Interviews from 4th August include Mick Smitham of The Fortunes, Alan Lovell of Swinging Blue Jeans, along with Jason Lent of The Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas.
Mick Smitham moved with his family from The Midlands to Whitehaven in Cumberland in 1955. Influenced by his brother Barry, with whom he later played in his first band, he soon developed an interest in music, taught himself guitar and was soon playing in local bands. One of these ‘Heaven’ went on to tour with Black Sabbath. Michael eventually moved south again in 1969 to pursue his musical career and played in lots of bands, a few of which included Paul Hooper & Bob Jackson. He then turned professional in the early seventies with ‘Eyes Of Blue’ and served his musical apprenticeship for many years backing the likes of Del Shannon, Bobby Vee, PJ Proby, Percy Sledge, Johnny Tillotson, The Marvelettes, Anne Peebles, The Floaters, The Drifters amongst others, all over the world. Michael was asked to join The Fortunes in the early 80’s and since then has become the longest serving member of the band since it’s formation in 1963.
Alan Lovell has been the right hand man to founder members of The Swinging Blue Jeans (Ray Ennis & Les Braid) since the 90’s, and has continued to tour successfully with the current line up since, both in the UK & abroad. Alan started his career in Wales in the early sixties and has toured and recorded over the years with many acts such as Marty Wilde, PJ Proby, Denny Laine, & The New Vaudeville Band to name but a few.
Jason Lent is the Operations Manager for the Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas. Featuring 42,000 square feet of pure unadulterated rock n’ roll, the cafe, located next to the MGM Grand Hotel, provides three-floors of non-stop action and features the world’s largest Rock Shop. An interactive “Rock Wall”, interactive “Microsoft Surface” tables, hi-speed Internet access, a contemporary lounge and bar, and patio dining are here to experience while enjoying an unobstructed view of the world famous Las Vegas Strip
Mick Smitham of The Fortunes
Alan Lovell of Swinging Blue Jeans
Jason Lent of The Hard Rock Cafe, Las Vegas