Continuation of Biography: PART 2

I came to London in the late sixties, principally to join up with BOB MILLER & the MILLERMEN who at the time were probably the
most popular of the touring Big-Bands! Not only that, they
were a very busy Broadcasting outfit, with a regular BBC
programme “PARADE OF THE POPS”.

This meant that first I had to pass my BBC audition (this
was to allow an artist to record/perform for the BBC). I did
this at the rehearsal for Parade of the Pops of which had
regular guest stars who would be rehearsing for the “live
show”. On this day the guest star was TOM JONES who
was at No.1 in the charts with the “Green, Green Grass
of Home”.

Anyway, this led me to a very busy year of touring with
the BOB MILLER & the MILLERMEN.
At the same time I started to record “demos” for other
leading songwriters of the time which got me into the
session scene.

Moving into 70's, I joined Ross Mitchell's
NOCTURNES & recorded a few good but unfortunately unsuccessful “singles” so then went “free-lance” to record my own records & to work with most of the Big & Small Bands around London.

I was later asked to record with Midland Radio Orchestra under
the direction of NORRIE PARAMOUR. After an appearance
on TV's “New Faces” in '74 I was invited to sing with the BBC Radio Big Band and the various Radio Orchestras. This is
when I got to work with such great Musical Directors/
Arrangers as BARRY FORGIE, NEIL RICHARDSON,
STEVE GRAY, PETE SMITH, DAVE HANCOCK to name
but a few! (I'm sorry for the ones I left out but they're
not forgotten!)

In the meantime I was also recording singles in the “pop”
market in the hope of getting a 'hit”.

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