Singer "gives something back" to medical research
BRAVE DAVE'S CANCER
The Buddy Presley front man teamed up with singer 'Memphis Pete' Binns to play a four-way rockin' tribute night to Elvis, Buddy, Shaky and Motown. It took place in Leeds on July 31st, with proceeds going to Prostate Cancer UK.
"It was simply brilliant," said Dave. "Over 150 turned out to see us at Rowland Road Working Men's Club in Beeston. We have raised £980 for Prostate Cancer UK. We were donated two personalised baseball jackets by the East Coast Swing Jive and Dance Club. We auctioned these and they went for a total of £130. Also a brilliant raffle. We also produced a charity CD and those all sold out.
"The feedback on Facebook has been incredible with tons of congratulations on our show as well loads of friend requests. All everyone wants to know is when and where the next one will be. I'm sure this event will be repeated, but for now we need some rest."
Dave was diagnosed with the disease in May 2014. He told Planet Jive: "It was a total shock as I've been active all my life. I've never smoked, and like to think I have looked after myself.
"I then had four months of hormone therapy, then seven weeks' solid radiotherapy which started on December 30th, 2014. I was finally told in April that my cancer was in remission. I have just had another blood test for my first follow-up appointment. Fingers crossed.
"I then decided that I wanted to and could give something back. I approached Peter Binns, an Elvis tribute artist who also does Motown, about us putting on charity concert for Prostate Cancer UK. Pete had done a big fundraiser the year before and from the moment I approached him he was in."
Bad timesWhile undergoing treatment, Dave has continued to front The Buddy Presley Show, playing the parts of Buddy and Elvis, backed by a seven-piece band.
He added: "It's been a bittersweet 12 months. My rockin' theatre shows with The Buddy Presley Band have gone from strength to strength. Then with the same band we have our 'Elvis v Jerry Lee Lewis The Showdown' with Peter Gill as Jerry Lee. I have also recently guested in the stage show Rock'n'Roll Paradise as Buddy Holly and will be returning to the production in Blackpool in October.
"So, as you can see, fighting cancer and playing rock'n'roll seem to be running in parallel with me at the moment. But my real 'rock' is my wife Anna. She made the first medical appointment for me and has nursed me through the really bad times. I would also urge men to go and get a test from your doctor if you find you're peeing a lot. I did, and it saved my life."
After 15 years, Planet Jive has called it a day. Our news pages and gig guide have served the rockin' scene since January 2000, but now the curtain is coming down.
Chief scribbler Ted Duggan explained: "I'm moving to Portugal later in the year and our 15th anniversary seems like a good time to quit while we're ahead. We've covered the scene with all its ups and downs... bands forming and splitting, clubs opening and closing. Laughs, tears, tragedies, fun and feuds. People are increasingly getting their news from social media and smartphone apps, so we feel we've gone as far as we can go as a traditional website.
"We'd like to say a huge thank you to the hundreds, possibly thousands of lovely people - musicians, promoters, jivers and r'n'r fans - who've helped out with listings info, news items, muso ads, readers chart votes, and sent us comments, compliments and criticisms. We couldn't have done it without you. Bands, clubs and websites may come and go, but rock'n'roll lives on."
Although our news and listings are ending, the links page, readers' chart and readers' jives will stay in place for now.
On other news pages, we've dusted down a few of our more memorable stories, features and interviews.
Pagan Gould is to release his debut album.
My Kinda Rockin' and will be out on January 2nd, with a launch party on the same evening at Spalding Ex-Servicemens Club in Lincolnshire.
On the bill will be Pagan performing solo, Pagan with his band The Blue Diamond Trio and also fronting his new Southern-based trio, Crash Vegas.
The album, however, is credited to Pagan Gould & The Nitro Men. Pagan explained: "I have been working on this with my very good mate John O'Malley of The Nitros fame and Mark Keeley's Good Rocking Tonight. It is an album I am very proud of with a very 80s neo feel and a mix of rockin', jive and even a slowy. There are 14 songs in all, including three self-penned.
"The covers I have chosen are the kind of songs that got me into the scene in the first place, with sleeve notes written for me by Bob Cotton of The Jets. I am really looking forward to 2016 with lots of new things happening."
Priced at £10, the CD will be on sale at Pagan's gigs and also available from various record stalls and websites. For more info, call 07805 629882.
Crazy Cavan played a session for Jools Holland's Radio 2 show.
Listeners were treated to My Baby's Been Cheatin' Again and Little Miss Misguided - two tracks from Cavan's new album, The Real Deal.
Cavan only recently discovered that Jools had been a Rhythm Rockers fan since his teens, after seeing the band play in a London pub.
In 1970, when the band was founded and before the completion of the M4, it took them five hours to get to the capital in their aging Bedford van.
Ibstock R'n'R Club in Leicestershire has been rescued from closure.
Musician Andy Horrobin has stepped in to keep the club going following the retirement of Rambler John who ran it for a number of years.
"I hope I can keep this great place open and on the rock'n'roll map," said Andy, who is bringing the Hot Rockin' Trio to Ibstock Working Men's Club on November 27th, with himself both playing bass and DJ-ing.
"It's got a big nice dance floor, huge stage, plenty of room and very friendly people. It would be such a shame to see one of the best venues in Leicestershire close. The door entry used to be £8. I am not running it to make money. I just want it to stay open and keep rockin'. So the door entry for as long as I can keep it, will be just £5. I'm hoping that the rockin' people will appreciate this and help in keeping this great place open."
In 2016 gigs will be on the last Saturday of the month. More info from Andy on 07964 077832.
Rock'n'roll gigs at Pill Memorial Hall in Bristol have ended after 12 years.
The final night, featuring Rockola, was on December 11th. The club's Ivor Bennett explained: "We are moving away from Pill because around 18 months ago the room was changed to support darts. This has meant fewer seats and a very low stage and we now feel it's time to move on. We are starting at Bedminster Down on January 8th."
The curse of Friday 13th has struck the Jive Aces, with visa problems forcing the band to cancel a high profile gig in Los Angeles.
Despite applying early for work permits, the band were still without their documents on the day they were due to travel from London.
The November 13th gig at the Cicada Club, LA's premier swing dance venue, was eagerly awaited in Southern California, where the British band have a loyal following after several sell-out tours. Instead, they were replaced by the Jennifer Keith Quintet.
Front man Ian Clarkson said: "Words cannot express how sad we are to have to miss our LA show at the Cicada Club. Despite applying for visas even earlier than usual, we still haven't received them. This means legally we cannot arrive in the US in time for the show. We were so looking forward to seeing all our friends (not to mention the warm weather). It is one of our favourite shows and some of our favourite people.
"I guess this time Friday the 13th really is unlucky. We hope you forgive us for not being American, we intend to return as soon as we can."
Ian added: "I would definitely advise any British bands aiming to perform in the US to apply for visas early, due to the huge backlog the US immigration has. Especially if they need them for Viva Las Vegas, I'd start the process now! Plus security is tougher now."
Songwriter, producer and New Orleans r'n'b performer Allen Toussaint has died just days before a rare gig in London.
The 77-year-old suffered a heart attack after a show in Madrid on November 9th. He was due to play London's Barbican Centre on the 15th.
Born in New Orleans in January 1938, he started his musical career as an apprentice to composer, bandleader and producer Dave Bartholomew. Toussaint then came into his own as a session musician, before becoming a songwriter and producer.
He wrote Mother In Law, a 1961 US number one for Ernie K-Doe. But the song nearly never made it onto vinyl. After several unsuccessful takes, Toussaint screwed up the score and stormed out of the studio.
One of the backing singers, Willie Hopper, thought it was such a good song that he convinced Ernie K-Doe to give it one more try.
He has found it difficult to get to the band's London gigs since moving to East Kent 10 years ago.
"To be honest, I'm surprised it took him this long," said Kit (pictured). "But our parting is 100 per cent amicable, and he's made it clear he'll be happy to return for the occasional dep job with us." Replacing Perry will be Nick Tomalin.
One Jump Ahead's guitarist of 12 years, Steve Knight, is to reduce his workload with the band after developing a long-term problem with his inner ear, which causes him problems driving long distances, especially at night. He will share his role with John O'Reilly, who has depped regularly.
Members of new West Yorkshire-based rockin' trio, the Rockabilly Rebels, have nearly 100 years of experience between them.
In the band are double bass player David Roberts, John on guitar and vocals, and Steve on drums and vocals.
David said: "We have all been playing for many years and have now formed the Rockabilly Rebels, based near Leeds and playing authentic 1950s rock'n'roll with a rockabilly mood."
The band can be contacted on 01977 520101, 07949 361273 and 07930 996254 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Despite their relative youth, they boast a staggering 38 years as professional musicians - gathered since 2008 while playing together with their dad Nigel in their sister band, This Little Girl and The Dillicats.
The Suffolk duo beat dancers from all over the country who came through regional heats to compete at the Northamptonshire weekender on May 3rd. Their win came just weeks after they took top honours in a similar competition at the Shake Rattle & Roll weekender in Great Yarmouth.
A video of the couple in action at Atomic has had more than 23,000 views on
Facebook within a few days.
Colin Tenn from
Brighton Jive, who shot the video, said: "This is amazing and it's briliant that dancers on the jive scene can receive this recognition and are able to show their talents to a wider audience."
Miss Annie & The Midnight Shift played their debut gig with a seven-piece line-up on March 13th in Christchurch, Dorset.
"It's been a long time in the making," Annie told Planet Jive.
"Our line-up consists of Nick Smith on tenor sax, Martin Chilvers on baritone sax, Geoff Westgate on guitar, Dave Brown on piano, Pete Mundy on drums and me on vocals!
Glos-Jive-45 relaunched at Wotton Hall Club in Gloucester on February 21st with a gig by The Heartbeats... only to find that the music would be cut off if sound levels exceeded 88 decibels.
But club boss Martin Reeves said the evening went without a hitch.
"The venue's limits on sound output were an initial concern, but everything worked out well. The limit is set at 88Dbs because of a nearby resident complaining to the Environmental Health. As a result, the club have to comply with the
restrictions. The volume is loud enough to party to, whilst quiet enough to have some sort of chat. We found it acceptable."
Organisations to benefit include Derian House Childrens Hospice, Grace's Place Childrens Hospice, Cancer Research UK and Bury Cancer Support Centre.
A gig on February 27th raised a further £352 for the Bury Cancer Support Centre where the wife of club boss Colin Waddilove is a patient.
He told Planet Jive: "Barbara has been having cancer treatment for the last 12 months and is now going to the Bury Cancer Support Centre. The centre
offers professional consultations, various therapies, relaxation classes, hypnotherapy, a cafe and the chance to socialise with other people in similar circumstances."
Rockaround has record hops every Tuesday at St Mary's Social Club, Pine Street, Radcliffe M26 2WQ. Admission £2. More info from Colin on 07845 560025.
Guitarist Colin Smith and wife Debra share lead vocals. Jo and Simon Neale play sax and double bass. Completing the line-up are Jamie Morris on keyboards and Jez Smart on lead guitar.
The final gig was at the city's Queens Hall on Sunday 15th February - exactly 30 years and one day since Hamish McGregor's band launched their distinctive brand of swing and jump jive arrangements.
Proceeds are going to Maggie's Centres - a network of drop-in centres for anyone who has been affected by cancer.
The star, who is now 87, visited Julie's South London club in January 2013. She said:
"Big Jay McNeely is the pioneer of the honking, screeching saxaphone sound identified with the rock'n'roll sound of the 1950s.
He is one of the very few original rock'n'roll pioneers not recognised in the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame.
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