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Clem Cattini + My Life Through The Eye Of A Tornado + Rock n Roll Book Club + Q & A + DJ Joe Geek


Dublin Castle

94 Parkway NW1 7AN London

Gig Description

Clem Cattini is the legendary drummer whose career spans over 60 years, beginning in the mid-1950s. In 1960 Clem teamed up with Johnny Kidd and The Pirates, resulting in the classic recording of arguably Britain’s greatest rock and roll record, Shakin’ All Over. Clem became involved with maverick record producer Joe Meek and The Tornados were formed as the Holloway Rd house band, which led to the recording of the worldwide hit Telstar, the first British record to reach the number one spot in the American Billboard charts in 1963.  When an opportunity arose to play studio sessions, meaning he could still enjoy playing music without the hassles of being constantly out on the road, Clem jumped at the chance. Meeting up and drinking coffee in cafes in Denmark Street with the likes of guitarists Big Jim Sullivan and Jimmy Page, bassist John Paul Jones, and drummers Bobby Graham and Tony Meehan, they were hired to put down the tracks for hundreds of hit records during those crazy days of the 60s and the 70s. Clem’s career included a decade as a member of The Top of the Pops Orchestra. He was approached for tours by numerous stars, as well as being headhunted for the band that would become Led Zeppelin, and also for Paul McCartney’s Wings, both of whom he decided to politely turn down. During his session days Clem played on recordings for artists as diverse as Cliff Richard, Ike and Tina Turner, Lou Reed, Lulu, Tom Jones, T. Rex and The Who, in the process racking up a mighty 42 No. 1 UK hit singles. Set against the backdrop of cultural and social development of post-war Britain, Through The Eye Of A Tornado is an affectionate look back over an unparalleled career, with Clem and friends recalling the early days of the British rock and roll scene around Soho, the life of a session musician, and revealing the stories behind the some of the best-known music made in the UK over the past 60 years. Written by Bip Wetherell and Clive Smith with Clem Cattini. Foreword by Jimmy Tarbuck MBE. Q and A by Julie Hamill with interruptions and sonic illustrations by the mysterious Joe Geek. Could this be Tarby himself?! (No it’s Tony Bugbear)…

Source: Dublin Castle website