The Symbols

The 90's to 2000

I left the band in the 1990’s to work with different R’n’B bands and in 1995 I joined ‘The Beach Buggies’ a Beach Boy tribute band led by Tony Rivers and Alan Carvel. Other members included Anthony Rivers, Gerry Slattery and John Carr. Two memorable shows included Mike Batt (Wombles) 50th birthday party and a tribute to Brian Wilson show at the Orange in London which was televised. Excerpts from the show at the Orange can be seen on YouTube (under Tony Rivers
Graduation Day).

Paul Bennett was to return from Australia to join ‘Dozy Beaky Mick & Tich’ as ‘Beaky’. He later re-joined me, Andy Farrel on bass and Peter Bailey on guitar as ‘Crossroads’.

During this 1960’s – 1990’s period life long friend Bob Powis was always close at hand as Road Manager looking after us and making sure everything ran smoothly.

Sadly Paul Bennett passed away in August 2003 and George Ford passed away in 2006. They will be sadly missed but not forgotten.

Shaun Corrigan and Colin White continued working as a duo. John Milton retired and now lives in Spain. Mick Clarke continues to work with the ‘Rubettes’, ‘Swinging Blue Jeans’, as a solo artist and with many duos. I continued working with R’n’B bands and more recently with the ‘Peter Coats Trio’ accompanying ‘Chris Di Marco’ (Rat Pack Frank Sinatra). Bob Powis is still in close contact with everyone.

I continued to work on the Southend music scene with bands such as the ‘Al’ Morroco 5, Mud Slappers, Cruiser, Bare Wire Blues, Grand Reunion and Crossroads’. A notable gig with Crossroads was at the Grand Hotel Leigh on Sea in 2000. This featured very good friends singer songwriter Stephen Colyer, guitarist Andy Farrel on Bass, Pete Bailey guitar and vocals, Gary Plumley (renowned session sax player) and myself on drums. Notable guests were Dave Mundon and Ricky Westwood from ‘The Tremeloes’ who Steve Colyer managed at the time. Steve also managed groups such as Mud and The Rubettes. He was also head of promotion at CBS Records and a very good friend of David Essex. Steve had also been in the Jeff Beck Group with Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood.

More recently I joined the Peter Coats Trio. The line-up was Peter Coates piano and vocals, Andy Farell bass and myself on drums. We backed Chris di Marco (Rat Pack) in a show called My Pal Frank at the Palace Theatre, Westcliff on Sea, Essex. The line-up was an 8 piece band, girl singers and dancers including the now well established Lee Mead. The trio continued to back Chris and later embarked on a Fred Olsen cruise ship. Chris (now known as Chris Mann) has been performing in a resident show in one of Palma, Majorca’s hottest night spots.

I am still in contact with many artists one of which Mervin Greenaway who now lives in Lincolnshire. Mervin has managed through Richard Jeffs to trace a copy of the film we made called ‘Money Sings’.

Bob Powis has now also moved to Lincolnshire but keeps in regular contact. The whereabouts of Ricky Smith, John Baccini and Chas Wade are not known. Tragically Paul Service was killed in a car accident whilst driving back from a gig. Tony Philips lives in Hertfordshire and continues to work as an actor/singer songwriter.

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