​                                                The Little BIG Band.
  ​After I regained consciousness - from the 7 Year Itch Band and it's Psychological trauma - I picked up the Phone - "Hello Jim!"
It was the Birth of 'The Little Big Band'. Jim and I were together for 10 years and were the (innovators) of the so called Backing Tracks, but now sadly anything goes.
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Jim Hopwood 
During 'The Little Big Band' days. Jim was one of the first ever to use a 'Roland GR - 707 Synthesizer Guitar', he was certainly a 'Master of his Craft'. Together with Peter Eddleston Barry I'Anson and Pete Taylor, were all members of the Electones back in the 60's. They later changed  their name to - the Summers  - Weather - Surf Side Six - and finally they teamed up with Marty Wilde ('Teenager in Love' Hit), for quite some time after, supported Bob Monkhouse, who was in the line of fire with -'Bernie!-The Bolt' from the British T.V program 'The Golden Shot'. 
                                                                                      
 
A few more memorable faces - info below.                                                          Peter has now passed on R.I.P.
 
 
 
    Above Photos - Left to Right -

1.  The Little BIG Band.  Wammy & Jim.
​2.  Jim Hopwood with his GR 707 Guitar.


3. Jim & I, in Pete's Studio. 
​4.  Peter Eddleston. (R.I.P).


5.  Wammy & Gerry Donague.   (Photo c/o Pat Walmsley).
Taken at the Key Street  bar in Clitheroe Lancashire - later the Alexandra Wine Bar in Chester -
After moving to England, Gerry soon became a respected member of the developing British folk rock scene. 

He recorded and/or toured (Quote) with artists such as Joan Armatrading, Gerry Raffarty, Robert Plant, Elton John, The Proclaimers, Johnny Hallyday, Cliff Richard, Chris Rea, Hank Marvin, Roy  Orbison, Nancy   Griffith, The Beach Boys,
Bonnie Raitt and the Yardbirds. then in 1990, he founded the 'Helicasters' with Will Ray and J
ohn Jorgenson. (Unquote). 


6.  Steve Gibbons.  (The Steve Gibbon's Band.). (Photo c/o Steve Gibbons)
I bumped into Steve on a couple of occasions, during the Isle of Man T.T. races and was lucky to be invited to one of 
the  Steve Gibbon's gigs  at  Paramount City. The Band were rockin' especially when the song - B.S.A.- was 'kick-started' - 
(Click on Link) Street Parade/Saints & Sinners  - 
During 1977 the band released a Chuck Berry song - 'Tulane' - recorded on the Polydor Label and hit the top ten.    

I was amazed when Steve turned up at one of my Gigs at the Ridgeway Hotel in Douglas during the Isle of Man T.T. one year - 
Good on ya Steve, Top Man!
​                                                                                 My Autobiography tells the story.


 
 
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