09 January 2016

Dave Berry, Jeff Lowe & Nicky Weller

Interviews from 30th November include Dave Berry, Jeff Lowe, along with Nicky Weller.

Dave Berry is an English pop singer and former teen idol of the 1960s.  He performed a mixture of R&B and pop ballads and was popular in Britain, and in Continental Europe, especially Belgium and the Netherlands, but had no commercial success in the US, where he is best known for the original versions of Ray Davies' "This Strange Effect" and Graham Gouldman's "I'm Going To Take You There".  He had an unusual ambition for a pop performer trying to make a name for himself - to appear on television completely hidden by a prop. In his own words, to "not appear, to stay behind something and not come out". He often hid behind the upturned collar of his leather jacket, or wrapped himself around, and effectively behind, the microphone lead.

Jeff Lowe was born in London and has been a gigging, recording artist and session musician all his working life, working in the past with people such as Trevor Horn (producer of Robbie Williams, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Grace Jones etc. etc.), Dave Bascombe (Tears for Fears producer), Phil Manzanera, from Roxy Music, and Kiki Dee, to name a few.  Jeff is a published writer and has signed deals in the past with PYE Records, Virgin / EMI, Prestige / Sleeping Giant. He has written for bands such as The Cutting Crew (one of the few bands to score a #1 hit in the UK, Europe and the USA simultaneously), Stoney, and his niece Holly Jazz Lowe.  Jeff’s touring band name, G.E.M. (Groove Enlightened Minstrels), have been delighting audiences in the Southwest.

Nicky Weller is the sister of Paul Weller, and author of 'Growing up with the Jam'.  A beautifully presented coffee table book packed from cover to cover with celebrity memories paying tribute to the band that inspired an entire generation.  A host of household names from the world of music, film and media have penned fitting tributes to the band. From stars of the sixties who influenced the band, Ray Davies and Pete Townshend to the bands competing for chart success, Adam Ant, Sir Bob Geldof, Mick Jones and Jools Holland. With a foreword from all three members of the band, heart-warming personal recollections, spine tingling accolades and unseen photos, this really is a must read for any music fan.

Dave Berry of Sold Silver '60s Tour


Jeff Lowe of GEM


Nicky Weller, author

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