I stumbled upon your site by chance, and was intrigued to see myself
mentioned. What a joy it was to wander back down memory lane, remembering the
guys who underpinned the music scene in Folkestone back in the 60s.
have recently been through my late mother's scrap book, and have found countless
articles cut from the local paper, about bands that I played with, flyers for
gigs at the Leas Cliff Hall, and much more. I have copied some of these and will
send them as separate emails.
After Inhibitions Prologue and Square One
Folkestone and joined a band in Portsmouth called Mirrors. The drummer
Richard Manwaring and I became close friends, and Richard went on to do some great
things, including producing hit albums for Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark,
After Mirrors failed to get a record deal, I returned to Folkestone
and spent personal time writing songs. By then Richard was working at IBC Studios
in London, and we used some free studio time to make some demos of my songs. Gary
Swinard came up and played guitar on those early recordings, I wonder if he
remembers? That led to a record deal with EMI, and in 1974 my first single as
a solo artist, recorded at Abbey Road Studios, was released. After a second single
with EMI which, despite plenty of radio plays, failed to sell, I signed to MCA.
With MCA I made two singles under the name
J.Ryder, but neither of them did anything much.
I had been writing songs all
this time, and signed a music publishing deal with RAK Publishing, run by Dave
Most (Mickey Most's brother). After this I made a couple of singles with a band
called Freeway, which included my old friend Richard on drums. One was with MCA,
the other on Paladin.
throughout all of this I had had the good sense to keep the day job, and finally
abandoned making records, to concentrate on making a living by other means!
your site I was reminded about a number of things:
Dave Shackle: Dave was
an enormously talented drummer, and as a musician, was one of the strongest talents
I remember from those days.
Gary Swinard: I have already mentioned Gary.
He was always part of the music scene, a talented guitarist, and was a great help
to me when I needed support in getting my demos off the ground.
and Bob Dominy: These guys were in Square One and were good friends. They both
emigrated to Australia, either in the 60s or early 70s.
Square One: I played
bass in the band.
Inhibitions Prologue: I played keyboards in that band. Initially
using the old VOX Continental organ I had bought from Stuart Fennell, then later
with a Hamond M102. Funnily enough, riding another wave of nostalgia, I have just
bought a 1964 Hamond M102 and am re-living the experience! How many times did
we drop that organ down the stairs at Tofts at the end of a gig?!! Dave
was on drums initially, but when Dave left he was replaced by Ewait Pinch, with
Ian Milton on bass. Ian also had the van!
I hope this hasn't bored you to
sleep! I'll send some of the cuttings from the Herald, and other bits, which you
can either bin, or use on the site if
Great site - well done!
Regards Peter Dugdale