Carl Leighton-Pope, John Coghlan, Jim Stapley & Dave Jones

Interviews from 9th June Carl include Leighton-Pope of the Carnaby Street production, John Coghlan of Status Quo, Jim Stapley, along with Dave Jones of The Cavern Club.

Carnaby Street is a stunning musical, set against the backdrop of London’s West End in the Sixties, the famous clubs, trendy fashions and eccentric characters, at a time full of hope and freedom, when the world is changing and anything seems possible.  Carl Leighton-Pope was given his first taste of the music business when he started work at London’s famous Marquee Club in the early Sixties. He went on to open a recording studio in South Wales in 1972 and has managed Sassafras, Dire Straits, Simple Minds, Patti Smith, The Motors, UFO, Camel, Journey, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Loverboy, SAGA, The Fixx, Bryan Adams and Matt Bianco. He enjoyed substantial success by touring The Chippendales, Bonnie Tyler and Van Morrison around Europe. Carl is still working with most of his artistes and his most recent client, Michael Bublé, is now selling out arenas throughout the world.  Since January 2004, he has taken on the role of a consultant to WWE for all of their live performances outside North America.

John Coghlan was an original member of the English rock band, Status Quo.  The son of a Glasgow-born father and a London born half-French mother, Coghlan grew up in Dulwich, and was educated at Kingsdale Comprehensive school until leaving school at 15 to begin an apprenticeship as a mechanic.  He and the original lineup of Status Quo; Rick Parfitt, Francis Rossi and Alan Lancaster will tour the UK and record an album in 2013, as well as appearing in the documentary on Status Quo, titled Hello Quo.

Originally heralding from Manchester, by age 17 Jim Stapley was already pursuing the rock and roll dream, skipping school to catch the train to London where he rehearsed daily with musicians a decade older than he was. The work paid off, leading to shows in iconic venues all over London as well as a residency at The Borderline, an 18+ club for which Jim, the lead singer, had to be smuggled in. After a good run with a few different bands, Jim’s career took a decidedly solo turn. That’s when it all really cracked open. Jim began playing gigs in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Norway, Italy, Germany, and other amazing locales before eventually returning home to the legendary Dean Street Studios where he cut this first album.

The Cavern Club is a nightclub at 10 Mathew Street, in Liverpool, England.  The original Cavern Club opened in 1957 as a jazz club, later becoming a centre of the rock and roll scene in Liverpool in the 1960s. The Beatles played in the club in their early years.  It closed in March 1973 and re-opened in 1984, rebuilt using many of the original bricks, to the original plans and at the same address.  In 1991, two friends — schoolteacher Bill Heckle and taxi driver Dave Jones — reopened The Cavern and still run the club today, now the longest-running owners in its history.

Carl Leighton-Pope of the Carnaby Street production

John Coghlan of Status Quo

Jim Stapley

Dave Jones of The Cavern Club