex rock hack I'm an expert in these things. Is that who you mean? Can't understand what he has to do with Glesga, though. Perhaps there was another man of that name who was more talented? Hmm!
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Re: Glasgow’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Postby Dexter St. Clair » Thu Mar 21, 2013 3:57 pm

Harry some pedantic bastard is gonna come along and tell you to use the search slot but you should check out Sydney Devine
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Re: Glasgow’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Postby Sandy Robertson » Thu Mar 21, 2013 4:05 pm

Syd Devine, Syd Barrett, Alex Harvey and Alex Harvey, what a band thatd make. Sensational.Sorry - this is getting silly now.
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Re: Glasgow’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Postby Wee Harry » Thu Mar 21, 2013 4:06 pm

Wtf, you'll be tgelling me next Girls aloud are splitting up!
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Re: Glasgow’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Postby Sandy Robertson » Thu Mar 21, 2013 4:11 pm

A consummation devoutly to be wished and mantained for many a millenium, Harry!
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Re: Glasgow’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Postby Wee Harry » Thu Mar 21, 2013 4:21 pm

Sandy. the old feller was from Kinning Parl and went to Scotland Street School, when he was home from the Army he would Jam with Lex in the HiHi, I vaguely remember he was waspish thin, enhanced this with his jersey, remember him applying eye liner (didnt know what it was at the time).

I was told he was moody!
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Re: Glasgow’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Postby Sandy Robertson » Thu Mar 21, 2013 4:28 pm

My ignorance is profound. Lex is Alex H? Who is old feller? Bit mixed up. Syd D!?! I interviewed Alex around the time of Mafia Stole My Guitar.
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Re: Glasgow’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Postby Dexter St. Clair » Thu Mar 21, 2013 4:55 pm

Joe Moretti writes on early days with Alex Harvey and Sydney Devine.

I was 19 years old, was still going to high school and had been playing guitar for about a year. I knew of one other guitar player in the whole of Glasgow, and guitars were really just good looking instruments that cowboys played in the movies. I was playing an "Arch-Top" "Hofner Senator Guitar," acoustic.

A Glasgow newspaper was running a competition to find "Scotland's Tommy Steele" and the number of people who entered the competition was quite amazing. There must have been 50 people there, all playing guitars, all playing at the same time. Over in a corner is a guy with an amplifier. An AMPLIFIER !! And I have a pickup ! I am five feet away from Wonderland. The guy with the amp. is playing a battered old acoustic with a "Besson" pickup attached, like me, and He's strumming nicely and singing an old Ballad . "St. James Infirmary" or something. When he finished I introduced myself and he told Me his name was Alex Harvey.

The auditions are taking place in another room adjacent to the one we are in. The plan is to eventually end up with just three contestants and they will perform the following night at a local ballroom in the final heat of the competition. After a couple of hours of chaos the list is down to the final three -Alex, Myself, and another guy - Pat somebody. We three eventually end up in the room together and we have to give a bit of a performance for the Press. My big number is "You're Right; I'm Left, She's gone" an old Elvis song. Alex goes heavy into Little Richard, and the other guy does Be Bop-a-Lula . So, that over, We are ready for the final the next night, and Alex wins and I join him on guitar in his band.

Now I'm lead guitar with Alex Harvey and the "Kansas City Band." We were a strange mixture that Alex picked up from all over. We eventually ended up with eight guys in the band and a Driver/Manager, so we acquired a big car called an " " a nine seater with a chauffeur's window and we were in business. We lived in that car. Slept in that car. We were marooned in various towns and that car was our home. We used to pick up chicks, mainly for one reason, to wash our clothes, iron our shirts for the next gig.

We got stuck for a week in the Market Square in Carlisle on the Scotland/ England border. Now the wonderful thing about that square was it had public toilets and was next to a railway station. Every morning one of us would go and use the facilities, washing,shaving etc. This cost a penny which you inserted into a box on the door. And as one guy came out he'd hold the door open and the next guy would go in until all of us were fresh and ready to meet the day,for one penny.


Anyway, here's Alex Harvey and the Kansas City Band stuck in the Square at Carlisle Station. The Driver/manager was a rip off artist and said He had to go back to Glasgow by train to see his family for a couple of days. He handed us a couple of bucks each and said "Adios" and Alex and the we had to look out for ourselves. First thing we do is go to a hardware store and buy a frying pan, then we buy some "Oxo" cubes, a loaf of bread and we drive out to the countryside. Some guys are bullshitting about how to build a fire and they've been in the army, the boy scouts etc. Oh yes, and we had a few tins of beans. So now Sidney Devine and I go over to a field and dig up some potatoes and turnips and stuff, and we go back to the fire to cook them. Alex Harvey and the Kansas City Band on their way to the big time. We're drinking hot "Oxo," eating beans and burned potatoes,and our bed that night would be the old car. Want to know something ? It was magic
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Re: Glasgow’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Postby Sandy Robertson » Thu Mar 21, 2013 5:02 pm

Dex, that was wonderful. I knew about the competition Alex won but not all the detail. If you haven't written a book then you really should!
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Re: Glasgow’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Postby Wee Harry » Thu Mar 21, 2013 5:17 pm

Dex I echo that, wonderful!
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