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A LIFE IN ROCK’N’ROLL

In this issue, Vince remembers his friendship with the late Freddie Starr, who passed away in May this year
Photos supplied by Vince Eager

I ts common knowledge that Liverpool was possibly the first UK city to recognise the abundance of rocknroll in America due to the amount of sailors who worked on the ships sailing between Liverpool and New York. Whilst in America the thrifty sailors would purchase the latest American hit records and once back home would sell them to the Scousers. Liverpool was already a city steeped in music hall history with many of Britain’s finest funnymen and women hailing from the city on the River Mersey, and it was soon to become famous for its musicians born out of American rock’n’roll. One of these such musicians was a youngster who grew up to be the lead singer in The Midnighters, a popular Merseyside group. Their popularity grew due to their lead singer being a brilliant rock’n’roll vocalist and an Elvis Presley soundalike, his name was Freddie Starr. He could have become a hit recording artist in his own right but his amazing humour turned him into one of Britain’s funniest, yet controversial artists.

I was so saddened to hear of Freddie’s passing as I got to know him well due to the occasions we’d worked together. The following are just a few of the hundreds of pranks Freddie indulged in and part of the reason his life became so complicated.

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In this issue of Vintage Rock we enter the riotous world of Wanda Jackson. She's finally just hung up her touring boots this year aged 81, so we decided it was time to honour the Queen Of Rockabilly's tenure at the top from her incredible rise to glory as both a country and rockabilly star to her greatest ever performances – "It's been a wild ride!" Little Miss Dynamite goes out with a bang! We got the exclusive on Brenda Jackson's retirement too! In our candid interview Brenda remembers her spectacular career, from rubbing shoulders with Elvis to surviving the British Invasion intact. It's been 60 years since the storming debut album that positioned Cliff Richard as the UK's own Elvis – with The Drifters in support – we remember a raw classic. It's also been 60 years since rock'n'roll was hit with it's first major scandal. Inside we get to the bottom of the infamous 'Payola Scandal', the real rock'n'roll swindle in which the scene's major players had to face the music. From villains to heroes, we talk to Memphis Mafia man Jerry Schilling about his days with Elvis and the upcoming 'Elvis In Concert' tour with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, plus we speak to instrumental hero Johnny Farina, one half of duo Santo & Johnny, about their timeless hit 'Sleepwalk'. Bringing things up to date, we chat with Darrel Higham about his new album Bop Machine, we met Nick Lowe, who tells about his new project with masked marauders Los Straitjackets, and we review Stray Cats long-awaited return to the London stage – and what a night it was! Plenty more besides from fresh talent and rockin' weekenders to news, reviews and more!