Stepney, when it was in Middlesex!
I can remember family stuff much earlier than this, but my earliest interest in music was "Cool for Cats" on ITV in the late 1950s, presented by Kent Walton:
The guitarists (whose names are unknown by me now, although I am sure I never knew who they were anyway!) with arch-top guitars always interested me.
"In Dreams" by Roy Orbison.
I believe so. Somewhere!
Drawing and Painting, as well as learning to play Blues Guitar.
Yes, it was at the Granada cinema in East Ham. It was brilliant - The Yardbirds (with Jeff Beck) and Manfred Mann (with Paul Jones). If I remember correctly, Status Quo were the first or second band on! Way before their first hit record.
I've been a painter and decorator ever since signing my apprenticeship indentures after leaving school. I must be really lucky: I cannot think of any really bad job, but I won't say anything about my present one - my guvnor might read it!
I lived In Wilton's Music Hall, but it was a Methodist Chapel way back when. The building is in a sad state now and needs lots of TLC.
Six really good artists, to my way of thinking. I could name another six blues musicians, then another six musicians, six footballers, six comics, etc, etc...
No. I fiddled about a bit on a Watkins Rapier 33, way back in the sixties. I have always liked the idea of playing music (guitar), but life just got in my way.
Only the Fare Bands on the underground!
Hearing The Rolling Stones First two LPs, quickly followed by a Muddy Waters LP, bought because I recognised the name Mackinley Morganfield or Willie Dixon as a songwriter credited by the Stones on a record. Found them in the basement of a shop opposite Barking Station, quickly followed by finding "Robert Johnson - King of the Delta Blues" in Jack Dobell's at 77 Charing Cross Road. I was well and truly caught - hook, line and sinker!
I think I have pretty varied tastes. I like some of the old Music Hall songs (I blame my mum & dad for that!), 50s Rock 'n' Roll, 1920s-30s American acoustic Folk Blues and 40/50s/60s American electric Blues and/or R&B as we used to called it back in the 60s; English R&B and a lot of the pop stuff from that time. Because of Sunday night at the London Palladium, some show music, some of the popular opera songs, a little bit of Gilbert and Sullivan etc, etc. It all depends on my frame of mind at the time, I suppose!
Very, very Difficult! Usually whoever I am into at that particular moment. Charley Patton, Son House, Bukka T Washington White, Robert Johnson, Sleepy John Estes, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Johnny Shines, Larry Johnson, Byther Smith, Lonesome Sundown, Magic Sam, Otis Rush, Freddy, Albert and BB. King, Lowell Fulsom, Sonny Boy Williamson 1 & 2, etc, etc, etc. The more I think, the more I could name.
Roy Orbison and Carl Perkins.
No, but I have been within touching distance of Son House, Bukka T Washington White, Arthur (Big Boy) Crudup, Rooservelt Sykes and Larry Johnson.
Tele's and Strats.
Expensive! - American import LPs always used to cost more than an English LP, and to get them always meant spending fare money on travelling to the record shop, instead of spending the money on records! There was Jack Dobell's in Charing Cross Road or Chris Wellard's rare records in New cross. I even used to go out to Flyright Records in Bexhill on sea!
I lived opposite Peter Braybrook, who played football for West Ham United. During a pre-match kickaround he spotted me in the crowd and said hallo, and after that the kids in the stand all wanted my autograph!
The music, the friendly atmosphere, the friends I have met.
I would have liked to have heard Charlie Patton, Son House and Willie Brown Playing Live when they were in there prime.
Blimey guvnor - that's a job and no mistake. Well, I suppose Michael "not a lot of people know that" Caine. Cor... it wouldn't half be a boring film!
Marmite - but Pa would. Yes ! Yes!
Watercolour painting materials and equipment.
Try to Keep smiling! It's hard, but it don't half get on the nerves of those people giving you grief!
I'd love to be good enough and feel confident enough to play a set at the jam (just rhythm guitar would suit me)!