I first met Neil around 1965 when I was rehearsing with my first group The Icebergs, upstairs in the Commercial pub in Cleckheaton. He’d heard us playing and came up to listen, giving us tips and advice.
Before playing with Heinz and The Wild Boys Neil played with Jamie Lee and The Atlantics, a local group from the Spen Valley which featured on lead guitar Bill Clark* who like Neil was also from Heckmondwyke. Bill had a great career in music playing with Sammy King and George Hamilton the 4th and then running his own very successful recording studios in Heckmondwyke called Box studios.Jump forward to the 70s and I played in two bands with Neil, The Green Tambourine being one and the other was in a house band in a pub residency in Leeds.
Neil was a great drummer, still a good friend and more importantly a really nice guy.
Please visit Neil Newsome’s Music Memorabilia page. I hope you all enjoy his story as much as I did.
Martin Kershaw played on Grahams Layden‘s early recordings, I knew him from the Del Rio 4 when drummer Mally Crossland played with him, I used to see their van outside Mally’s house and always talked to them, Mally lived next door but one, I was about 14 then, big heroes to me then. When I used to go down to London to see Graham from 69 onwards I met Martin again, he’s a really nice unassuming guy, Martin has a book out called Strange but True it’s really good, all about his career as a musician. He played on over 40 number ones and when Andy Williams came over he was his guitarist for European tours. His dad Eric Kershaw became the top man at Leeds music colleague, great jazz and banjo etc player who wrote a fantastic chord book.
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