Artistes and artists!
January was a busy month in Los Angeles and in the UK.
L.A. correspondent Elvis Aggy caught up with Ed Hill.
Ed was the baritone singer for Elvis Presley. He was with Elvis’ back-up singers, JD Summers and the Stamps Quartet, for 25 years. He is also the famous voice at the end of every Elvis concert saying: “Elvis has left the building.”
The Travis Dagget Band, with Elvis Aggy on guitar, opened the show. “Ed has left the building to continue his west coast tour!” http://www.edhill4u.com/
Meanwhile, in England, Jane Quinn was chatting with pop artist Sir Peter Blake (above) about his famous design for the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover.
Blake painted several album sleeves. He designed the sleeve for Sgt. Pepper’s
Lonely Hearts Club Band with his wife Jann Haworth, the American born artist he married in 1963 and divorced in 1979. The Sgt. Pepper sleeve has become an iconic work of pop art, much imitated and Blake’s best known work.
Producing the collage necessitated construction of a set with cut-out photographs and objects, such as flowers, centred around a drum with the title of the album.
Blake made sleeves for the Band Aid single “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”(1984),Paul Weller’s “Stanley Road” (1995) and the Ian Dury tribute album “Brand New Boots and Panties” (2001).
Blake was Dury’s tutor at the Royal College of Art in the mid-60s. He designed theSleeves for Pentangle’s “Sweet Child” and The Who’s “Face Dances” (1981).
Tim Quinn was booking and promoting the 2014 Mike McGear McCartney Tour, Sex, Drugs & Rock ‘n’ Roll, with a preview show in Pitlochry as part of the PFT
Winter Words Festival 2014. He’s been pop star, photographer, and calls Sir Paul McCartney “Our Kid.” Now Mike McCartney sets out on tour to talk about his extraordinary life. www.facebook.com/MikeMcGearMcCartney