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AS TOLD TO VINCE EAGERSoundtrack of my lifeBrian “Licorice” Locking

Brian “Licorice” Locking began his career in Vince Taylor’s Playboys before joining Marty Wilde’s Wildcats, playing on such hits as Teenager In Loveand Bad Boy. He was the bass guitarist of The Shadows from 1962-63, enjoying success with Cliff’s Summer Holidaysoundtrack, Foot Tapper, Guitar Tango, Dance Onand Atlantis
Brian Locking: A Shadow was his former self
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A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square

PERCY EDWARDS

1953

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In the late 1940s I was fascinated by the radio and one of its most popular programmes, Workers’ Playtime. It featured a diverse range of artistes from comedians to classical musicians and there was one regular entertainer named Percy Edwards who captured my imagination and I couldn’t get enough of him. He wasn’t a singer or comedian, but an ornithologist who did bird impressions. On this occasion he was impersonating a nightingale as the piece of music, A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Squareplayed, I was now hooked on music!

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