Girl Cant Help It by Little Richard. This is Richs first
experience of rock n roll. He was seven years of age and he
needed to take three records into school for the annual Christmas party.
Not having any records of his own, his Dad dutifully looked up three records
which he had in his own collection. After a little thought, the following
records were to emerge, The Greatest Hits of Little Richard,
The Greatest Hits of Chuck Berry, and the soundtrack to the
motion picture Grease! Then, with his hair slicked back with
Brylcreem (boy did it smell good) and his Dads three records under
his arm, Rich was to walk into school with his new found music and he
has never looked back.
No record has ever had such a profound effect upon me as those greatest
hits of Little Richard. The sheer power and excitement is something which
has never subsidised even after 20 years. It is without doubt the record
that got me hooked on rock n roll. Rich, older brother
to Ed, shares many of his siblings sentiments and feelings towards
rock n roll music. Especially in the way in which it needs
to be approached when playing it. Rock n roll needs
to be played with feel. It is not enough just to play the notes.
Many talented musicians dismiss rock n roll as merely three
chord music, however if there is no vibe or groove
to the way its played then it becomes flat and lifeless. Rock n
roll sounds best when it is performed with a fire and spirit with which
the original performers gave to it. When Ed and Rich along
with their management team of Val and Harry Stephenson and Leisure Management
decided to put together At The Hop, they felt that it was
important to portray along with the excitement and sense of fun within
the show, the spirit and vibe which has helped make rock n
roll as popular as it is.
I love to play rock n roll music and along with Ed I
feel very fortunate to be able to perform it as a profession.
All the best.