Dual Nationality Dave has the dubious honour of being the oldest presenter on Koast Radio and is often referred to as the Koast Kodger. His voice has previously been heard on the 1960’s “pirate” station Radio England, bobbing up and down in the North Sea, and on the more renowned land based Radio Luxembourg.
The first record he ever played as a DJ was Dusty Springfield’s “I only want to be with you”. Dave was just eighteen at the time. The first “on air” record he played was “Summer in the City” by the Lovin’ Spoonful.
Dave spent time as a “gofor” with the Larry Parnes “pop stable” tours which featured artistes such as Billy Fury, Marty Wilde, Vince Eager, Joe Brown, Georgie Fame, Tommy Bruce, Dickie Pride and others with The Tornados as the main backing group.
Dave’s career included working as a freelance writer for Record Mirror and New Musical Express in addition to writing a weekly “Pop Column” for his local newspaper, the Luton News. These activities led to him meeting most of the pop music icons”, both English and American, of the sixties, as well as effectively giving him an open pass to the EMI studios on Abbey Road. Generally of the “stars” weren’t “stars” at all – they were just ordinary guys and girls doing what they liked best. Those that couldn’t reach the top of their own ego were, he says, rare and mostly originated from Liverpool.
At one stage he was involved with a fledging recording studio in Luton which a band called McGegor’s Engine used as a practice room. The band consisted of local lads Mick Abrahams, Clive Bunker and Dave’s school friend Andy Pyle. Several of the tracks which had been recorded Dave presented to Decca, EMI and Philips for consideration, but no immediate interest was shown. Mick and Clive met Ian Anderson shortly afterwards and Jethro Tull was born. When Mick left Jethro he formed Blodwyn Pig along with Andy.
In addition to regular spots at London’s Whisky-a-Go-Go, Marquee and Flamingo clubs Dave’s career as a DJ took him to venues nationwide, and was managed by Eric Easton whose office was in Little Argyle Street, opposite The London Palladium. Eric actually “discovered” The Rolling Stones but lost them to Andrew Oldham. Eric would offer a venue a package of a top act, a support band and Dave (or one of the other guys he managed) as DJ to be fill the night’s entertainment slot.
When he wasn’t working Dave spent most of his nights with others from the music industry at the “Bag O’ Nails”, a club in Kingly Street, London W1, close to where he was living at the time. It was the favourite hangout of the 60’s pop industry.
After a motor accident following a gig with Procul Harum Dave changed career direction …….until now !!!!
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