Formed in 1969, Black Widow were primarily renowned for their use of satanic and occult imagery, opening their spot with a banned track “Come to the Sabbat” at six o’clock on the Thursday evening. Despite taming their act down in anticipation of success, their future plans with CBS were put on hold whilst the record company concentrated on promoting Simon and Garfunkle’s new track, “Bridge over Troubled Water”. Later, a trip to the States resulted in their road crew absconding to join the Black Sabbath troop. Romeo Challenger, who was born 19th May 1950 in Antigua, later achieved fame with pop band Showaddywaddy.
Pete Townshend, seen here on guitar for The Who at the Isle of Wight Music Festival 1970, is a talented self-taught musician who also plays keyboards, banjo, accordion,harmonica, ukulele, mandolin, violin, synthesiser, bass guitar, and drums – as well as being the main songwriter!
22nd April 2018 sadly marks the 5th anniversary of the passing of Richie Havens.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Richie commenced bringing his intensely rythmic style of guitar playing to the public in 1965 and really sprang to fame following his opening performance at the Woodstock Festival in 1969.
This had a huge personal impact on Richie and at his own request his ashes were scattered at the Woodstock site after his death at home from a heart attack following earlier kidney surgery.
John Weider, playing bass guitar, is seen in the background wearing the yellow vest.
John, who was born in Shepherd’s Bush, London also plays guitar and violin and has featured with several bands as well as Family – amongst them are Eric Burdon and the Animals; and Johnny Kidd and the Pirates.
12th April 2018 marks what would have been the 86th birthday of Tiny Tim.
He was born Herbert Buckingham Khaury in Manhattan, New York, and was famed as a singer and ukelele player with some of his best known hits being covers of “Tiptoe Through The Tulips” and “Livin’ in the Sunlight, Lovin’ in the Moonlight” performed in his trademark falsetto/vibrato voice.
Tiny Tim sadly passed away due to complications from diabetes on 30th November 1996.