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Hello Everybody,
Welcome to my April and May newsletter.

As I prepare this latest newsletter I believe I can see the first signs of Spring from my office window. I do not intend to tempt providence, but hopefully the gloomy days of the ‘gloomiest’ winter on record have passed.
The picture at the top of the newsletter of The Avons and myself was taken in Huddersfield in 1961 and has kindly been provided by Author and Broadcaster, Trevor Simpson. Many of you will have purchased Trevor’s excellent ‘Small Town Saturday Night’ books. Trevor informs me that Vol.1 is now completely sold out and a very few copies are available of Vol.2. Full details at www.smalltownsaturdaynight.com

Jet Harris
The bass line makes a number growl!
Jet Harris It is with great sadness that Jet Harris passed away in March of this year. He had been suffering from cancer for some time and sadly it finally got the better of him after a brave and valiant fight.
Jet was the original bass player with The Shadows and although I was very much aware of him I didn’t actually meet Jet until 1963, when he and Tony Meehan toured with me in the 'All Stars '63' concert package tour. Jet and Tony had reached the UK No.1 spot earlier that year with 'Diamonds', followed in April of that year with 'Scarlett O’Hara' and in September with 'Applejack'.
I remember that Gene Vincent joined as for a 'mini-tour' of 4 dates between 24th and 31st March. Gene was a strange man. He used to carry a gun around with him, which he kept in his pocket. He was very proud of his gun and at every opportunity would show it to us. One night back stage in the dressing rooms Gene and Jet got into an argument and Gene pulled out his gun and pointed straight at Jet. What did Jet do? He hid behind me!! Quick thinking saved the day! Jet and I still laughed about that all these years later.
Jet told me once that his desire to play bass guitar came when he watched Winifred Atwell play boogie-woogie on the piano. Her pounding left hand gave a piece its outward shape. He always used to say "The bass line makes a number growl!" Jet’s last shows were with me, Mike Berry and The Flames on our touring show 'Hit Parade Heroes'. He had a unique and wonderful dry sense of humour, which in between his playing, kept the audience in stitches.
It was an honour, a privilege and a pleasure to have known him and to have worked with him.
Rock ‘n’ Roll has lost a great character.
He will be missed by all of us.

Jet’s good friend Journalist Rob Bradford’s appreciation of Jet is available by clicking here.

Jet Harris Memorial Fund.
Donations to a Memorial Fund that has recently been set up can be sent c/o the Funeral Directors, Richard Steele & Partners Ltd, Alderman House, 12-14 City Road, Winchester, SO23 8SD payable to Jet Harris Memorial Fund or by Bank Transfer to HSBC Branch sort code: 40-46-39, Account No. 61794353. The Memorial Fund will be kept open for 6 months then, at some suitable date, the fund managers will distribute the money to a cancer charity/charities in memory of Jet.

Craig Douglas.
Many of you have asked about the latest news on our good friend Craig Douglas. Although Craig’s disability still restricts him to a wheelchair, and he is still receiving medical treatment, his voice is in good condition and the good news is that he is keen to join us as a very special guest star on future shows. The gig guide has been updated where we have confirmation that Craig will be appearing with us. A documentary on the life of Sir Donald Campbell containing an interview with Craig that was filmed at the Amersham Rock ‘n’ Roll Club prior to our December concert is scheduled for transmission on Sky TV’s History Channel on Wednesday 1st June. It is possible that part of the concert will also be included but at this stage the Producers are unable to confirm this.

Mike Sarne.
60’s No.1 Hit Parade Artiste and Actor Mike Sarne will also be joining me, Mike Berry and The Flames on some future Hit Parade Heroes concerts. Again the gig guide will be updated where we have confirmation that Mike will be appearing. Jet wanted the shows to continue and we are delighted that both Craig and Mike have agreed to join us.

Unfortunately we have had to cancel the concert at Frome on Friday 20th May, by reason of Jet’s passing and other Artistes not being able on that date to stand in. The concert at Crosby on Thursday 12th May has also been cancelled by the Theatre as a result of council funding being withdrawn from 31st March. Our thoughts go out to those who maybe losing their jobs as a result of the withdrawal of funds. On the positive side, a couple of new concerts have been added to the gig guide. The Flames and myself are appearing on Saturday 18th June at Plinston Hall, Letchworth and on Friday 16th September at Thwaits Empire Theatre in Blackburn.

HELP FOR HEROES PRESENTATION
Pictured with Jet, Mike and myself are Mike Clayton (Regional Help For Heroes Organiser) Lance Bombadier Smith and Gunner Maloca – 47 Regt. 25/170 Battalion Thorney Island.

Camille’s Appeal – The Children Brain Tumour Charity.
During the years I and many other Artistes have supported worthwhile charities, Charities such as ‘Find A Voice’, ‘Riding For The Disabled’ and ‘Help For Heroes’. The recent ‘Hit Parade Heroes’ Concert at Ferneham Hall resulted in nearly £2000 being raised for the ‘Help For Heroes’ fund. This year The Flames and I will be supporting another very worthwhile charity, Camille’s Appeal. The Charity is raising funds to help children under the age of five who are suffering from brain tumours. We plan to support their fund raising efforts with a special concert later in the year. More details as we get them. www.camillesappeal.co.uk

Always yours.

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