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When we saw Shaky on stage for the first time, it was unbelievable. I’ve never seen anyone move as well as him, or have the ability to whip up so much ‘excitement’ in the audience with just a bend of his knee or something similar. Cliff is great on stage, but so was Shaky, and I never got that ‘buzz’ watching Cliff move, like I did with Shaky. He’s mellowed a little, in many ways, over the years, but even on the 1999 and 2000 tours he still got them rockin’ in the aisles. 1999 in Ayr was an unbelievable show. Scottish audiences have almost always been, FANTASTIC! (Even back to the Castaways days). The audience reaction when Shaky walked on stage (having not toured for some years) was awesome, and he responded to them, whipped them into a frenzy, had them ‘in his hand’ a great night for all. The ‘99 show at Fairfield Hall Croydon was another unexpectedly excellent show. You don’t really expect London audiences to be ‘responsive’, certainly this lot hadn’t read the script, they were amazing!! Shaky put in one of his best performances of the tour that evening. Glasgow  Pavilion 2000 was another great show from Shaky and the band, although if you’d read the national press the next day, you may not have thought so. They concentrated purely on the way the ‘bouncers’ treated some of the crowd, who were after all, only having a good time. That is why you go to concerts isn’t it?

I don’t think Shaky gets the credit he deserves for his contribution to British music. Wasn’t he the most successful recording artist in the UK in the ‘80’s. I remember doing a concert with him, at the London Palladium where, for part of the show, we played a ‘medley’ of ‘some’(not all), of his hits, which lasted about 30 minutes, and that was only playing parts of the songs! He also kept rock‘n’roll alive and kicking , and in the charts! He sang the music he loved and performed best. Occasionally he changed direction a little, to keep up with changes going on in music, but he was always based in rock‘n’roll.

When John Perry, Stu and me parted company with Cliff, we also went our different ways. Stu had moved down to Devon sometime earlier and decided to retire down there due to ill health. He was involved in the church in his local community and seemed happy to stay down there. John Perry had also got religion in a BIG way. I wasn’t ready to give up  just yet, even though the music business had started to change and it didn’t seem to be in need of 3 blokes singing great harmonies anymore. (Although when Cliff came back, after the musical, he went back to using 3 blokes--- trouble was, it wasn’t us!) I still don’t think our ‘replacements’ ever achieved the standard of harmonies that we gave him. There’s an ‘art’ to backing harmonies that isn’t just based on having three people who can sing well!


Photographs © copyright Tony Rivers
Mick, Tony, Ant, doing the ‘support’ for Shaky,
Ipswich Gaumont, March,1988.

Same again, Scarborough Futurist, March ‘88