are you best known for?
did you get started with your career?
actually training to be a graphic design artist and an art teacher
at Green Lane Art College, and Kirby College of Further Education.
was economic difficulties at home, with my Dad out of work, and
as I wasnt on a college grant, whatever, I left Art College
and worked as a salesman in a boutique called Gentry in Redcar.
I had been singing locally for several years, when I saw an article
in a music paper called the Melody Maker.
said that the rock group, Deep Purple, were still looking for a
singer, and were considering unknowns,and, as I was
considerably unknown,I thought Id try for it.
that was the beginning, as it were.Oh,I almost forgot,I got the
there any person who helped you progress?
me Mam, she encouraged me from the very beginning.
your advice for anyone following in your footsteps?
for it, but make your own footprints.
top 3 things about coming from Teesside are?
up in Saltburn, the North Yorkshire zero tolerance for bullsh***
has kept me in pretty good stead for most of my lifes journeys.
Oh,and me Yorkshire Puddings!
are your favourite places in the area?
beach, the Moors and McCoys restaurant aka The Cleveland Tontine.Oh,
can I have 4?.Me Aunties, mustnt forget them!
there anything you miss when away from the area?
me Mam, she passed away some years ago, so, I dont really
get home to Teesside much now. I live at Lake Tahoe
in Nevada, USA, which is a bit of a distance away...
you name 3 other famous people from the area?
Frost, Charles Laughton and Wacky Jacky! No Paul Rodgers, Chris
Rea and Wacky Jacky!
up Teesside in one sentence
Centre of the Known Universe!