The Clyde Valley Stompers became, in the 1950s, Scotland’s premier jazz band. They were the focus of “Stompermania” and enjoyed huge commercial success. And then in 1963 they disappeared mysteriously from the scene. In “Don’t Call me Clyde!” clarinettist Peter Kerr tells the story of what actually happened. How, at just 20 years of age he inherited Leadership of the “Clydes, how they achieved chart success, were produced by George Martin, soon to sign the Beatles, and were launched into the glitzy world of mainstream popular music.
This fondly recounted, entertaining and humorous memoir by the award-winning author of the Snowball Oranges series, chronicles the highlights, hardships, backstabbing, generosity and greed that marked the rise and fall of such an iconic band. But Peter also skilfully portrays an affectionate recollection of family life during the austerity gripped years following the Second World War.
Peter will be appearing in the Star Room, John Gray Centre, Haddington on Tuesday 16th August at 11.00am.
All welcome to this free event. Peter will also be signing copies of his books.