CameronLife at Handel and Hendrix London.

CameronLife are very proud to have been associated with the Handel and Hendrix London event – ‘musical celebration of Hendrix’s 1970 Isle of Wight Festival performance’. This was part of the museums ‘Friday Late’ series of live music held in Hendrix London flat.  We were able to contribute a number of Charles iconic photographs and our in-house produced video presentation to help bring the 1970 I.W Festival to Brook Street, London.

Romeo Challenger – Black Widow – just turned 68 – born 19th May 1950

Romeo Challenger - Black Widow drummer
Romeo Challenger – Black Widow

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 – The Who – just turned 73 – born 19th May 1945

The Who
The Who at East Afton 1970

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!

He was born 19th May 1945 in Chiswick, Middlesex.

 

Glenn Cornick – Jethro Tull – born 23rd April 1947; died 28th August 2014

Jethro Tull
Jethro Tull performing at Afton 1970 – Glenn Cornick can be seen at the back beyond the drum kit

This week would have seen the 71st birthday of Glenn Cornick, bassist with Jethro Tull from 1968 to 1970.

Born in the Lake District and brought up mostly in Blackpool, Glenn sadly passed away from congestive heart failure at his home in Hawaii.

Richie Havens – born 21st January 1941, died 22nd April 2013

Richie Havens
Richie Havens and the crowd preparing to welcome the sunrise

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 – Family – 71 this week – born 21st April 1947

Family
Family featuring John Weider (guitar)

Family on stage at Afton 1970.

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.

 

Tiny Tim – born 12th April 1932, died 30th November 1996

Tiny Tim with his first wife Little Vicki.

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.

Terry Ollis – Hawkwind – 66 today – born 11th April 1952

Pink Fairies and Hawkwind outside Canvas City, Afton 1970

Terry Ollis was the 18 year old drummer for Hawkwind at the IW Festival in 1970. Hawkwind are see here with the Pink Fairies outside Canvas City – but which one is Terry?

My money is on the drummer on the right, but you may know different!?

Feel free to comment if you know the answer.