Dee Dee Wilde interview May 2011
(photo courtesy of Dee Dee Wilde website)
Pan's People - Dee Dee second
Wilde is known to most of us of a certain age as a member of the
iconic dance group Pan's People. Dee Dee,
Babs Lord, Flick Colby, Ruth Pearson, Louise Clark and Cherry Gillespie
decorated and animated our TV screens weekly on Top Of The Pops
with their 'topical' dance routines.
attended the Elmhurst Ballet
School between 1956-1963, training as a classical dancer. In 1966,
Dee Dee co-founded the dance group, Pan's People before moving on
to choreography, which included 'The Benny Hill Show'. In
1975, she co-founded the famous Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy
Charity for autistic and handicapped children. Dee Dee
co-produced two West End shows, 'The Mad Show' and 'Le Cirque
Imaginaire', the latter being created by Jean Baptiste Thierree
and Victoria Chaplin, daughter of Charlie Chaplin. She also took
centre stage in 'Das Rheingold' as 'Erda', a role especially
devised for her by Richard Jones, Director of Wagner's 'The Ring
Circle'. Dee Dee set a precedent, becoming the first person ever
to dance the role rather than sing it.
In 1981, Dee Dee
founded 'The Dance Attic', a dance and rehearsal
establishment which has played host to some of the biggest names
in pop and show business, including Mick Jagger, Andrew Lloyd
Webber, Robbie Williams, The Spice Girls, Vanessa Mae, Sir Anthony
Hopkins, Martin Sheen, Sylvie Guillem, Boyzone, Take That,
East 17, Right Said Fred, Westlife and the Sugarbabes. The
facility and its services have also been used for television and
theatre, including Stars in their Eyes, River Dance, Starlight
Express, Cirque de Soleil, Phantom of the Opera and Les
Dee Dee's song, which she co-wrote with Anthony Clark, 'Why Can't
We Stop the Bleeding?' came second in the International Song
In between her other commitments, Dee Dee still likes to work on
her first passion, writing. She is also involved in WM
Productions, a video production company she co-runs with her
partner, Henry Marsh of the band Sailor.
More recently, Dee Dee
has been undertaking talks and presentations about her life as a
dancer, being in Pan's People and encouraging people that 'It's
Never Too Late To Dance!'
This is the interview that Dee Dee
kindly gave to www.retrosellers.com
Digger: Hello Dee Dee, it's Digger. How are you?
thank you David.
Digger: Good. I was speaking to Steve
Priest from Sweet a while ago and he sends his regards. And also Bob
from the Stones tribute The Railing Stains.
wonderful. Ah! My partner Henry is in Sailor and we are always
running into all his mates from those various bands. Actually, funnily
enough we're getting married this year so he's going to make an
honest woman of me. We've been together almost ten years.
Sailor - Henry with
Digger: Why have you decided to tie
don't know. It makes it all legal and I'm so fed up with saying
"Henry Marsh my partner."
Digger: Yes, it can be confusing,
I'm Wilde and he's Marsh and as you get older it just seems easier.
Digger: People get confused with the
partner thing and wonder if it means business or personal.
Henry and I have been together long enough to know that we're
committed to each other and it just seems the natural thing to do.
Also, we were keeping it terribly secret, because we didn't want an
awful lot of people to know because we wanted a very small wedding.
Then The Mail rang up and said "you're getting
married." Somebody told them and rang Babs. They asked her for a
quote about me getting married and she said "I don't know anything
about it." (Digger laughs).
Digger: Was that true?
true. I hadn't told any of the girls. They weren't terribly happy about
that but what can you do? They probably thought "Why hasn't Dee Dee
told me?" But I hadn't told anyone at that point. It's very
low-key so that's why we kept it quiet.
Digger: Well I won't mention it
either! (Both laugh) When did you know that
you had the 'dancing bug' and did you receive any encouragement from
teachers or the people around you?
wanted to be a dancer all my life. I remember when I was a
little two-year-old running around the house and saying I was going
to be a ballerina. So I've always had that dream. My father was a
ballroom dancer, funnily enough, a long time before he entered The
Royal Navy. Like Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly - very much that sort
of thing and he had two partners called Ruby and Cherry Stone. They
used to dance at the Cafe Royale. Then he went on to be an officer
in The Royal Navy and that was the end of that. In fact, he always
used to say to me "Darling, you've got two left feet."
Gene Kelly and Fred
Digger: That's a shame!
I was always
trying to lead.
Digger: But you inherited the dancing
and I don't ever remember wanting to do anything else than become a dancer.
Digger: What would you have done if
you hadn't been a dancer?
this weird pre-conceived idea that if I became a WREN, which was one
of the ideas I had, I'd end up on a ship full of sailors and then I
found out that all the WRENs live in a 'Wrennery' on land and not at
sea. But in the end I bagged my sailor anyway!
Digger: These days, of course, you
would end up on a boat and probably in the front line.
Well that wouldn't bother me. I've always been an adventurer. My son
ended up doing that but I'll talk about that later. I think I would
have gone into The Royal Navy because I love the sea and all that
adventure. I don't know about being fearless, because one never
knows how one would react in a given situation, but I think I would
have volunteered and gone off and done things.
Digger: Some people just go into a
mental tunnel when they are in danger and just get on with it
without any concern for their own safety.
My father volunteered for everything
and he got the DFC and a few other medals. He was mentioned in
dispatches and my son did the same thing. So it runs in the genes.
Digger: At their height, Pan's People
were a massive phenomenon and probably the reason many people
(including me) turned on to Top Of The Pops (TOTP.) How did this attention effect you?
Well, the attention didn't
bother us really. It was wonderful. As dancers, our life wasn't easy
and we'd been working hard for several years. Babs Lord (now Powell)
and I, Flick Colby who came over to the UK from the USA and who had an enormous
pedigree training with the Joffe Ballet Company, one of the most
prestigious in the USA. And Ruth Pearson, who got a scholarship to the Rambert, Louise Clark who I was at Corona Stage school with and
Cherry Gillespie who was a classically-trained dancer. We
were all completely trained dancers in Panís People.
Digger: And it wasn't glamorous to
Not to begin with. It only
becomes glamorous when you actually get your recognition and these
days, not just dancers but singers like Girls Aloud, The Spice Girls and
so on make a lot of money. In our day, dancers never made a fortune
and so really and truly for us it was wonderful to have the recognition.
The uniqueness of Pan's
People was that we were a group of dancers who never changed. So,
like a pop group, people knew that I was Dee Dee, Babs was Babs, Ruth
was Ruth and Flick was Flick and that went on. We had the stardom of
the pop world and like the groups today. But the difference was that
they had a fortune but we never did. The fame and the recognition
was something that we appreciated because we were all struggling, hardworking,
out of work dancers and trying very hard to make it. In those
days, typically, you couldn't make it because you were just the icing
on the cake, just to make shows more glamorous - somebody in the
background. Dancers had no individual recognition.
Digger: It's changed a lot hasn't it?
Oh! I cannot tell you David.
I could go on forever. In every aspect. In those days, I have to be
honest, and say that if your parents were slightly well-heeled and so
you could train to become a dancer and go into ballet or, like me
because my parents lived in Africa, to a boarding school. Now not
many people could afford that and they were very expensive in those
days. Your parents had to have the income to do that and we were all
very lucky in that respect. Nowadays it's completely different and everybody
has a chance. It doesn't matter what background you come from or what
your parents earn. There are so many classes for people to learn to
dance and also the curriculum in schools has wonderful dance
situations. You can see that just by watching the TV.
Digger: It's very positive isn't it?
Yes. And in the media there's
so much more. In those days there was TOTP and that was
about it. TV is expanding beyond belief now - there's digital and
the next thing is HD. I'm not very technical though.
Digger: There'll be a dance channel soon.
Yes, I've always thought that
would be great to start a dancing channel.
Digger: I wonder what you would have made of modern technologies in the
God knows. It would have
helped us enormously, especially in our day when we were doing the
latest song from America. We would do this Outside Broadcast filming
and now with modern technology it would have been so much easier.
But we didn't have that. One didn't have the coverage that people in
the public eye have today. It's so much more exposure today. We had
our fair share but it wasn't to extent that you can't breathe or put
the bins out like today...
Digger: You even got a mention on
I know. It was Babs actually.
Digger: Yes, I meant as a group.
Digger: Fletcher is in his cell and
says to Godber: "Beautiful Babs. Can't
remember her name though." (Both laugh.) We do excel in a few
things here. Music, dance and comedy. We should celebrate it more as
well, shouldn't we?
Yes, I agree. Absolutely.
Digger: There should be more monuments
and statues to commemorate where famous people started and we should
celebrate more like the Americans do.
Yes, funnily enough about ten
years ago I did an article for The Mail because I used to live in
Digger: I used to live in Ormonde
Oh yes? I know it. And they did a
whole thing about Dee Dee Wilde living at 60 Sidney Street. They'd
changed it into a £2 million house and I had to look all around it.
I didn't recognise it at all. It didn't look like my house. But
yes, I suppose the wonderful thing was once we appeared on TOTP, up until the time we did we were doing TV abroad in Belgium
and Holland and then we got our break and the fame. The medium of TV
is the most powerful device for exposure.
Digger: Well, it was then. You were
probably getting 15 or 20 million people watching?
Between 17 and 21
Digger: Monster Mash and Get Down were two
of my Pan's People favourite interpretations! What were yours and
were there ever any hit songs that were impossible to choreograph?
Yes, my favourite would
have been Homely Girl by The Chilites.
Digger: I remember that one.
Smarty Pants by First
Choice. Rockin' Robin and anything by Stevie Wonder to be honest with
you. They were wonderful tunes to dance to. I think the most
difficult one we ever did was a routine Flick did for us for Shaft.
On the night when we did it, I'll be honest with you, I didn't have
a clue what I was doing (Laughs.) Dancers tend to do things to beats
in the bar so you use the count to work out what arm you're using
and what leg you're using. In this piece of music it was incredibly
difficult so none of us went on feeling comfortable that night. We
worked with Jethro Tull at the Rainbow and all his music was in
fives and sevens and nine beats and that was terribly difficult
trying to get through that too.
The Chilites and Stevie Wonder
Digger: We've got an interview with Ian on our site.
Have you? Lovely Ian.
Digger: He still wants to change the world.
Yes, at my ripe old age I
must admit I'd like to change what's going on in England. In the
sense that I think family values and the complete ethos of England
has completely gone down the drain.
Digger: Do you think that any older
generation feels that way?
I think Tony Blairís to blame. It doesnít matter whether
youíre Conservative, Labour or Liberal, our family values have gone
down the drain. Because also there is such a mixture of culture
which is not bad Ė I think thatís a good thing. But when youíre
trying to integrate different cultures, who are probably only
interested in their own culture and their own religion, then itís
very difficult to get a community going. I think this also applies
to us Brits who go and live abroad in Spain, France and Italy. When
you come to a country, you have to embrace the ethos and ethics
of that particular country. You can still keep your identity
and be Christian, Muslim or whatever but you have to encapsulate
around you what youíve come into. Otherwise, whatís the point of
going to a country? You need to integrate with everyone else and I
think that is the biggest problem with our country. We donít
integrate with each other. That is a terrible shame because our
values of sitting down together and having a Sunday lunch and being
a family has gone completely out of the window.
Everyoneís communicating with each other by mobile or Facebook
I think that is such a shame because we still are a great country
and a lot of the people whoíve immigrated to live here are very
proud to be part of the British Isles. I think we should reduce the
immigration entries and concentrate on the people who are here and
get everyone to try and merge together and become a mighty nation
again. It doesnít matter whether youíre pink, black, yellow,
green, brown Ė it doesnít matter and thatís not important.
Weíre all going to end up coffee colour anyway apparently.
Exactly. What does it matter? Now what weíre all Brits together
and we all have British passports letís be a really strong, proud
Britain and unite and get together.
Sounds good to me. Compared to your big speech just then this sounds
a bit trivialÖ. How hard was it to do a routine to a weekly
TV deadline based on the latest chart?
Very easy unless the song went down. We basically had three days to
do a new number. Now, bearing in mind Flick Colby had the same people
to work with every week Ė itís wasnít like The Tiller Girls or
The Black and White Minstrels and all those variety shows who had
girls and men who came and went. We were always the same ladies
working with the same choreographer. So after a while, it became like
second nature and we could almost work out before Flick did a
routine what those five beats or eight beats would be.
We were so in tune with each othe. So much so, in fact,
that Maurice Bejart, who was head of the ballet company in Belgium
and who saw us on TV, thought our precision was so brilliant that he
asked us over to Belgium to be guest artists at the Royal Opera
House there. One of the reasons why things occasionally went wrong
is that we had three days to do TOTP and then taped it on the
Wednesday and it went out on the Thursday. The problem is that the
charts used to come into the office at The BBC on a Tuesday morning
and if the number that we did had gone down we werenít allowed to
do it the next day. So Robin Nash, or whoever the director was at the
time, would float into the dance studio where we were rehearsing and
say ďSorry girls, stop what youíre doing. Youíre not going to
do that number, youíre going to do this one. Youíve got half a
day to do a new number.Ē Thatís when things used to go wrong.
Because, especially when it was a live show we would only have Tuesday
afternoon to re-hash and do another number. Sometimes it did happen
and we were only human David. Youíd go in and things would go
wrong occasionally. If you were on a live show then maybe they
spotted it and said Panís werenít very together. But in a lot of
instances it was very unfair because it was often being under-rehearsed
that made us go wrong.
What are your thoughts on the celebrity and reality TV culture
When we were famous and in the public eye, in the old days, you
needed to have a vocation. Something that you were very good at and
thatís why you were on television. It was either because you were
a singer or a dancer or you were an orator or very good at comedy.
Youíd served your apprenticeship.
Yes, so you were on there for a reason and with Panís we were on
there because we were good dancers and were very unique and
inventive and everybody thought we were fantastic. Nowadays, reality
TV means you donít have to be good at anything. You can get up and
scratch your arse and
somebody will film you and youíll be a star.
Didnít we get some of that in the old days with people like, for
example, Janice Nicholls from Thank Your Lucky Stars or Erica Roe
the streaker, for example?
Oh yes, that would be one or two instances but now thereís a complete
epidemic of reality shows. I must admit, and I donít want to be a
hypocrite, my favourite and the one I absolutely adore is Iím A
Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here. I just like the reality of seeing a
whole lot of human beings together enclosed in a situation which can
be very difficult. How they behave is very eye-opening. And I
just love Ant and Dec.
Ant and Dec
Yes, I do. They are both very talented and very funny. I donít
know how rehearsed what they do is and who writes it but it does
make the show. They are good blokes.
They are so together.
Theyíre very funny.
We had the chance to be on Saturday Night Out Ė they asked Panís
People and the girls didnít want to do it so I never got to do the
Saturday Night Out with Ant and Dec. Theyíre adorable and I think
Iíd like to put them on my mantelpiece. Incredibly talented and
they deserve what theyíve got. But reality TV I think, most of it,
is an absolute load of rubbish. I have been watching Masterchef
I was thinking of doing a parody of Masterchef where the contestants
end up being eighty year olds because it seems to drag on for so
(Laughs) I quite enjoy it but as a whole there is too much reality
TV and people become famous, for what? For being overweight or
Or for having something horrible with their body?
Yes. I think thatís prying too much into oneís life. We were
asked to do Ten Years Younger at one point and I absolutely, point
blank refused and didnít want to do that. Also, in the old days
the stars had a certain allure if you know what I mean?
Yes I do.
Yes, there was. A distance.
What they did or didnít do in their lives was something of a
closed book, but now you can almost follow them into a lavatory. One
day theyíre going to have reality TV in the loo.
It wonít take long, will it?
I think that is so wrong. And also I think it gives people a certain
idea of superiority.
It does actually.
I think Big Brother is the most ghastly programme on television and
donít ask me who was on it Ė Jade was at one point I think.
They make stars of people on that show. Well sorry, and maybe Iím
speaking out of turn, but I think itís complete rubbish. What have
they been made stars for? For being outrageous or licking
somebodyís toe or something. That to me is not appearing on
television. In our day it was a privilege to be on television.
And you knew that, of course.
And you knew that and you thought ďGosh, I work for The BBC.Ē
Now it doesnít matter and theyíll have people robbing banks and
doing all sorts of things.
Did you ever encounter much sexism in the entertainment business
on your own or as a troop and would you say things have changed much
for ladies since the sixties?
Yes, a lot of sexism. Especially with the universities.
Oh! It wouldnít happen these days would it?
They felt that we were being totally exploited and we felt that we
were exploiting everybody else. We didnít feel like that at all,
Panís. We loved the fact that the hot-blooded male population used
to watch us every Thursday.
Why not? We were young girls and interested in the opposite sex.
Itís no different from having people up on the big screen and
I donít know ONE girl, when we were on TOTP and the hottest thing
around in the country, who wouldnít have wanted to be us.
Itís daft and a bit like the cattle market protests they did for
I was there that night when Miss Grenada became Miss World and all
these feminists came rushing in and disrupted the show and they
pelted the audience with bombs. Thereís a picture of me on the
front of The Daily Mirror, with other people, with ink all down me. But
more fool them and how stupid. But itís become a womanís world
in lots of ways.
Yes, Iíve certainly seen a lot of changes in my lifetime.
I saw today that another captain in the army, a young girl, has been
Bomb disposal. Yes.
Thatís what itís come to this equality. Women go to the front
and they get killed. I think if we women really do want to be equal
then we should accept that we have to do a manís job. Iíve never
felt like that and I love being a woman and having womanly guiles
and the fact that a man will open the door for me. I feel totally
emancipated anyway Ė Iíve always been my own boss and Iíve
always worked for myself and built companies and done all kinds of
things since leaving Panís People so I have never felt exploited
once in my life and I adored being in Panís People.
The culture seems to have gone to extremes and everybody now thinks
that service is a bad thing.
They say thereís no class system now but there still is. The
class system is slowly being erased. Even though it has been erased in a
lot of situations, I think there will always be a hierarchy or a
class system because itís the same with communism. Everybody
wanting to be equal but get a pack of people together then
thereíll always be a leader. Somebody will stand out in the pack,
the calm one who gives orders and takes over.
I canít think of any other societies where they donít have a
class system of some kind. Japan, India, AmericaÖ
In the army thereís still a class system between the
officers and their men. But the respect they have for each other is
And any officer who doesnít have respect for his men isnít worth
his salt. The respect they have for the soldiers and the men have
for the good officers is incredible.
What do you think your biggest achievements have been and what
would you still like to accomplish?
Oh my goodness. My desire and dream to become a dancer and to
achieve recognition for what I did. I achieved a wonderful situation
by dancing the role of Erda At The Royal Opera House for
the Wagnerís Ring
Cycle and I was the only Erda in 150 years who actually danced the
role and didnít sing it. I founded the Nordoff Robbins Music
Therapy Charity, with twelve other men, and itís now the biggest
rock charity in the world. It has a lunch called The Silver Clef
when, every year, thereís an award for the most outstanding British
artist of the last decade. And that was my creation. We raise money
every year for autistic and handicapped children. So I have that
under my belt as well. I got married and produced two beautiful
children Ė Alex whoís 31 and Poppy whoís 26.
Have they inherited the artistic gene?
My son was an officer in The Welsh Guards and did a tour in Iraq and
volunteered for Afghanistan with The Grenadier Guards. He has now
left and is training to be an actor Ė heís doing a yearís
course to be an actor so heís following in my footsteps. My
daughter works on pop events and
that type of thing, so she's slightly in the business. They still
run my dance studios down in Fulham. When I got divorced everything
was handed to my husband and my children. And I left everything
behind, David, and came down to live in the west country. Since I came
here to Wiltshire I have a dance club called Dee Deeís Dance Club
and Iíve already done a DVD. What Iíd really like to do is to go
around the country doing talks about dancing.
That sounds like a great idea.
Iím slowly beginning to do that anyway and Iím getting the
audiences up on their feet. My premise has always been as I get
older that even though one is older doesnít mean to say youíre
finished and over the hill. Itís never too late to dance and get
up on your feet. Itís got a feel-good factor. Providing you keep
your mind and your body supple. Sixty is the new fifty and fifty the
new forty and so on. If you have a happy disposition thereís no
reason why you canít go on to your eighties or nineties. I had a
lady in my class today whoís 81 who prances around.
Iíd be struggling at 53.
I just love the things Iíd still like to achieve. Iíve always been
incredibly fond of writing. Iíve had a lot of problems with
writing my book and Iím not going to go into the details of why,
but I still want to finish my book and to write. My ambition is
still to write about my life as a dancer and I would one day like to
publish my childrenís stories. My brother Stewart is quite a
well-known new-age author and is one of the most prolific in the
world. My mum used to write, so it is in the family and something
that maybe when I get too old to dance I can carry on with that.
Itís difficult, because I think the girls feel that it would be
nice to have a book that we all do together, which is fine but itís
never happened. I feel because writing is in my blood, and Iíve
been writing for years, that I can write my own story.
Are they mutually exclusive, a solo book and a collaborative one?
I donít know.
Panís People are still very close, arenít they?
This is the problem you see David. We are very close and always have
been. Yes, weíve had disputes and arguments and sometimes we
havenít talked to each other for weeks. But at the end of the day
you canít spend ten years with six girls and not get to know them
really well. So you might get cross with so-and-so because she did
this or ďDee Dee Ė what on earth Is she doing?Ē But in
the end it comes back to the fact that we were in this group called
Panís People and there is a strong bond there. So itís very
difficult if one girl wants to do one thing and the others are not
absolutely keen because they want to do it all together. Because we
were a group there is a sense that we should do anything like that
as a group and not as individuals. Which is understandable, and I
know where theyíre coming from, but I felt that within me there is
a book there about my life and what Iíve done in my dancing life
and also my life in Panís Ė that was a big part. So I have 200
pages sitting on the shelf now.
Pan's People - Dee Dee middle
Pan's People - Dee Dee second from right
Pan's People - Dee Dee second from
Make sure youíve got a backup!
I do a lot of interviews and so does Babs, because sheís travelling
around the world doing all her stints and feats and my God I take my
hat off to her! When sheís climbing Kilamanjaro or climbing the
Great Wall Of China, I thank my little cotton socks that Iím sitting here
with a scone in my garden and my swing chair. As much as I love Babs
thereís no way I would do that. I am an adventurer but Iím not
keen on walking miles and miles or going to the north pole or things
Would you bungee jump?
I think I would but Iíve got very weak ankles. Iíve done a fire
walk across hot coals.
I suppose itís different what we will and won't do.
Thatís true. If somebody said to me ďWould you like to do a seventy
mile trek along the Great Wall Of China or walk up Everest.Ē Iíd
say no. But I love anything to do with the sea. Babs went around the
What did you think of the demise of TOTP?
At the time I thought it was a good thing. I think it had seen its
heyday and it had had it. By the time it stopped in 2006 I think it
was looking tired. Now that theyíre actually bringing it back this is fun but I wish they hadnít started in 1976. I think
they should have started much further back because the further back
you go the more authentic and wonderful it is Ė all those old
bands and a lot of the music was live. The sound was completely
different and you sang
live and played live. You just got on with it.
It was raw.
Yes raw. And the same with Panís, they could show some of those
lovely old numbers that we used to do. All the incredible Tamla Motown
and American ones.
There's a few of the really obvious ones on Youtube.
Yes, there are. And any time they use a picture of Panís they always
use the same one.
I suppose quite a few of the TOTPs were wiped as well?
Yes, they were. We girls have an awful lot of them but we donít
bandy them about. The reason we donít, David, is because there are
so many pirates out there and they make a fortune out of our stuff.
We and the BBC donít see a penny and I donít think thatís
fair. Even if one was given a small residual Ė Iím not greedy.
But why should these pirates make money out of what we did because
as dancers, David, we never got paid very much? £19 a week at the
beginning and £48 at the end.
My God! It wasnít a lot. The BBC were famous for being mean!
The only way we made our money was through personal appearances and
cabaret and so on. And Flick never
really got the recognition she deserved for being the first and
unique. And for her inventive choreography. Even now, thereís still
nobody who did things that Flick Colby did.
Maybe it might be recognised in time.
Dee Dee: She was very strong and gutsy.
More strong women, as if there havenít been throughout time.
And such a wit. And such a wry sense of humour. She lives out in upstate
New York now. We sometimes go visit which is nice.
Iím glad to hear that you girls are still very much in touch.
Yes, Ruthie came to stay the other day and weíre all doing this
thing for the Daily Mail which is a big spread on Panís because
now that TOTP has come out again thereís been an enormous resurgence
We are promoting the TOTP retrospective CD releases from EMI on our
site. 45 years I think.
We met some amazing people in our time Ė The Who, The Rolling
Stones, The Beatles and smaller groups who had their moment of fame
like Mud, Slade and 10cc.
Theyíre all on our site.
Good. Mott The Hoople, The Searchers, Dave Dee Dee Dozy Beaky Mick
and Tich Ė Dave became a really good friend of Henryís and mine.
Oh yes , it goes without saying, Sailor. Someone said the other day ďThey
were that quirky one hit wonder band.Ē And I said ďThatís not
true. They were a very different band and not like the
run-of-the-mill. They had three great hits and they were bigger in Germany
than The Beatles. They still play to enormous stadiums when they go
out there even though theyíre all talking about piles and cocoa
rather than rock and roll.Ē
I have those sorts of conversations too. Well, thanks Dee Dee for sharing your memories and thoughts with us.
No. Thank you David.
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