Hi Spikestevens, thanks for the that. Have you read the Vic Flick book Guitarman. . Its a good read, especially about his time playing with John Barry. Its also a great insight as to how session guitarists were treated. regards tony
Hi Tony, I find the 60's and 70's session musicians really fascinating and read that Vic Flick got about £9 for the most well known guitar riff of all tome in the James Bond theme. The Royalties must have been enormous, poor old Vic. Another topical thing was re the recent film 'Telstar' about Joe Meek, in the first part it's got John Leyton recording 'Johnny Remember Me' which was his landmark hit with the original Outlaws backing him and quite a strong portrayal of Clem Cattini on drums on the the original record and who went on to play drums on over 40 No 1 Hits during those years. I had occasion to contact Clem Cattini re this and he confirmed it was Bobby Graham ( another prolific session drummer of those years) and not him as the film shows but he also told me he did play on 'Wild Wind' Leytons follow up track and the Telstar hit which was the first instrumental hit to go to No1 in the American charts. Ows that for a lot of useless info but fascinating to me. I will look out for the Vic book. Tony
Hi Tony, youre not far out. Vic Flick got Seven Pound Ten Shillings, Monty Norman who composed the Bond Theme made many Hundreds of Thousands of Pounds. John Barry made Millions. The book also reveals how EMI wanted to make Vic Flick their answer to Duane Eddy but John Barry told them that they couldnt as he was under contract to him. Vic Flick said that he was never under contract to John Barry. There seemed to be a lot of under currents running in the JB7, as there was with a lot of other bands even the Shadows if you read their book. I read or heard someone say, that before you go on stage you put on your false face. I wouldnt be a great one for reading but when i started to read this book, i couldnt put it down. Its a great book to read as is the Shadows and Eric Clapton book. Regards Tony. ps Im reading this back and you would think im trying to promote the book. Sorry Spikesteven for going of your topic a bit.
Hi Spikestevens, Thanks for the link its a very good quality file and have downloaded when I first saw it but the rest of the thread did divert me somewhat afterwards in conveying my thanks, I'm sorry about that it's these senior moments I keep having. I seem to be able to recall certain events in my life from years ago but can't remember where I left my reading glasses two minutes ago. Sorry for the lapse.
To Tony, Thanks for that info it is very interesting and I will check out the book too.
I was fascinated by both yours and Tony's (Telstars) posts as I'm interested in this sort of thing. I love all 60's music and anyone who knows a bit about the subject gets my undivided attention.
I know Clem Cattini played on loads of hits and it was great reading your (yngwie142810) post about this great man and his achievements. And the bit about Vic Flick with John Barry made for excellent reading, too.
As I say, 60's music is a passion of mine and it's a subject that I can never get bored of talking (or reading) about.
So no apologies needed, chaps. Any and all information about my favourite subject will be greedily devoured by me!
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