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BATTERY ACID COULD HAVE KILLED US ALL IN THE VAN. 

Years ago we were on the road back to Dundee from a gig, as usual it was late and Jerry, Calvert, Rusty were all asleep in the back of the van, I never slept   ( EVER) in the van while driving, Lenny kept saying I'm not sure whats going on I'm so tired and kinda dizzy....strangely I was almost falling asleep too!  He pulled into a garage and checked under the hood of the Transit van and sure enough there was battery acid all over the place...we had a leak in it and had all been inhaling the fumes from it…

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WHERE I DID A LOT OF SINGING ~ STANNERGATE GRASSY BEACH IN DUNDEE 

When I was about 14 I hung out with a crowd of friends here all the time, we would go down to the shelter on the beach and my friends who were all coupled up would sit in the shelter and be smoking and necking ( kissing ) hahaa I would stand at the front of the shelter and they would call out songs and I would stand there facing the water and sing them.  The acoustics were really good hahaha.  Alan Glen jogged my memory of some of the songs I would sing, Neilson Can't Live. Please Stay The crying shames…

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A GREAT GIG SUPPORTING BILLY OCEAN AND THE WORST SUNBURN 

We went to St Hellier in the 70's for a few weeks and were supporting Billy Ocean. Some of my friends sat with me in my flat for days hand sewing sequins on all the stage outfits I had made for this trip. St Hellier was a little Island and one of the Channel Islands off the coast of UK & France.  The day we arrived it so beautiful to see the beautiful beach and the lovely sand and palm trees. I checked in to the Guest house dropped my bags and went straight to the beach I layed there for hours soaking up…

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I HAD DINNER WITH FRANKIE VAUGHAN 

Years ago I was performing in the Baracudda where I was resident for years with the band The Flamingoes.  We would support special nights with super famous Artists. This night the amazing Frankie Vaughan was appearing. I invited my Mum because she loved him so much he was such a big Star and an amazing performer, He was featured in a film with Marilyn Monroe and was always on UK TV shows. I met him at rehearsal and soundcheck it was great to see and hear him work. On the performance night I took my Mum into…

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WE RAN OVER OUR KEYBOARD PLAYER!! 

We were travelling back to Dundee from an amazing gig supporting Bill Fredricks ( from the Drifters ) Allan tended to hit the bar at our gigs and aparently had one too many. We stopped the van quite a few times to let him out...but the last time he asked us to pull over was the begining of a nightmare.  Lenny started to pull into the side of the road and Allan thought we had stopped, so he opened the side door and tried to get out..we were still moving so he fell out and we hit him in his leg, not sure if…

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Maxwell Hall Jazz Ensemble 

Sharing this new and exciting Musical Adventure ♫♪♫

A month ago I joined the Maxwell Hall Jazz Ensemble. What an amazing experience this is for me! At the first rehearsal they were very warm and friendly and welcomed me with a nice hello. Straight away they settled into the rehearsal, they were running through a few instrumentals so I was able to sit and enjoy and take in all the sound....such a big sound too! 

I was getting more nervous as the minutes ticked by. Then it was my turn.....I stepped up to…

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Working with Harry Rabinowitz 

Back in the day I was lucky enough to get chosen to feature on a Pilot Show for STV ( Scottish Television ) I was flown down to London to meet the Director Brian Izzard and Musical Director/ Harry Rabinowitz and the Cast.  There were 6 Singers that were to be featured and the dance team was Hot Gossip. At the rehearsal studio we were all handed sheet music...........I immediately went into panic mode! I couldn't site read....I knew the songs I was to be performing but I remember walking around frantic…

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Gig Nightmare - I was left all alone on an Island 

 Back in the day we took a three day gig up in the Orkney Islands for an American Oil Company called Dowell Schlumberger. There were 3 bands. We took a boat part way and did a gig on the boat for passage as part of the deal. There was a pole in the middle of the stage and we thought what a strange place to put a pole.....after we got underway in the North Sea I got really sea sick...and when it was time for the show I was glad the pole was there because we were rockin all over the place. ( and no it wasn't…

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The GHP Virtual Awards Show Ocober 4th, 2014 

What a wonderful night we had, the first annual GHP Virtual Awards Show. It was an amazing night with Friends, Peers, Fans, Radio Presenters and Promotors, a great time was had by all.  We enjoyed listening to some amazing music and acceptance speeches straight from the heart from all that were able to attend personally.  It is so heartwarming to see and hear music professionals support each other in this way by being there to support their fellow Artists and for music lovers and supporters to see us in…

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BURGLAR IN MY ROOM 

Many years ago while on the road we were at The Darlington Hotel in Ayr for a Friday & Saturday night gig. It was a big venue and we loved it there except for the fact there was such a long hall to get from the back door to the stage for load in......we had a Hammond and a big Leslie cabinet so that was always a hump for the guys.  The Hotel always gave us comp rooms but they weren't always the best rooms the hotel had to offer but when your on the road FREE is always a plus. 

After the show on Friday…

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