Paul Williams 1940-2019
One more Roller gone.
Again fate helps me to remember the truly pleasurable friendship I shared with the talented, funny, on-the-edge but charming with it … Paul Williams.
From the moment we met in ’63 when we both played in the Wes Minster Five right up until only two weeks before his ‘leaving’ I never stopped laughing in his presence.
My kindest thoughts go to Diane, Sam and Ashton of course. Wonderful voice, good bass player, excellent fake piano-player with a remarkable ear for harmony and absurd humour. An enormous loss to music and friends.
Rest in peace Squiblett … your memory will stay with me forever.
3Bs? The Broadstairs Blues Bash of course! Get your tickets now as they are selling fast now Zoot is on the cover of W3Gigs. Click for more.
W3 on 3Bs – roll up!
In other news – Happy New Year Rollers! Let the Big Times just keep on rolling.
Here’s what we know so far – with just three days to go, confirmed performers for Monday’s benefit gig featuring Zoot and the Big Roll Band – Al Kirtley, Papa George, Paul Cox and Bob Simmons – will now be joined by Alan Price, who will perform a very special solo set from the piano.
Below is the press release that’s already been sent out by organisers.
PRESS RELEASE – Paul McCallum benefit: tickets will be available on the night
Organisers of the benefit concert for musician and loudspeaker manufacturer Paul McCallum have announced that any unsold tickets will be available on the night.
The event, which features Zoot Money’s Big Roll Band and Guests, takes place at O2 Academy 2, Islington on October 29th. Interest has been steadily building, both among PLASA members and other friends in the sound reinforcement industry, since it was announced.
Popular bass player (and original member of the Wombles) Paul McCallum was not only the brains behind PLASA member company, Wembley Loudspeaker, but has played with many stars over the years, including Billy Fury and Helen Shapiro. However, he is now suffering from an advanced form of Multiple System Atrophy and is confined to a hospice. The money raised will help meet Paul’s medical bills.
Meanwhile, tickets (priced at £20 each) are still available in advance via Eventbrite from the following link:
Remember he’s a Womble
Remember he’s a Womble
Counting down with just ten days to go till the star studded benefit gig at the O2 Academy Islington on October 29th for former Big Roll Band bassist Paul McCallum, who is sadly in hospice care since his medical condition has worsened.
The popular bass player, diagnosed with an advanced form of Multiple System Atrophy some years ago, was not only the brains behind PLASA member company, Wembley Loudspeaker, but also bass player with Zoot Money’s Big Roll Band and a host of other major names, including Helen Shapiro and Billy Fury. Paul is affectionately known as ‘The Womble’ from his days as Uncle Bulgaria in Mike Batt’s original Wombles.
In addition to playing their own set Zoot and the boys will provide the rhythm section for guest musicians who will appear on the night.
All proceeds from the event will go towards funding Paul’s medical expenses.
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Fame at last! This week Zoot was the answer to a question on Ken Bruce’s Pop Master quiz on BBC Radio 2. But what was the question??
In other radio news, there’s a full 90-minute interview with radio host Philip Silverstone on Tune In Radio, including a cracking selection of tunes. Download the free TuneIn Radio app for phones and tablets and search: Phillip Silverstone or visit online http://bit.ly/1gY2Ht4
Eagle-eyed Rollers might have noticed the comings and goings on our gigs page of a night at Chelmsford City Football Club. Following a series of adjustments it can now be confirmed this will take place on SATURDAY THE TWENTY-EIGHTH OF JULY. Any other date you have in your diary for this is WRONG. Come on July 28th however and we will all be there at the same time, which I’m sure you will agree is the better way.
Get booking early to avoid disappointment (click on the flyer for ticket link) and see you there!
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Out now on Repertoire Records #REP 5343
1966 AND ALL THAT: THE 90 TRACK BOX SET YOU’VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR!
OUT YESTERDAY, JANUARY 26. DON’T DELAY, GET YOURS TODAY!!
- Now this is the one to own!
- Limited edition 2000 copies, signed by Zoot Money
- The one you should add to your collection
- Book-sized CD package. 54 page book including photos sourced from the legendary Jeremy Spencer archive.
- Essay written by Chris Welch with foreword by Zoot Money and Andy Summers
- All tracks remastered by Jon Astley and Eroc
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The gig list is now up on the Gigs Page. An appearance at the groovy Claygate Music Festival plus a frankly magnificent selection of Bulls. It’s no wonder Big Rollers in the know are feeling Bullish! And this is just the start. Check back frequently for updates and stay in touch with Zoot on Facebook.
Happy New Year, Big Rollers!!
Zoot was recently interviewed for Isle Of Wight Radio, where he talked to interviewer John Hannam about his long career in music, his spell as a television actor, his friendship with Jimi Hendrix and his new 90 track four CD box set, called Big Time Operator. Zoot is on top form with some great stories; you can watch the whole thing here:
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