Thank you Mark for another fantastic evening. A real inspiration for both budding and experienced sax players and for those of us in the crowd who went home with serious feel good factor. Music does it again!
Eliot playing Green Onions Live!
The Gas Giants (Will Gregory, Ross Hughes, Tony Orrell) putting in a rare appearance live at the Old Barn up Kelston Roundhill. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2933052
Here some Simon Archer photos of Will helping us during rehearsals and during The Big Blowout Guinness World Record achieved in 2004.
Support by the wonderful violinist Agathe Max (more than worth the ticket price on her own, but not a sax player obviously).
More background here – https://kelstonrecords.co.uk
Ken has performed all over Britain and has made numerous TV and radio programmes. He has appeared on the Royal variety show at the Palladium on a number of occasions.
He was a boy ventriloquist and made an early appearance at the Flat Lane Labour club, Ellesmere Port, earning three and sixpence (seventeen and a half pence).
His father who was a coal merchant was also a musician, playing the double bass and saxophone
. Ken added: “my father was also a great joke teller, encouraging my brother, sister and I to go into show business.”
Ken turned professional in 1954 and has been waving his tickling stick ever since. Ken’s first record was’ Love is like a Violin’, recorded in early spring of 1960 and by the autumn it was at the number one slot. He went on to record ‘Happiness’ in 1962.
Ken tells me that in 1965 he played the London Palladium for forty-two and a half weeks. While there, he recorded two songs at Abbey road studios. They were ‘Tears’ and ‘The River’. He told me that ‘Tears’ sold over two million copies and ‘The River’ earned him a silver disc.
Asked what was his greatest moment in the business, he said, “Tonight. It’s always the present that is the best, because yesterday is history and we don’t know what tomorrow will bring.”
How he invented the catchphrase ‘How Tickled I Am’. He told me that he wanted a catchphrase that he could vary and tells me that after racking his brains he came up with that one. Ken said: “When there were many comedians, you had to have your own trademark. Mine is the tickling stick, the hair and teeth.”