I saw recently that Squeeze, who hailed from Deptford (just up the road from me) are playing at OnBlackheath this September. My first thought was that they wouldn't have far to travel, as I like to think they still live up the road - or should that be Up the Junction? Maybe they do, but most likely they don't.
It prompted me to think of the musical talent we have around us, especially here in London and how often we can relate to famous people from places we know and are familiar with. So when I was offered the opportunity to write this post about Dave Clark I knew exactly what my link to him would be, but I'll get onto that in a bit.
Back to Squeeze.
I imagine for them that it'd be great for them too, to play a "home" venue, especially the relatively new Blackheath festival which we went to last year. We actually saw Squeeze a few years back too at the IndigO2 (which is part of the O2) and it was one of those rare evenings where I found myself knowing quite a lot of their songs and singing along. And so, because they came from a few miles from where I live I formed an affinity with them. It was either that or the fact that they were Cool for Cats...
So what's my connection to Dave Clark?
Clearly, like Squeeze, I've never met him - but I do know one of his songs really quite well. Dave Clark was the leader and drummer of The Dave Clark Five and they were, I'm told The Beatles' biggest rival. He's also a songwriter and record producer, and the song I know and have sung along to in public and no doubt rarely in tune, is Glad All Over, which was adopted by Crystal Palace Football Club as their anthem in the 1960s.
And for many years I lived opposite Palace's ground, Selhurst Park in the first house I bought, and growing up so close to the ground meant I went to quite a few games and today still follow their results.
Dave Clark was a Londoner, born in Tottenham - I wonder what they think about his song being adopted by a South London team - and the penthouse he lived in during his time with The Dave Clark Five is currently for sale for £15,500,000 through Wetherell. I tell you it's seriously worth an online look.
Peter Wetherell, Chief Executive of Wetherell says "This is Mayfair's finest penthouse to purchase, and sits on the top two floors of the most illustrious art house cinema in Britain. The building is the stuff of Mayfair legend: Royalty, film producers, Hollywood stars and celebrities have all flocked to this famous venue and over many decades it has played host to red carpet premieres, celebrity functions and private screenings for people including General Eisenhower. Curzon Street is one of Mayfair's most desirable addresses, on the doorstep of Green Park and Hyde Park and just a short walk from Berkeley Square, Bond Street and Mount Street."
So are there any musicians that you have a local link to?
This is a collaborative post, but all opinions are my own.