3. The Blackhawks
Now we had a
proper group and away we went! Hitting all the local high spots
from 1958 to 1961 that was also a time of fast change. Every
day something new, and the biggest thing to change the world of
music for every, was drifting over from the USA ---- the
This was the
Holy Grail, the shape, the sound ,the Image and a new invention
that was a fantastic addition to creating new sounds - the
Tremolo Bar! This bar allowed you to move all the strings up
and down to give a 'Twangy' shimmering sound that
completed the guitarists arsenal of effects. Now the problem.
In 1958 my income was £1 Five shillings per week that was from
a part time job after school 15 shillings plus 10 bob a week I
was making from playing, mega bucks!
Now, if you
could manage to buy a Strat which were like 'Hens Teeth' there
was a little matter of a price tag of nearly £200! It may have
been a million, totally out of my reach. Luckily other guitar
makers came up with a solution that could be fitted to old
guitars like mine, the Palm Tremolo! And a more realistic price
of a Fiver I was up and running! Good old
Holloway my best mate was very lucky to have 'Royalty' for a
father, the god of all and plenty, he was the local Tally man!
Bernie therefore was able to get things for the group on the
'drip' and this gave us an 'edge' over other bands as we had
the latest gear and instruments, apart from a Strat! We got
kitted out for our first colour photos in Gold Bomber
Jackets, Lilac Jeans, Silver Sued Winkle picker shoes and
multicolour ties!! All right, you may have noticed from
the photo that my keeks are half way up my legs but I am a
big lad and Bernie is small and everything was, wholesale!
Also I am playing Bernies Blue Solid Lucky Severn Guitar
with white floating pickups and George is playing one of
the very first Strats that came into
Liverpool. This was loaned by a local sailor who had just
brought it back from the states.
plenty of work and played four to six times a week and had a
great time and leant a great deal about
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