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LIVERPOOL , Thursday 20th March 2008.

I was invited to the home of Dave and June Williams , my good
Buddy friends who live in Great Sutton , Ellesmere Port , Liverpool .
We were meeting up with others to join in celebrating Buddy Holly's appearance in Liverpool on
Thursday 20th March 1958 , exactly 50 years to the day .

Buddy's widow , Maria Elena , came over from the USA , also Tommy Allsup and
Johnny Rogers .

On the Wednesday evening we all went to Huyton Conservative Club , where 1 or 2
support acts and Liverpool '60s band , The Black Knights , appeared along with
Tommy Allsup and Johnny Rogers .

Thursday we went sightseeing around Liverpool , saw the city centre , the Anglican cathedral , the docks , Matthew Street , Anfield , Goodison Park and Port Sunlight ,
and then on to the concert that evening in
The Phillharmonic Hall , Hope Street , Liverpool .

Friday , some people went home , but Dave very kindly took me to see all the
Beatles related sights .
It was so good , my thanks to him and June .

At Huyton Conservative Club .
I'd just arrived in Liverpool , and met up with good friend Dave Slater ("The Headmaster").

Dave and I first met in 1999 at Clearlake , and he booked my full Buddy Holly show for his Golf Club in Redditch .

Dave is living the dream , and has just recorded a CD in Nashville with Tommy Alsupp .

We met up again in Clearlake in 2009 .

Huyton Conservative Club , Tommy Allsup and Johnny Rogers with bass and drums from The Black Knights .

Standing outside the original entrance to
The Cavern Club on Matthew Street .

The old club is no longer in existence and a replica has since been built next door .


On stage at The Cavern Club - pity it's not live !!

Not much room up here for a 4 piece band with all their amps and drums etc , it must have been a right squash !

On the wall behind me are the names of all the Liverpool bands who performed here , including my mate Dave's band , The Jaywalkers .

Once again meeting up with friends outside
the new Cavern Club .

From left to right - Clive Harvey , me , Dave Williams and Denise and Ian Higham .



Again outside the entrance to the Cavern Club in Matthew Street , Denise , Ian , Clive and me .

The Philharmonic Hall , Hope Street , Liverpool .

Paul McCartney's "Liverpool Academy of Performing Arts" is also on Hope Street ,
and opposite the Phil is a fabulous old pub restaurant of the same name .



The entrance to the Philharmonic Pub and Restaurant , just over the road from the Philharmonic Hall .

If you think the entrance looks ornate , you should see the inside , it's a beautiful old place !

Ladies come from far and wide to be photographed in the gents loo , due to the ornate patterned tiling in there !


Me , Clive , Ian and Denise , on Hope Street , with the Roman Catholic cathedral facing us at the end of the street .

At the other end of the street is the
Anglican Cathedralwhich we visited before lunch .
It is truly a stunning building , beautiful inside .


Cheers !
We are in the Philharmonic pub . Went in for a good pint , a warm up and some lunch .

Here with Ian Higham ( my flight partner Feb 2004 ) , me and my good old mate Clive Harvey .

This is Kevin Montgomery , who was on tour in the UK and showed up on the night .

His dad Bob was with Buddy pre - Crickets .
Their duo of course was Buddy and Bob ,
and together they wrote "Heartbeat" .

At the sound check in The Phill in the afternoon .

Below , with Buddy's widow , Maria Elena .

This picture speaks for itself ,
Penny Lane of course !

At the other end of Penny Lane is the
"barber shop" (Tony Slavin's) mentioned in the lyrics of the song .

On our tour around Beatles sites , Dave said to me -
"Let me take you down , cos I'm going to ,
Strawberry Fields" .

Outside John Lennon's house where he grew up with his Aunt Mimi and Uncle George .

Note the blue plaque on the front of the house ,
the house is now owned by The National Trust .

Strawberry Field is just up the road and around the corner , less than 5 minutes walk .

This is St Peter's Church graveyard .
Just to the right of me is the gravestone of
Eleanor Rigby .

This is St Peter's Church Hall , just across the road from the church .

The Quarrymen (John Lennon's first band) had played the afternoon at the Church Fete and then they went across the road to the hall to play for the evening function where a mutual friend first introduced Paul McCartney to John Lennon here in this building on
July 6th 1957 .

The story of this fateful first meeting is told on the plaque on the wall behind me .

Dave and June , with their friend Sheila , took me out to Liverpool's "John Lennon Airport " .

We saw this amazing bronze statue of John Winston Lennon , such a stunning work of art !
Outside Paul McCartney's house ,
20 Forthlin Road , Liverpool , roughly one mile from John Lennon's house .



JAMES BURTON Concert in LIVERPOOL , November 2010


In November 2010 I was lucky enough to get to see guitar legend James Burton in the
Floral Pavilion, New Brighton just over the Mersey
from Liverpool .

I went with my buddies , L to R in foto :
Clive , Me , Dave , Gavin and Mike .

The Floral Pavilion , New Brighton .
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James did several sets from his career with Ricky Nelson , Elvis in Vegas and his country recordings .
Local artistes provided back up and the result was a great night of rock'n'roll music .
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