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 April 28 1978
DAVID BOWIE
Spectrum, Philadelphia

I got an assignment to photograph Bowie for the front page of Melody Maker, preceding the "Station to Station" British tour.
We, a Melody Maker journalist, an RCA press officer and me, flew from London to Philadelphia to get the story.
We were told that Bowie preferred not to be photographed performing. I tried, in vain, to meet with him to discuss the situation.
I will not miss a picture, I was paid to be there, so I smuggled my Nikon into the show by stuffing some parts into my cowboy boots and jeans and gave the rest of the camera bits to my compadres. I got the photograph and it was published on the front page.
I love David’s energy in this picture. The show was fabulous. He was fabulous.


SETLIST
1. Warszawa
2. Heroes
3. What in the World
4. The Jean Jeanie
5. Blackout
6. Sense of Doubt
7. Sound and Vision
8. Breaking Glass
9. Fame

10. Five Years
11. Soul Love
12. Star
13. Hang On to Yourself
14. Ziggy Stardust
15. Suffragette City
16. Rock ’n’ Roll Suicide
17. Art Decade
18. Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar)
19. Station to Station

Encore:
20. Stay
21. TVC15
22. Rebel Rebel

I think the picture is the last verse of FAME.
He didn't move much except for this kick at the end of set one, then it was Ziggy and we were in Starman heaven.
LISTEN to the concert on YouTube
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GLEN CAMPBELL
June 1978
NBC TV special, THE
GLEN CAMPBELL SHOW, co-starring Brenda Lee at the Grand Ole Opry , Nashville
Bill Walker
was the musical director


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Lust For Life tour - Holland - September 1977
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I was his tour photographer for about a month.


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1977
GREGG ALLMAN
Old Grey Whistle Test - BBC TV Centre
This was during rehearsal of LOVE ME with Cher


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APRIL 1974
KEITH EMERSON
I did a session with Keith, he wanted to make a good picture, so I hopped on the back of his Norton (improperly dressed)
and we zoomed around London to take a series of photographs.
I loved Emerson, Lake and Palmer. I
photographed their Pictures At An Exhibition concert.
Keith Emerson died March 11 2016.

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GREG LAKE 1973
(Emerson, Lake and Palmer ) at Manticore Records, London - March 1973
He died December 7 2016.

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THIN LIZZY - August 1974
Reading Festival, England
PHIL LYNOTT died at 36 years old on January 4th, 1986.


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Bob Marley and The Wailers - 1973
Concrete Jungle


Old Grey Whistle Test, BBC TV - Lime Grove, London - May 1st 1973

video of performance
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RORY GALLAGHER FEB 13th 1973
Old Grey Whistle Test - BBC Pres. B, London

I met Rory when I was the OGWT photographer, he recorded two songs HANDS OFF + WALK ON HOT COALS.
An absolutely lovely man and he rocked.
Rory invited me to his gig at the Hammersmith Odeon, later that week, where I stood on the stage taking pictures. Best seat in the house!


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RORY GALLAGHER FEB 1973
Hammersmith Odeon, London

Rory invited me to this concert and let me stand on the stage.
One of my favorite guitar players and a lovely man too. I have several Rory Gallagher albums that I play often,
but mostly I remember his generosity of spirit and open friendliness. He rocked.


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RY COODER - 1973
Have you seen that Vigilante Man?


Old Grey Whistle Test, BBC TV - Lime Grove, London - March 1973


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BLACK SABBATH - 'PARANOID' - Alexandra Palace, London - August 2nd 1973
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VAN MORRISON  1973

Van Morrisson came into the Whistle Test studio to promote his concert at The Rainbow Theatre
to be broadcast by BBC 2 as part of The Old Grey Whistle Test.
He did not speak!
I like this picture because he and I bonded for a moment.
The Rainbow show was excellent, airing simultaneously on stereo FM radio and on mono TV.
Van Morrison is a true original.


L-R: Mike Appelton: producer/ David Hayes: bass / VAN MORRISON / John Platania: guitar / Bob Harris: presenter.
Old Grey Whistle Test, BBC TV - Lime Grove, London - July 1973

Here is a clip of 'Moondance' from the show

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DECEMBER 22 1972
MARC BOLAN T Rex


The Sundown - London
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STEPPENWOLF  JULY 2 1972

STEPPENWOLF posing outside the Royal Albert Hall, London - Thursday, July 2nd, 1970
They were sharing the bill
with Colosseum. My photograph shows a part of my grandmother's flat, Albert Court.
I would go to some amazing concerts at The Albert Hall, then decompress next door in her lovely flat.


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CHARLES MINGUS  JUNE 1972

I was the guest of the Canadian government on a music press event, The Maple Music Junket, organised by Ritchie Yorke
(who worked with Lennon's Peace campaign and the Plastic Ono Band Concert). I and a plane-full of journalists were flown to Montréal for a four day festival, which included Toronto.
On my first night in Montreal I met a girl who after several drinks gave me a joint, I was 21 with long hair and beard dressed in tight jeans, boots, a green running singlet and a Nikkormat!
She took me to a late night jazz club where the stage was surrounded by a bar, so we sat on bar stools as the band took to the stage and I made this picture.
CHARLES MINGUS rocked my world, I was flying high on life and stuff that was being poured and smoked in that Montréal late night club,
but the music still resounds in my mind. I think I met him again in London at Ronnie Scott’s and made some photographs.
(“Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus” is one of my favourite jazz albums.)

The Canadian trip inspired me to move to this continent and my friend Ritchie Yorke was instrumental in organising my immigration to Canada.
I changed my mind and decided on America, moving to Nashville, May 1978.


Esquire Club - Montreal
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ROY ORBISON  June 1972


Luton, England
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ELTON JOHN - 1972
BBC TV - Top Of The Pops
My picture of Elton, dressed as a cat was used in the Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - 40th Anniversary Edition, 2014 expanded book
for, Honky Cat (Live at Hammersmith). There may be another of mine too of Elton wearing feathers.


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LINDA RONSTADT  November 1 1976
New Victoria Theatre, London


I took this picture during the taping of The Old Grey Whistle Test. I was the resident, indie photographer for 103 shows
Linda was staring at me during the concert, I was 25 and she rather pretty.
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Heart Like a Wheel released two years before in November 1974, (an album we heard a lot) was produced by Peter Asher,
who had rehearsed in my Uncle Dick's house, as Peter and Gordon.
Here's some footage of WILLIN'
from the show.


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LONDON 1977
posing in my London studio for Everyone's A Winner (1977 MCA Records)


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PAICE, ASHTON, LORD (PAL) 1977
BBC TV - Sight and Sound

Shepherds Bush, London - March 10th 1977
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ELTON JOHN
Shaw Theatre, London - Feb 27th 1972


It was a Sunday concert at the Shaw Theatre in London to benefit of the National Youth Theatre.
It was a great show, even though earlier in his dressing room, Elton was bemoaning the UK audiences to be less dramatic than the American.
I had a terrible migraine that day (which I no longer get due to improved diet) and stood on stage behind Nigel Olsen's drums for the whole show. Well that surpassed my headache. What a fabulous drummer.
My photographs are from the sound-check rehearsal in the afternoon. One of them became a teen pop poster.
Elton, who lived in Pinner, Middlesex was a local chap. My family also lived in the area. My mother said she often would chat with Elton's mother (as mother's do!).
Elton John is always a gentleman and supreme showman. I have many memories of shows from the early days when he had some Liberace

type candles on the piano and a picture of the Queen.
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FREE September 1970

Andy Fraser (bass) who co-wrote All Right Now died March 16th 2015, he was 62.
Here they are on BBC TV’s “Top Of The Pops”, the bass line rocks!
+ FREE rocking a live set on Granada TV (UK), July 1970


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DIANA ROSS  July 1970
Manchester Square, London
I photographed Diana Ross during a record company press photo call at EMI in Manchester Square.
One of my first 45 singles was "Baby Love". She was one the most beautiful women this nineteen year old had ever met.
The other photographers were taking gimmicky pictures, so I asked her to pose for me.

Several years ago I sent Diana a signed print. I still really like this photograph, hope she does.


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TEX RITTER 1970

After photographing Tex Ritter, Wanda Jackson, Don Williams, The Oak Ridge Boys and a host of other Country artists in London,
I was assigned a magazine feature in Nashville during CMA Week (1977) by Tony Byworth (Country Music People),
six months later I moved here and found myself shooting hundreds of sessions, press features and album covers.
The Country Music Association (CMA) was hospitable and gave me full access to the CMA Awards, other shows and artists.
Dorothy Ritter (Tex’s widow) and Goodwill Ambassador for Tennessee was hospitable to me and to my family.
My mother and sister got to sit on the Opry stage clutching their melting GooGoos and meet Country performers and stars.


I took this picture outside EMI Records, Manchester Square, London. It was part of the Capitol “Country Music Caravan” tour,
that included: Buck Owens, Billie Jo Spears and The Hagers.

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GLEN CAMPBELL 1970


London

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